First Avenue station (BMT Canarsie Line)
First Avenue is a station on the BMT Canarsie Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of First Avenue and East 14th Street at the border of Stuyvesant Park, Stuyvesant Town, and the East Village in Manhattan, it is served by the L train at all times.
|New York City Subway station (rapid transit)|
Eighth Avenue bound platform
|Address||First Avenue & East 14th Street|
New York, NY 10003
|Locale||East Village, Stuyvesant Park, Stuyvesant Town|
|Line||BMT Canarsie Line|
|Services||L (all times)|
|Transit connections||NYCT Bus: M14A/M14D Select Bus Service, M15 (northbound), M15 Select Bus Service (northbound)|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Opened||June 30, 1924|
|Rebuilt||July 1, 2019to December 31, 2020|
|Accessible||not ADA-accessible; currently undergoing renovations for ADA access|
|Passengers (2018)||6,743,140 4.6%|
|Rank||60 out of 424|
|Next west||Third Avenue: L|
|Next east||Bedford Avenue: L|
|M||Mezzanine||Fare control, station agent, MetroCard machines|
|Side platform, doors will open on the left, right|
|Westbound||← toward Eighth Avenue (Third Avenue)|
toward Canarsie (nights and weekends) (Bedford Avenue) →
|Eastbound||toward Canarsie (weekdays) (Bedford Avenue) →|
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
This is the easternmost Canarsie Line station in Manhattan. East of here, the line travels under the East River to Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
This station has two side platforms and two tracks. The platforms are columnless and have the standard BMT style trim-line and name tablets. The former contains "1" tablets in standard intervals while the latter consists of "FIRST AVE" in Times New Roman font.
In September 1983 this station was the site of a New York City Transit Police arrest of a black vandal, Michael Stewart, who was writing graffiti on the station wall, and who later died in police custody. Six of the police officers involved, all of them white, were acquitted by an all-white jury.
The station's western entrances are at the (railroad north) end of the station; from each platform, a single staircase goes up to a small mezzanine that contains a turnstile bank, token booth. Two street stairs to the Eighth Avenue-bound platform lead to the northeastern corner of First Avenue and 14th Street, while the ones to the Brooklyn-bound platform lead to the southeastern corner. The mezzanine on the Brooklyn-bound side had a florist shop outside fare control; the shop closed in 2019. There is no free transfer between directions at this station.
The station's eastern entrances are at the railroad south end of the station; there are platform-level turnstile banks from each platform. One street stair to the Eighth Avenue-bound platform leads to the northwestern corner of Avenue A and 14th Street, while two to the Brooklyn-bound platform lead to the southwestern corner. The entrances were built as part of the wide scope in the 2019–2020 rebuilding of the Canarsie Tubes that were damaged during Hurricane Sandy to improve service for people living in Stuyvesant Town and the Lower East Side. Work on the entrances began in July 2017, necessitating the relocation of bus stops at that intersection. The entrances to the Brooklyn-bound platform were opened on November 4, 2019, while the entrance to the Eighth Avenue-bound platform will be opened by the end of 2019.
New elevators are being built at the new eastern entrances and are expected to open in June 2020. Construction on the elevators and any remaining construction on the entrances are expected to be completed by November 2020.
Nearby points of interestEdit
- "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
- "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
- "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
- "Subway Tunnel Through". The New York Times. August 8, 1919. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
- "Celebrate Opening of Subway Link". The New York Times. July 1, 1924. Retrieved February 13, 2010.
- JURY ACQUITS ALL TRANSIT OFFICERS IN 1983 DEATH OF MICHAEL STEWART, The New York Times
- MTA neighborhood map
- Hobbs, Allegra (July 11, 2017). "MTA Begins Work on New L Train Entrance at Avenue A as Bus Stops Relocate". DNAinfo New York. Archived from the original on September 1, 2017. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
- "Project Description, Budget and Scope". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. March 31, 2018. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
- "Bus stop shelters on East 14th Street removed, will be relocated". Town & Village. July 7, 2017. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
- "MTA - Press Release - NYC Transit - MTA Seeks Federal Funds to Increase Capacity on Canarsie L Line". mta.info. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
- "mta.info | Superstorm Sandy: One Year Later". web.mta.info. Retrieved June 5, 2016.
- "Capital Program Oversight Committee Meeting November 2018" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. November 13, 2018. p. 92. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to 1st Avenue (BMT Canarsie Line).|
- nycsubway.org – nycsubway.org BMT Canarsie Line: 1st Avenue
- Station Reporter — L Train
- The Subway Nut — 1st Avenue Pictures
- First Avenue entrance from Google Maps Street View
- Platforms from Google Maps Street View
- East end of platforms under construction for "Avenue A" entrance from Google Maps Street View