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First Avenue station (BMT Canarsie Line)

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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,[4] it is served by the L train at all times.

 1 Avenue
 "L" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
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Station statistics
AddressFirst Avenue & East 14th Street
New York, NY 10003
LocaleEast Village, Stuyvesant Park, Stuyvesant Town
Coordinates40°43′53″N 73°58′57″W / 40.731324°N 73.982577°W / 40.731324; -73.982577Coordinates: 40°43′53″N 73°58′57″W / 40.731324°N 73.982577°W / 40.731324; -73.982577
DivisionB (BMT)
Line      BMT Canarsie Line
Services      L all times (all times)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: M14A, M14D, M15 (northbound), M15 Select Bus Service (northbound)
Platforms2 side platforms
Other information
OpenedJune 30, 1924; 94 years ago (1924-06-30)
RebuiltJuly 1, 2019; 4 days' time (2019-07-01) to December 31, 2020; 18 months' time (2020-12-31)
Station code119[1]
Accessiblenot ADA-accessible; currently undergoing renovations for ADA access
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
Passengers (2017)7,071,729[3]Decrease 7.7%
Rank58 out of 425
Station succession
Next westThird Avenue: L all times
Next eastBedford Avenue: L all times


Station layoutEdit

Track layout
to 3 Av
G Street level Exit/entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard machines
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Westbound   toward Eighth Avenue (weekdays) (Third Avenue)
Eastbound   toward Eighth Avenue (nights and weekends) (Third Avenue)
  toward Canarsie (Bedford Avenue)
Side platform, doors will open on the left, right

This station opened on June 30, 1924, as part of the 14th Street–Eastern Line, which ran from Sixth Avenue under the East River and through Williamsburg to Montrose and Bushwick Avenues.[5][6]

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.[7]


This station's only entrances/exits are at the extreme west (railroad north) end. From each platform, a single staircase goes up to a small mezzanine that contains a turnstile bank, token booth, and two street stairs to the east side of First Avenue at 14th Street. The ones on the Eighth Avenue-bound platform lead to the northeast corner while the ones on the Brooklyn-bound platform lead to the southeast corner. The mezzanine on the Brooklyn-bound side has a florist shop outside fare control. There is no free transfer between directions at this station.[8]

As part of the wide scope in the 2019–2020 rebuilding of the Canarsie Tubes that were damaged during Hurricane Sandy, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is building new station entrances on both sides of Avenue A to improve service for people living in Stuyvesant Town and the Lower East Side. New elevators would be built in the station.[9][10] Work on the new Avenue A entrances began in July 2017,[11][12] necessitating the relocation of bus stops at that intersection.[13] As of November 2018, construction on the elevator and new street entrances is expected to be completed by November 2020.[14]

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  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2012–2017". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Subway Tunnel Through". The New York Times. August 8, 1919. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  6. ^ "Celebrate Opening of Subway Link". The New York Times. July 1, 1924. Retrieved February 13, 2010.
  8. ^ a b c d e "MTA Neighborhood Maps: East Village" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  9. ^ "MTA - Press Release - NYC Transit - MTA Seeks Federal Funds to Increase Capacity on Canarsie L Line". Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  10. ^ " | Superstorm Sandy: One Year Later". Retrieved June 5, 2016.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ "Project Description, Budget and Scope". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. March 31, 2018. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  13. ^ "Bus stop shelters on East 14th Street removed, will be relocated". Town & Village. July 7, 2017. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  14. ^ "Capital Program Oversight Committee Meeting November 2018" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. November 13, 2018. p. 92. Retrieved November 10, 2018.

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