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Grand Street is a station on the IND Sixth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Grand Street and Chrystie Street in Chinatown and the Lower East Side of Manhattan, it is served by the D train at all times and the B on weekdays. Opened on November 26, 1967, this station was one of two added as part of the Chrystie Street Connection. It is also a proposed station on the Second Avenue Subway, whose fourth phase would include new platform(s) connecting to the existing platforms.

 Grand Street
 "B" train"D" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Grand Street - Platform.jpg
Station statistics
AddressGrand Street & Chrystie Street
New York, NY 10002
LocaleChinatown, Lower East Side
Coordinates40°43′05″N 73°59′38″W / 40.718119°N 73.993864°W / 40.718119; -73.993864Coordinates: 40°43′05″N 73°59′38″W / 40.718119°N 73.993864°W / 40.718119; -73.993864
DivisionB (IND)
Line      IND Sixth Avenue Line
Services      B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
      D all times (all times)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: M103 (on Bowery)
Platforms2 side platforms
Other information
OpenedNovember 26, 1967; 51 years ago (1967-11-26)
Station code231[1]
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
Passengers (2017)7,653,408[3]Decrease 3.6%
Rank50 out of 425
Station succession
Next northBroadway–Lafayette Street: B weekdays until 11:00 p.m.D all times
Next southMyrtle Avenue (closed): no regular service
DeKalb Avenue (local): B weekdays until 11:00 p.m.D late nights
Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center (express): D all except late nights



Track layout

The station was built as part of the Chrystie Street Connection between the Sixth Avenue Line and the Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges. The Chrystie Street Connection was first proposed in 1947 as the southern end of the Second Avenue Subway (SAS), which would feed into the two bridges, allowing Sixth Avenue Line trains to access the BMT Jamaica Line, BMT Fourth Avenue Line and the BMT Brighton Line in Brooklyn. Construction started in 1962, and the first part of the connection, including this station, opened on November 26, 1967, when the link between the Sixth Avenue Line and the Manhattan Bridge north tracks opened.[4][5] The connection was fully opened on July 1, 1968, with the opening of the 57th Street and the opening of the connection between the Sixth Avenue Line and the Williamsburg Bridge.[4] With the connection completed, the most significant service changes ever carried out in the subway's history were introduced.[6][7]

Upon this station's opening the routes of the B and D were rerouted via the new connection. BB trains were relabeled the B, and began to run to Coney Island via the Chrystie Street Connection, the Manhattan Bridge north tracks, Fourth Avenue Line express tracks, and the West End Line. D trains were rerouted from the Culver Line to run to Coney Island via the new Sixth Avenue express tracks, the Chrystie Street Connection, the Manhattan Bridge north tracks, and the Brighton Line.[4][5][8][7]

When the north Manhattan Bridge tracks were closed for repairs from 1986 to 1988, in 1995, and from 2001 to 2004, this station was served by the Grand Street Shuttle to the Sixth Avenue Line and there was no subway service to Brooklyn.[9] A shuttle bus replaced service to Brooklyn from 2001 to 2004.[10][11][12]

Station layoutEdit

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound   toward Bedford Park Boulevard rush hours, 145th Street other times (Broadway–Lafayette Street)
  toward 205th Street (Broadway–Lafayette Street)
Southbound   toward Brighton Beach (DeKalb Avenue)
  toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center all except nights; DeKalb Avenue late nights)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
1960s-era entrance at the northeast corner of Chrystie Street and Grand Street

The station has two tracks and two narrow side platforms. They are column-less, except at staircases, and have a blue trim line with "GRAND ST" in white sans-serif font on it at regular intervals.[10][13] In the original plan for the station, this would have been a four-track, two-island platform station; the Second Avenue Subway would have served the outer tracks while the Sixth Avenue Line served the inner tracks, providing a cross-platform interchange between these two lines.[10][13][14][8]:216–217[15] Although the connection only served Sixth Avenue Line trains, it was essentially the first part of the Second Avenue line that had been constructed.[14][8] There is a sole mezzanine at the center of the station which has two staircases to each platform, a turnstile bank, token booth, and access to the street exits.[16]

On the Brooklyn-bound side, there is a small sign reading "Change Radio Channel to B1", indicating that train operators must change the channel on the route destination box from B2 (IND) to B1 (BMT) before crossing the Manhattan Bridge. Southbound trains leaving this station cross over the north side of the bridge and arrive at DeKalb Avenue or Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center (via the DeKalb Avenue bypass tracks).[17] As the tracks curve onto the bridge, trackways from Canal Street on the Manhattan Bridge branch of the BMT Broadway Line are visible.[18] The north side of the bridge originally led to that station before the current alignment was completed in 1967.[10]


There are three staircase exits: two going up to the northeastern corner of the intersection of Grand and Chrystie Streets, and one going up to the northwestern corner.[16] The station originally only had the two street stairs to the northeastern corner of the intersection, but due to growing ridership over the years—mainly by commuters from various Brooklyn neighborhoods to Manhattan's Chinatown—the third staircase to the northwestern corner was added in 1999.[19]


Musicians playing huqin for passengers in the station; behind them is the Trains of Thought frieze

A painted frieze called Trains of Thought by Andrea Gardner and Sally Heller was installed at the mezzanine and platforms in the late 1990s as the "Creative Stations" program sponsored by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. It features red clay models of R62s/R62As mounted on wood.[20]

Second Avenue Subway plansEdit

In addition to connecting the BMT Nassau Street and IND Sixth Avenue Lines, as well as the Sixth Avenue Line to the Manhattan Bridge, the Chrystie Street Connection is one of the few completed sections of the SAS. The Grand Street station was built to serve as a transfer point between the Sixth Avenue and Second Avenue lines.[10] The connection was built this way because the original 1960s plans for the SAS had Second Avenue and Sixth Avenue Line trains sharing two island platforms in a four-track layout, with connections from the Second Avenue Line to the Sixth Avenue Line and the Manhattan Bridge.[10] Because Second Avenue Subway construction was halted in 1975, this station has only served Sixth Avenue Line trains since its opening. As part of the contemporary Second Avenue Subway construction, a new station is planned for construction below the current station during the fourth and final phase of the project;[21] Phase 1 of the project on the Upper East Side opened on January 1, 2017,[22][23] with Phase 2 in planning[24][25] and two other phases with no funding commitments.[26]

An abandoned segment of the Second Avenue Subway located just south of Grand Street

During modern planning, it was considered to utilize the cross-platform provision, known as the "Shallow Chrystie Option", or to place the tracks under Forsyth Street one block east (the Forsyth Option), both of which could tie into an existing tunnel near the Chatham Square station site south of Canal Street. This tunnel, known as the Confucius Plaza Tunnel, was built in the 1970s along with several sections in Upper Manhattan used for Phases 1 and 2 of the SAS.[10][27][28][29][30] Both these options would require extensive usage of cut-and-cover construction methods, creating large amounts of disturbances to the local community, environmental issues, and possibly requiring the demolition of existing structures.[27][31]

Current plans, however, have the Second Avenue platform to be built below the current one, though a free transfer will still be provided.[10][32][28] The "Deep Chrystie Option", as the selected proposal is called, would instead place the Second Avenue Subway platform below the Sixth Avenue Line tracks, to create the least amount of community disturbance by utilizing tunnel boring machines. Cut-and-cover methods would be utilized only at the station site.[27][33][10] The current platforms would be widened to create space for staircases to a new intermediate mezzanine between the two levels. This new mezzanine level will also include a new fare control area with staircases, escalators and elevators leading to two new station entrances/exits, with one on either side of Grand Street between Chrystie and Forsyth Streets.[33][34][27] Although the Second Avenue Subway platform and the new entrances/exits would be ADA accessible,[34] it is currently unknown if the Sixth Avenue Line platforms will also become ADA accessible. However, the widening of the platforms and additional entrances would likely trigger ADA requirements for adding elevators.[35] To the north of the station, the Second Avenue Subway would probably go directly under Sara D. Roosevelt Park rather than below the Chrystie Street Connection tracks. To the south, the unused tunnel between Pell and Canal Streets could be used as an ancillary facility with the new passenger-service tunnels directly to the west.[28]


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