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Spring Street station (IRT Lexington Avenue Line)

Spring Street is a local station on the IRT Lexington Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Lafayette Street and Spring Street in SoHo and Little Italy, Manhattan, it is served by the 6 train at all times, the <6> during weekdays in the peak direction, and the 4 during late night hours.

 Spring Street
 "6" train"6" express train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Spring Street 002.JPG
Brooklyn bound platform
Station statistics
AddressSpring Street & Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10012
LocaleLittle Italy, SoHo
Coordinates40°43′20″N 73°59′50″W / 40.72222°N 73.99722°W / 40.72222; -73.99722Coordinates: 40°43′20″N 73°59′50″W / 40.72222°N 73.99722°W / 40.72222; -73.99722
DivisionA (IRT)
Line      IRT Lexington Avenue Line
Services      4 late nights (late nights)
      6 all times (all times) <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction (weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction)
Platforms2 side platforms
Other information
OpenedOctober 27, 1904; 115 years ago (October 27, 1904)[1]
Station code409[2]
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[3]
Passengers (2018)3,654,673[4]Decrease 1.3%
Rank130 out of 424
Station succession
Next northBleecker Street: 4 late nights6 all times <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
Next southCanal Street: 4 late nights6 all times <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction


Track layout

Spring Street was one of the 28 original stations of the first subway line in Manhattan, which opened on October 27, 1904.[5] At this time, Spring Street served local trains from the now-abandoned City Hall station to 145th Street at Broadway.

Station layoutEdit

G Street Level Entrances/exits
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local   toward Woodlawn late nights (Bleecker Street)
  (  weekday afternoons) toward Pelham Bay Park (Bleecker Street)
  toward Parkchester weekday afternoons (Bleecker Street)
Northbound express     do not stop here (except late nights)
Southbound express     do not stop here (except late nights) →
Southbound local   toward New Lots Avenue late nights (Canal Street)
  (  weekday mornings) toward Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall (Canal Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
A 1905 photo of the station's original glass ceilings, which let in natural light
Stairs to downtown platform

Spring Street has two side platforms and four tracks, the center two of which are express tracks.[6] Both platforms have a slight curve which creates a gap between the train and the platform. Because this gap is not significant, gap fillers are not necessary.

Spring Street had a unique fifth center track which has now been removed.[7][6] This track did not last long; it was reportedly disconnected and removed in 1906, only two years after the subway opened. Although its function has never been determined, the trackway is now used as the location of a mechanical room.[6]

Small "S" cartouches, Atlantic Terra Cotta (1904)

The station retains the typical large and small IRT mosaics in the old (prior to platform lengthening) portion. The station has small "S" cartouches with two poppies from 1904, made by Atlantic Terra Cotta, and large mosaic tablets by Heins & LaFarge, also from 1904. Other small "S" and "Spring St" mosaics are newer.[6] The "S" cartouches are similar to the ones cast for Canal Street station.


Spring Street has four entrances, two to each platform. The northbound entrances are at either western corner of Lafayette and Spring Streets, while the southbound entrances are at either eastern corner of the same intersection.[8]

In popular cultureEdit

This station is featured in the 2008 film Cloverfield. The scene was not filmed there, however.[9] The station is featured in the season 3 episode, "Lo-Fi", in the television show Criminal Minds.


Original name tablet mosaic, by Heins & LaFarge / Manhattan Glass Tile Company
Additional mosaic on the downtown platform extension
  1. ^ Our Subway Open: 150,000 Try It New York Times Retrieved August 30, 2008
  2. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  3. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  4. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  5. ^ Subway opening to-day with simple ceremony New York Times Retrieved August 30, 2008
  6. ^ a b c d Spring Street (IRT East Side Line)NYCSubway Retrieved August 30, 2008
  7. ^ "Postcard: "Five track subway construction, Spring and Elm Streets, New York"". Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  8. ^
  9. ^ Cloverfield (2008)

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