57th Street – Seventh Avenue (BMT Broadway Line)

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57th Street – Seventh Avenue
NYCS-bull-trans-N.svg NYCS-bull-trans-Q.svg NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Downtown island platform
Station statistics
Address West 57th Street & Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019
Borough Manhattan
Locale Midtown Manhattan
Coordinates Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
Division B (BMT)
Line       BMT Broadway Line
Services       N all times (all times)
      Q all times (all times)
      R all except late nights (all except late nights)
Transit connections Bus transport New York City Bus: M7, M20, M31, M57
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened July 10, 1919 (99 years ago) (1919-07-10)[1]
Wireless service Wi-Fi[2]
Former/other names Midtown – 57th Street
Passengers (2014) 9,314,649[3]Increase 4.1%
Rank 36 out of 421
Station succession
Next north Fifth Avenue – 59th Street: N all times Q weekdays R all except late nights
Lexington Avenue – 63rd Street (63rd): no regular service
(Terminal): Q weekends except late nights
Next south 49th Street (local): N all times Q weekdays until 11:00 p.m. and late nights R all except late nights
Times Square – 42nd Street (express): Q weekends except late nights

57th Street – Seventh Avenue is an express station on the BMT Broadway Line of the New York City Subway. Located in Midtown Manhattan at the intersection of 57th Street and Seventh Avenue, it is served by the N and Q trains at all times and the R train at all times except late nights.

On the subway map and on announcements, the station is called 57th Street – Seventh Avenue,[4] but is also sometimes called Midtown – 57th Street to distinguish it from 57th Street on the IND Sixth Avenue Line, which runs underneath Sixth Avenue. It is directly adjacent to Carnegie Hall.

Station layout

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
(Elevator at SW corner of 57th Street and Seventh Avenue. Note: Platform level is not accessible)
Platform level
Southbound local NYCS-bull-trans-N.svg toward Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue via Sea Beach (49th Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-Q.svg toward Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue via Brighton (weekdays) (49th Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg toward Bay Ridge – 95th Street (49th Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Southbound express NYCS-bull-trans-N.svg toward Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue via Sea Beach (some rush-hour trips) (Times Square – 42nd Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-Q.svg toward Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue via Brighton (weekends and late nights) (Times Square – 42nd Street all except late nights; 49th Street late nights)
Northbound express NYCS-bull-trans-N.svg toward Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue via Sea Beach (some rush-hour trips) (Times Square – 42nd Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-Q.svg toward Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue via Brighton (weekends and late nights) (Times Square – 42nd Street all except late nights; 49th Street late nights)
NYCS-bull-trans-Q.svg (under construction) toward 96th Street (Lexington Avenue – 63rd Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Northbound local NYCS-bull-trans-N.svg ( NYCS-bull-trans-Q.svg weekdays) toward Astoria – Ditmars Boulevard (Fifth Avenue – 59th Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg toward Forest Hills – 71st Avenue (Fifth Avenue – 59th Street)

When this station opened in 1919, the BMT Broadway Line had ended north of this station as 6 trackways, of which only 2 tracks (local tracks) continued to the 60th Street Tunnel to Queens. The other 4 trackways, both the express tracks and the outermost trackways (both of the outermost trackways are ramps which have never been used) curve slightly west before ending, which were a provision for the line to run to Upper Manhattan via Central Park West.[5]

With four tracks and two island platforms, this station is the northernmost express station on the BMT Broadway Line. Much of the BMT system is chained from the zero point here. Most trains use the local tracks, which continue north under 59th and 60th Streets to Queens. Late night and weekend Q trains short turn on the center express tracks, which continue north as the BMT 63rd Street Line to Lexington Avenue – 63rd Street, but are not currently used in revenue service. Future plans provide for Q trains to continue past 57th Street under 63rd Street to the Second Avenue Subway, which is currently being built to 96th Street with stops at 72nd, 86th and 96th Streets.[6]

North of the station, the local tracks continue into the 60th Street Tunnel to Queens, while the express tracks continue to 63rd Street, with switches tot he 60th Street tunnel. South of the station, te are also crossovers between the two express tracks, between both northbound tracks, and between both southbound tracks.[7]

This station underwent an overhaul in the late 1970s, which included fixing the station's structure and replacing the original wall tiles, old signs, and incandescent lighting with 1970s modern-look wall tile band and tablet mosaics, signs and fluorescent lights. Staircases and platform edges were also repaired.

In 1992-1993, the station received a major overhaul with state-of-the-art repairs as well as upgrading the station for ADA compliance. The original late 1910s tiling was restored, repairs were made to the staircases, new tiling on the floors, upgrades to the station's lights and public address system, installation of ADA safety treads along the platform edge, new signs, and new trackbeds in both directions. Accessibility to the mezzanine was further increased by the addition of a usable elevator on the southwest corner of 57th Street. While elevators have yet to be installed for platform access, it allows disabled access to the fare booth and MetroCard vending machines.

Before the BMT 63rd Street Line was built in 1989, the express tracks continued as layup spurs north of the station (although construction of the 63rd Street line from 1971 to 1978 continued the section between this station and Lexington Avenue – 63rd Street station). The express tracks ran for about 400 feet.[citation needed]

Proposed extension

North of this station are tunnel stub headings running straight from the local tracks[8] for a proposed line under Central Park West or Morningside Avenue, that would have terminated at 145th Street or 155th Street.

When the BRT / BMT was building the Broadway line as part of the Dual Contracts, the company also wanted to be awarded the Central Park West / Eighth Avenue route, which was on the planning boards at that time. The company figured that if they built ramps from the Broadway line that could naturally be extended to an Eighth Avenue line, they would get a toehold on being awarded that line, rather than lose out to the IRT, the only other subway operator when the Dual Contracts were built. The BMT / BRT never built that line for various reasons including the bankruptcy of the company after the Malbone Street Wreck and Mayor Hylan's plan to include the Eighth Avenue / CPW route in the IND system. The ramps were built but never used for revenue service. They were eventually used for storage until the tracks were disconnected.

The disused trackways for the proposed line ramp up and run for about 500 feet.

The ramp on the northbound side has a Maintenance-of-Way shed built on it,[9] and the trackway on the southbound side also has a storage shed sitting in it, just north of where the local tracks come in, but this shed is few hundred feet north of the shed on the opposite trackway of the other side of the tunnel.

Some of the actual track on the trackways remain, but are covered by many years of dirt. They can be seen from passing trains. The never-used trackways curve slightly west before ending.[5]


  1. New York Times, Broadway End of Subway Opened, July 10, 1919, page 36
  2. NYC Subway Wireless
  3. "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2015-04-28.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Subway Map" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. September 2015. Retrieved 2015-09-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 http://www.nycsubway.org/wiki/New_Subways:_Proposed_Additions_to_Rapid_Transit_System..._(1922) "Section on Broadway Subway Expansion"
  6. "MTA Capital Construction - Second Avenue Subway". MTA.info. Retrieved 2013-04-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "www.nycsubway.org: New York City Subway Track Maps". www.nycsubway.org. 2015-10-09. Retrieved 2015-10-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6dFkV2n3-Y&feature=related A trackway is visible towards the right at the 2:51 mark into this video, just before the train enters the 57th Street station.
  9. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sToFk6_5Eo&feature=related The shed is visible to the right at the 5:15 mark in the video, as the train leaves the 57th Street station.

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