23rd Street station (IRT Lexington Avenue Line)
23rd Street is a local station on the IRT Lexington Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Park Avenue South and 23rd Street in Manhattan, it is served by 6 trains at all times, <6> trains during weekdays in the peak direction, and 4 trains during late night hours.
|New York City Subway station (rapid transit)|
|Address||East 23rd Street & Park Avenue South|
New York, NY 10010
|Locale||Park Avenue South,[a] Gramercy, Flatiron District|
|Line||IRT Lexington Avenue Line|
|Services||4 (late nights) |
6 (all times) <6> (weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction)
|Transit connections|| New York City Bus: M1, M2, M3, M23 SBS, SIM3, SIM6, SIM6X, SIM10, SIM31|
MTA Bus: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, QM21
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Opened||October 27, 1904|
|Passengers (2018)||9,035,498 9.3%|
|Rank||35 out of 424|
|Next north||33rd Street: 4 6 <6> |
28th Street: 4 6 <6>
|Next south||18th Street (closed): no service|
14th Street–Union Square: 4 6 <6>
|Next north||Grand Central–42nd Street: 4 6 <6>|
|Next south||Bleecker Street: 4 6 <6>|
Construction started on the first IRT line in 1900. The part of the line from City Hall to just south of 42nd Street was part of the original IRT line, opened on October 27, 1904, including a local station at 23rd Street.
In late 2014, construction began to install ADA-accessible elevators in the station. To make room for the elevator that serves the northbound platform, the northbound staircase on the northeastern corner of Park Avenue South and 23rd Street had to be demolished, and rebuilt/relocated a few feet down the street. The relocated staircase opened in August 2015. The construction was completed in December 2016 making the station fully ADA-compliant.
Elevators at NE corner of 23rd Street and Park Avenue S for northbound service, and at NW corner for southbound service
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
|Northbound local||← toward Woodlawn late nights (28th Street)|
← ( weekday afternoons) toward Pelham Bay Park (28th Street)
← toward Parkchester weekday afternoons (28th 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 (14th Street–Union Square (no service: 18th Street)) →|
→ ( weekday mornings) toward Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall (14th Street–Union Square (no service: 18th Street)) →
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
This is a typical local station with four tracks and two side platforms. During station renovations in 1988, the beige tiles were removed and the original white ones restored. It has IND-style signs indicating the way to 22nd and 23rd Streets. An ornate fare control grille on the southbound side is a piece of artwork entitled Long Division by artist Valerie Jaudon, which was installed during the renovation. The station features a back-lit "23 Street/Park Avenue South" sign at the platform level fare control. There is a low tiled wall at the 22nd Street end which is probably a remnant of a closed crossunder.
The station features modern features such as emergency communication systems, vendors on both south and north bound sides, and Wi-Fi, connecting the communications system with the NYPD Emergency direct line. The station does not contain restrooms.
The station has 2 elevator entrances, one to each platform, as well as 6 staircases to the southbound platform and 5 to the northbound platform.
|Exit location||Number of exits||Platform served|
|320 Park Avenue South
(west side between 23rd and 24th Streets)
|1||Southbound (open 7am – 7pm, weekdays)|
|NW corner of Park Avenue S and 23rd Street, in the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower||2 (1 stair, 1 elevator)||Southbound|
|SW corner of Park Avenue S and 23rd Street||2 (2 stairs)||Southbound|
|NE corner of Park Avenue S and 23rd Street||2 (1 stair, 1 elevator)||Northbound|
|SE corner of Park Avenue S and 23rd Street||2 (2 stairs)||Northbound|
|NW corner of Park Avenue S and 22nd Street||1||Southbound|
|SW corner of Park Avenue S and 22nd Street||1||Southbound|
|NE corner of Park Avenue S and 22nd Street||1||Northbound|
|SE corner of Park Avenue S and 22nd Street||1||Northbound|
Several staircases blocked by plywood barriers suggest that there was a third exit to the southwestern corner of 23rd Street and Park Avenue South from the southbound platform.
- C.J. Hughes (2018-01-31). "Living In / Park Avenue South: The Other Park Avenue Comes Into Its Own". New York Times.
Mail was occasionally delivered to the wrong addresses — to that other Park Avenue, residents said — and the street appeared to be trapped in real-estate limbo. It was neither here nor there, brushing by brand-name enclaves like Gramercy Park and Flatiron, but not belonging to them, and never really developing a personality of its own. ... With the 6 train directly under Park Avenue South, subway service is never far, although the trains can get jammed. Stops are at East 28th Street and East 23rd Street, and just outside the neighborhood at East 33rd Street and 14th Street‑Union Square, where other lines meet.
- "Chapter 1: Project Description". Hudson Square Rezoning: Final Environmental Impact Statement (PDF). New York City Department of Buildings. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
- "Our Subway Open: 150,000 Try It". The New York Times. October 28, 1904 – via nycsubway.org.
- "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
- "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
- Attached PDF to "Governor Cuomo Announces Wireless Service and New "Transit Wireless WiFi" in Queens and Manhattan Subway Stations", governor.ny.gov
- "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
- "www.nycsubway.org". www.nycsubway.org.
- Report for the three and one-half years ending June 30, 1949. New York City Board of Transportation. 1949.
- Gargan, Edward A. (June 11, 1981). "AGENCY LISTS ITS 69 MOST DETERIORATED SUBWAY STATIONS". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
- "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Union Square / Gramercy" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to 23rd Street (IRT Lexington Avenue Line).|
- nycsubway.org – IRT East Side Line: 23rd Street
- Station Reporter — 6 Train
- Forgotten NY — Original 28 - NYC's First 28 Subway Stations
- MTA's Arts For Transit — 23rd Street (IRT Lexington Avenue Line)
- 23rd Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
- 22nd Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
- Platforms from Google Maps Street View