14th Street/Eighth Avenue station

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14th Street/Eighth Avenue is an underground New York City Subway station complex shared by the IND Eighth Avenue Line and the BMT Canarsie Line. It is located at Eighth Avenue and 14th Street in Manhattan, and served by the:

  • A, E, and L trains at all times
  • C train at all times except late nights
 14 Street/8 Avenue
 "A" train"C" train"E" train"L" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station complex
111 8th Av IND jeh.jpg
Street entrance
Station statistics
AddressEighth Avenue & West 14th Street
New York, NY 10011
LocaleWest Village, Chelsea
Coordinates40°44′23″N 74°00′09″W / 40.739779°N 74.002533°W / 40.739779; -74.002533Coordinates: 40°44′23″N 74°00′09″W / 40.739779°N 74.002533°W / 40.739779; -74.002533
DivisionB (BMT/IND)
Line      IND Eighth Avenue Line
      BMT Canarsie Line
Services      A all times (all times)
      C all except late nights (all except late nights)
      E all times (all times)​
      L all times (all times)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: M12, M14A SBS, M14D SBS, M20
Other information
OpenedSeptember 10, 1932 (87 years ago) (1932-09-10)[1]
Station code618[2]
AccessibleThis station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ADA-accessible
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[3]
OMNY acceptedYes
Passengers (2018)14,324,670 (station complex)[4]Increase 1.2%
Rank18 out of 424

The whole complex is ADA-compliant, with the accessible station entrance at 14th Street. This complex was renovated at the beginning of the 21st century.

This station had two artworks installed here. The first one was in 1989 by Ross Lewis named Parallel Motion. It shows images of moving bodies in the mezzanine drawn by brushstrokes using Chinese calligraphy. It was removed in 1995 and is now in the lobby of Public School 89 in Battery Park City. The second art installation by Tom Otterness, called Life Underground, was installed in 2001. It features whimsical bronze sculptures, including a sewer alligator, scattered about the station.

There are several MTA New York City Transit Authority training facilities located in the Mezzanine.


In 1999, this station underwent a major station renovation. On August 24, 1993, the contract for the project's design was awarded for $994,079. In May 1994, a supplemental agreement worth $203,435 was reached to allow the consultant to design the New York City Transit training facility to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. As part of the project's design, multiple options were considered to improve the station, including the construction of a free transfer zone between the Eighth Avenue and Canarsie Lines. As part of the supplemental agreement, the consultant was directed to design it.[5]:C-55, C-56

Station layoutEdit

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
B1 Upper
Fare control, station agents
  Elevator at NW corner of 14th Street and Eighth Avenue
B2 Northbound local   toward 168th Street (  toward 207th Street late nights) (23rd Street)
  toward Jamaica Center–Parsons/Archer (23rd Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right  
Northbound express   toward 207th Street (34th Street–Penn Station)
Southbound express   toward Far Rockaway or Lefferts Boulevard (all except nights), or Rockaway Park (PM rush hours) (West Fourth Street–Washington Square)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right  
Southbound local   toward Euclid Avenue (  toward Far Rockaway late nights) (West Fourth Street–Washington Square)
  toward World Trade Center (West Fourth Street–Washington Square)
B3 Lower
Ramp from upper mezzanine to   platforms
B4 Track 2   toward Canarsie–Rockaway Parkway (Sixth Avenue)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right  
Track 1   toward Canarsie–Rockaway Parkway (Sixth Avenue)


The station complex's three sets of entrances are located at the intersections of Eighth Avenue and 14th, 15th, and 16th Streets.[6] The northernmost one has an unstaffed bank of turnstiles, two staircases going up to the northwest corner of 16th Street and Eighth Avenue, and one going up to each eastern side of the intersection. A passageway leads to the front entrance of 111 Eighth Avenue (the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey building now occupied by Google) at the southwest corner.[6] A sign on the sidewalk outside the building indicates an entrance to the station is available inside. On either side, the center of the mezzanine, a set of full height turnstiles leads to a staircase going up to either northern corners of 15th Street and Eighth Avenue.[6]

The full-time fare control area is at the south end of the mezzanine. On the east side is the transfer passageway between the platforms containing a ramp, staircase, and elevator. A set of full height turnstiles leads to a staircase going up to the northeast corner of 14th Street and 8th Avenue. The full-time turnstile bank has a token booth, two staircases to either southern corners of the aforementioned intersection, and one staircase and elevator going up to the northwest corner. There is a direct entrance/exit to the BMT platforms at one bank of turnstiles here.[6] This area has a signal training school for New York City Transit employees.

There was a fourth set of entrances located at the intersection of Eighth Avenue and 17th Streets. These entrances have since been closed.[7]

IND Eighth Avenue Line platformsEdit

 14 Street
  New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Brooklyn bound platform
Station statistics
DivisionB (IND)
Line      IND Eighth Avenue Line
Services      A   (all times)
      C   (all except late nights)
      E   (all times)
Platforms2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Other information
OpenedSeptember 10, 1932 (87 years ago) (1932-09-10) [1]
Station code166[2]
Accessible  ADA-accessible
Wireless service [3]
OMNY acceptedYes
Opposite-direction transfer availableYes
Station succession
Next north34th Street–Penn Station (express): A  
23rd Street (local): A  C  E  
Next southWest Fourth Street–Washington Square: A  C  E  

Next   north34th Street–Penn Station: A  C  E  
Next   southWest Fourth Street–Washington Square: A  C  E  
Track layout

14th Street is an express station on the IND Eighth Avenue Line that has four tracks and two island platforms. Opened on September 10, 1932,[8][1] this is the southernmost Eighth Avenue Line station that is actually under Eighth Avenue itself. South of here, the line curves east to Sixth Avenue via Greenwich Avenue.

During daytime hours, C and E trains stop on the outer local tracks while A trains stop on the center express tracks. During late-night hours, all service is on the local tracks. Both outer track walls have a medium Yellow-Orange trim line with a Terra Cotta Brown border and "14th" written in black on the white tiles below. Both platforms have yellow i-beam-columns running along with their centers. The original 1931 trim line was a deep yellow-orange set in a course three tiles high with no border. There are many staircases and one elevator from each side going up to the full-length mezzanine above, which has the same style trim line, name tablets, and columns.

BMT Canarsie Line platformEdit

 8 Avenue
  New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Canarsie Line platform
Station statistics
DivisionB (BMT)
Line      BMT Canarsie Line
Services      L   (all times)
Platforms1 island platform
Other information
OpenedMay 30, 1931 (88 years ago) (1931-05-30)
Station code115[2]
Accessible  ADA-accessible
Wireless service [3]
OMNY acceptedYes
Opposite-direction transfer availableYes
Station succession
Next west(Terminal): L  
Next eastSixth Avenue: L  

Next   westnone: L  
Next   eastUnion Square: L  
Track layout
to 6 Av

Eighth Avenue on the BMT Canarsie Line has two tracks and one island platform. It is the western (railroad north) terminal of the BMT Canarsie Line. The station is served by the L train at all times.

Eighth Avenue station opened on May 30, 1931, and was the last station to open on the Canarsie Line, built as an extension from the mainline that opened seven years earlier westward from Sixth Avenue, the previous terminal.[9]

Eighth Avenue uses a single island platform with two tracks[10] which are designated officially as Q1 and Q2; however, these chaining numbers are only used by train crew and MTA personnel as their main purpose is distance-marking. Originally, they were named QW1 and QW2 since Eighth Avenue was a western extension of the Canarsie Line, but the line has been re-chained simply as Q. Eighth Avenue is the zero-point of the Canarsie Line's chaining, that is, it is the starting point of all distances on the line. The tracks end at bumper blocks just past the west end of the platform.

The station was originally decorated in a more IND style than the rest of the Canarsie Line, which was built by the BMT. The original tile band was two-tone ultramarine blue with "8th Av" captions.[10] However, a 1999 renovation subsequently removed the IND style and replaced it with the BMT quilt-like tile pattern that exists on all other subway stations on the BMT Canarsie Line. The current tile color scheme is white with red stripes and historically-correct mosaics predominantly beige and tan, with an oddly "regular" pattern of red, yellow, green and off-white in the center. To signify the station's location, there are small "8" decorations set in teal-green hexagons, as found in other stations on the line.[10]

Nearby points of interestEdit


  1. ^ a b c "List of the 28 Stations On the New 8th Av. Line". The New York Times. September 10, 1932. Retrieved December 24, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "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. ^ NYC Transit Committee Agenda May 1994. New York City Transit. May 16, 1994.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "MTA Neighborhood Maps: 14th Stret (A)(C)(E)" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  7. ^ "Review of the A and C Lines" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. December 11, 2015. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
  8. ^ The New York Times, List of the 28 Stations on the New Eighth Ave Line, September 10, 1932, page 6
  9. ^ Mayor drives train in new subway link New York Times Retrieved September 2, 2008
  10. ^ a b c Eighth Avenue NYCSubway Retrieved September 2, 2008,

External linksEdit

External video
  "Life Underground" by Tom Otterness, Metropolitan Transportation Authority; January 13, 2010; 2:34 YouTube video clip