|Division B (IND)|
Services A (all times)
Platforms 2 side platforms
Opened 10 September 1932
|Line IND Eighth Avenue Line|
Added to NRHP 30 March 2005
|Transit connections NYCT Bus: M4, M98
GWB Bus Station|
Address New York, NY 10033, United States
Locale Washington Heights, Hudson Heights, Manhattan
Similar 155th Street, 175th Street, 190th Street, Dyckman Street, 135th Street
181st Street is a station on the IND Eighth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. It is located on Fort Washington Avenue and 181st Street, one of the main shopping districts of the Hudson Heights neighborhood of Washington Heights, and served by the A train at all times.
This underground station, opened on September 10, 1932, has two tracks and two side platforms and is deep below the surface due to the area's hills. In fact, the highest natural point on Manhattan Island is in Bennett Park, adjacent to the station exit on Fort Washington Avenue between West 183rd and 185th Streets (there is no West 184th Street there).
Because of the station's depth, escalators lead to 181st Street at the south end, and elevators at the north end of the station carry passengers to the Bennett Park exit. The elevators were formerly only open during the daytime, and required the payment of a fare to use. Since 1957, the elevators have been available for use by pedestrians going between Overlook Terrace and Fort Washington Avenue without paying a fare; a similar situation exists at 190th Street, the next station uptown, as well as at 191st Street, on the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line.
The station and the nearby George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal are served by ten local MTA Regional Bus Operations routes and various interstate bus routes.