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181st Street (IND Eighth Avenue Line)

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Division  B (IND)
Services  A  (all times)
Platforms  2 side platforms
Opened  10 September 1932
Tracks  2
Line  IND Eighth Avenue Line
Structure  Underground
Borough  Manhattan
Added to NRHP  30 March 2005
181st Street (IND Eighth Avenue Line)

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.


Station layout

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.


  • Exit at Overlook Terrace and West 184th Street, consisting of a passageway to the mezzanine
  • Exit at Fort Washington Avenue across from Bennett Park, between West 183rd and 185th Streets. This consists of three elevators to mezzanine level.
  • Exit at Fort Washington Avenue at 181st Street. There are four street stairs in total, two to each southern corner of the intersection.
  • Bus service

    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.

  • The station is mentioned in the title song of the Broadway musical In the Heights by Lin-Manuel Miranda, where Usnavi says to take the A train "even farther than Harlem to Northern Manhattan and maintain, get off at 181st and take the escalator. I hope you're writing this down I'm gonna test ya later".
  • On September 13, 1980, aspiring pianist Eric Kaminsky was robbed and stabbed to death in the station. His murder became the basis for his mother's book The Victim's Song.
  • References

    181st Street (IND Eighth Avenue Line) Wikipedia