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23rd Street (IRT Lexington Avenue Line)

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Division  A (IRT)
Opened  27 October 1904
Tracks  4
Structure  Underground
Borough  Manhattan
23rd Street (IRT Lexington Avenue Line) httpsuploadwikimediaorgwikipediacommonsthu
Address  East 23rd Street & Park Avenue South New York, NY 10010
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, X2, X5, X14, X42 MTA Bus: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, QM21
Locale  Gramercy Park, Flatiron District
Similar  28th Street, Spring Street, 33rd Street, 110th Street, Astor Place

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.

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History

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.

On April 13, 1948, the platform extensions to accommodate ten-car trains at this station along with those at 28th Street, and 33rd Street were opened for use.

In 1981, the MTA listed the station among the 69 most deteriorated stations in the subway system.

As of late 2014, construction is ongoing to install elevators in the station. To make room for the elevator that will serve the Northbound platform, the Northbound staircase on the northeastern corner of Park Avenue 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 is expected to be completed in August 2016.

Station layout

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 "23rd 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.

References

23rd Street (IRT Lexington Avenue Line) Wikipedia


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