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116th Street station (IRT Lenox Avenue Line)

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 116 Street
 "2" train"3" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
116th Street Station (IRT Lenox Avenue Line) (3438775199).jpg
Southbound staircase on the northwest corner
Station statistics
AddressWest 116th Street & Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10026
Coordinates40°48′07″N 73°57′00″W / 40.802°N 73.95°W / 40.802; -73.95Coordinates: 40°48′07″N 73°57′00″W / 40.802°N 73.95°W / 40.802; -73.95
DivisionA (IRT)
LineIRT Lenox Avenue Line
Services      2 all times (all times)
      3 all times (all times)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: M7, M102, M116
Platforms2 side platforms
Other information
OpenedNovember 23, 1904; 115 years ago (1904-11-23)
Station code440[1]
Wireless service
Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station
OMNY acceptedYes[3]
Opposite-direction transfer availableNo
Passengers (2018)3,446,526[4]Decrease 7.6%
Rank142 out of 424
Station succession
Next north125th Street: 2 all times3 all times
Next southCentral Park North–110th Street: 2 all times3 all times

116th Street is a station on the IRT Lenox Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of 116th Street and Lenox Avenue in Harlem, it is served by the 2 and 3 trains at all times.


This station opened just after midnight on November 23, 1904, as part of the IRT's original system. It was completed along with the rest of the IRT Lenox Avenue Line, then known as the East Side Subway or East Side Branch, south of 145th Street.[5]

Starting on March 2, 1998, the tunnel was reconstructed along with the cracked tunnel floor, and the 116th Street station was closed for a complete renovation. This was done to correct a major water problem that had existed for many years due to the presence of the Harlem Creek and other underground streams, which caused extensive flooding, water damage, and seepage problems that occasionally contributed to severe service disruptions.[6][7] The project cost $82 million and was finished on October 12, 1998.[6][8] During the reconstruction, many 2 trains were rerouted via the IRT Lexington Avenue Line, while the 3 trains were rerouted to the 137th Street–City College station on the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line. Each of the two Lenox Avenue Line tracks were alternately taken out of service and supplemental shuttle bus service connecting to other lines in the area were provided for much of this time.[9][10]

Station layout

Track layout
G Street level Exit/entrance
Platform level
Side platform
Northbound "2" train toward 241st Street (125th Street)
"3" train toward 148th Street (125th Street)
Southbound "2" train toward Flatbush Avenue (Central Park North–110th Street)
"3" train toward New Lots Avenue (Times Square late nights) (Central Park North–110th Street)
Side platform

The station has two tracks and two side platforms. It features extensive mosaics featuring Harlem history and famous African-Americans. It was fully renovated as part of the 1998 Lenox Avenue subway reconstruction project. Fare control is at platform level. There are no crossovers or crossunders between the two side platforms to allow free transfer between directions. The reconstruction project gave this station all new wall tiling and restored the "116" terra cotta wall cartouches. It also combatted a major water seepage problem along the Lenox Avenue Line.

The artworks here are Minton's Playhouse on the uptown platform, and Movers and Shakers on the downtown platform (both by Vincent Smith, 1999).[11]


  • One stair, NW corner of Lenox Avenue and West 116th Street (southbound only)[12]
  • One stair, SW corner of Lenox Avenue and West 116th Street (southbound only)[12]
  • One stair, NE corner of Lenox Avenue and West 116th Street (northbound only)[12]
  • One stair, SE corner of Lenox Avenue and West 116th Street (northbound only)[12]


  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  3. ^ "OMNY System Rollout". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  4. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  5. ^ "East Side Subway Open — Train from 145th Street to Broadway in 9 Minutes and 40 Seconds" (PDF). The New York Times. November 23, 1904. p. 1. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
  6. ^ a b "New York City Transit - History and Chronology". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Archived from the original on March 24, 2020. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  7. ^ Lii, Jane H. (February 28, 1998). "Tunnel Work To Cut Service On 2 Subways". The New York Times. p. B-4. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on March 28, 2020. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  8. ^ Lueck, Thomas J. (October 13, 1998). "Beating Deadline, Normal Service Returns for the Nos. 2 and 3 Subway Lines". The New York Times. p. B-3. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on March 28, 2020. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  9. ^ Newman, Andy (December 12, 1997). "Repairs to Lenox Ave. Tunnel To Affect Many Subway Lines". The New York Times. p. B-8. Archived from the original on March 28, 2020. Retrieved July 31, 2013.
  10. ^ "Lenox Rehab '98 2 3 Lenox Line Service Guide March 2-October 1998". New York City Transit. 1998. Archived from the original on March 28, 2020. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  11. ^ "116th Street - Vincent Smith - Minton's Playhouse (uptown), The Movers and Shakers (downtown), 1999". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Archived from the original on April 8, 2020. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  12. ^ a b c d "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Harlem / East Harlem" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2018. Retrieved October 1, 2018.

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