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72nd Street (IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line)

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 72 Street
 "1" train"2" train"3" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway rapid transit station
72nd Street IRT Broadway 013.JPG
Original control house (left) and newer control house, located on opposite sides of 72nd Street
Station statistics
Address area of West 72nd Street, Broadway & Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10023
Borough Manhattan
Locale Upper West Side
Coordinates 40°46′44″N 73°58′55″W / 40.779°N 73.982°W / 40.779; -73.982
Division A (IRT)
Line       IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line
Services       1 all times (all times)
      2 all times (all times)
      3 all times (all times)
Transit connections
Bus transport
NYCT Bus: M5, M7, M11, M57, M72, M104
Bus transport
MTA Bus: BxM2
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened October 27, 1904; 113 years ago (1904-10-27)[1]
Station code 313[2]
This station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
Wireless service
Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station
Passengers (2017) 12,749,746[4]Decrease 3.8%
Rank 23 out of 425
Station succession
Next north 96th Street (express): 2 all except late nights3 all times
79th Street (local): 1 all times2 late nights
Next south 66th Street–Lincoln Center (local): 1 all times2 late nights
Times Square–42nd Street (express): 2 all except late nights3 all times

adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
96th Street: 1 all times2 all times3 all times
adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
66th Street–Lincoln Center (local): 1 all times2 late nights
Times Square–42nd Street (express): 2 all except late nights3 all times

Control House on 72nd Street
MPS Interborough Rapid Transit Subway Control Houses TR
NRHP reference # 80002684[5]
Added to NRHP May 6, 1980
72nd Street Subway Station (IRT)
MPS New York City Subway System MPS
NRHP reference # 04001017[5]
Added to NRHP September 17, 2004

72nd Street is an express station on the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line of the New York City Subway, located at the intersection of Broadway, 72nd Street and Amsterdam Avenue (including Verdi Square and Sherman Square) on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. It is served by the 1, 2 and 3 trains at all times.

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Track layout
Uptown island platform
Uptown island platform

The 72nd Street station opened on October 27, 1904, as part of the original subway, with trains running from Brooklyn Bridge to 145th Street. The original configuration of the station was inadequate by IRT standards. It had just one entrance (the control house on the traffic island between 71st and 72nd Streets, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places), and the platforms and stairways were unusually narrow. There were no crossovers or crossunders as the control house had separate turnstile banks and token booths for each side. Express trains ran on the innermost two tracks, while local trains ran on the outer pair.

During the 1950s, the New York City Transit Authority (now the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, or MTA) considered converting the station to a local station by walling off the express tracks from the platforms. This would have coincided with 59th Street–Columbus Circle, which is a major transfer point to the IND Eighth Avenue Line, becoming an express stop.

A substantial renovation was completed on October 29, 2002, providing a new, larger control house on the traffic island between 72nd and 73rd Streets and slightly wider platforms at the north end of the station.[6]

Station layout

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
Handicapped/disabled access
(Elevators inside station house on north side of 72nd Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue)
Platform level
Northbound local "1" train toward Van Cortlandt Park–242nd Street (79th Street)
"2" train toward Wakefield–241st Street late nights (79th Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Handicapped/disabled access
Northbound express "2" train toward Wakefield–241st Street (96th Street)
"3" train toward Harlem–148th Street (96th Street)
Southbound express "2" train toward Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College (Times Square–42nd Street)
"3" train toward New Lots Avenue (Times Square–42nd Street late nights) (Times Square–42nd Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Handicapped/disabled access
Southbound local "1" train toward South Ferry (66th Street–Lincoln Center)
"2" train toward Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College late nights (66th Street–Lincoln Center)

At platform level, the station is similar to its original configuration, with two narrow island platforms and four tracks.


There are two station houses, both of which provide entry and exit: the original station house south of 72nd Street, and the new one north of 72nd Street.[7]

The crossovers and elevator are only in the northernmost station house. This control house has two staircases and one elevator from each platform going up to a crossover, where on either side a turnstile bank leads to either 72nd or 73rd Streets.[7] Only the southern turnstile bank, to the northern side of 72nd Street, has a staffed token booth. The elevators from this turnstile bank make this station ADA-accessible.[7][8] This control house has an artwork, Laced Canopy by Robert Hickman, which consists of a mosaic pattern on the central skylight; if looked at in the right way, the knots within the pattern make up the notation for an excerpt of Verdi's Rigoletto.

The original control house was renovated and now has a total of five staircases: two to the southbound platform and three to the northbound platform. These staircases go up to a crossover. On the north side, an unstaffed turnstile bank leads to 72nd Street; on the south side, three High Entry/Exit Turnstiles lead to 71st Street.[7] This control house has artful wrought iron pillars, dating back to the days of the original subway system, as well as decorated ceiling beams.



  1. ^ "Our Subway Open: 150,000 Try It". The New York Times. October 28, 1904 – via
  2. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  3. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  4. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2012–2017". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
  6. ^ "New Headhouse Opens at West 72nd Street". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. October 29, 2002. Retrieved 2016-12-31.
  7. ^ a b c d "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Upper West Side" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  8. ^ "MTA | Press Release | MTA Headquarters | New Headhouse Opens at West 72nd Street". Retrieved 2016-10-01.

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