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125th Street station (IRT Lenox Avenue Line)

 125 Street
 "2" train"3" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
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Northbound staircase on the southeast corner
Station statistics
AddressWest 125th Street & Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10027
Coordinates40°48′25″N 73°56′42″W / 40.807°N 73.945°W / 40.807; -73.945
DivisionA (IRT)
LineIRT Lenox Avenue Line
Services      2 all times (all times)
      3 all times (all times)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: M7, Airport transportation M60 SBS, M100, M101, M102, Bx15
Platforms2 side platforms
Other information
OpenedNovember 23, 1904; 115 years ago (1904-11-23)
Station code439[1]
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
Passengers (2018)4,727,671[3]Decrease 6.5%
Rank98 out of 424
Station succession
Next north135th Street: 2 all times3 all times
Next south116th Street: 2 all times3 all times

125th Street is a station on the IRT Lenox Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of 125th Street (also known as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard) and Lenox Avenue (also known as Malcolm X Boulevard) in Harlem, it is served by the 2 and 3 trains at all times.

Station layout

Track layout
G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound "2" train toward Wakefield–241st Street (135th Street)
"3" train toward Harlem–148th Street (135th Street)
Southbound "2" train toward Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College (116th Street)
"3" train toward New Lots Avenue (Times Square late nights) (116th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

This underground station has two side platforms and two tracks. The fare control is at platform level, and there is no crossover or crossunder between the platforms. The station has a new name tablet plus some old "125" terra cotta cartouches.

The 1996 artwork there is Flying Home Harlem Heroes and Heroines, by Faith Ringgold.

On May 23, 1968, poet Henry Dumas was fatally shot by a New York City Transit Police officer on the station's southbound platform.[4]

In 1981, the MTA listed the station among the 69 most deteriorated stations in the subway system.[5] The tracks, trackways, and platforms at this station were totally rebuilt during a 1998 reconstruction project to combat a water seepage problem along the Lenox Avenue Line.


  • One stair, NW corner of Lenox Avenue and West 125th Street (southbound only)[6]
  • One stair, SW corner of Lenox Avenue and West 125th Street (southbound only)[6]
  • One stair, NE corner of Lenox Avenue and West 125th Street (northbound only)[6]
  • One stair, SE corner of Lenox Avenue and West 125th Street (northbound only)[6]


  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. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  4. ^ Jeffrey B. Leak, Visible Man: The Life of Henry Dumas, pages 2 and 145-53 (2014).
  5. ^ Gargan, Edward A. (June 11, 1981). "AGENCY LISTS ITS 69 MOST DETERIORATED SUBWAY STATIONS". The New York Times. Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Harlem/East Harlem" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved December 30, 2016.

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