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137th Street–City College station

 137 Street–City College
 "1" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
137th Street–City College IRT Broadway 1053.JPG
South-bound platform
Station statistics
AddressWest 137th Street & Broadway
New York, NY 10031
LocaleHarlem, Hamilton Heights
Coordinates40°49′16″N 73°57′14″W / 40.821°N 73.954°W / 40.821; -73.954
DivisionA (IRT)
Line      IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line
Services      1 all times (all times)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: M4, M5
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks3 (2 in regular service)
Other information
OpenedOctober 27, 1904 (115 years ago) (1904-10-27)[1]
Station code305[2]
Accessiblenot ADA-accessible; accessibility planned
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[3]
Passengers (2018)4,260,166[4]Decrease 4.1%
Rank110 out of 424
Station succession
Next north145th Street: 1 all times
Next south125th Street: 1 all times

137th Street–City College is a local station on the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of 137th Street and Broadway in Harlem and Hamilton Heights, Manhattan, it is served by the 1 train at all times. The station serves the nearby City College of New York and Riverbank State Park.


Street stair
Track layout

Operation of the first subway began on October 27, 1904, with the opening of the original 28 stations of the New York City Subway from City Hall to 145th Street on the West Side Branch including the 137th Street station.[5][6][1]

In 1948, platforms on the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line from 103rd Street to 238th Street were lengthened to 514 feet to allow full ten-car express trains to platform. Previously the stations could only platform six-car local trains. The platform extensions were opened in stages. On April 6, 1948, the platform extension opened for stations from 103rd Street to Dyckman Street, with the exception of 125th Street.[7][8]

In 1981, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority listed the station among the 69 most deteriorated stations in the subway system.[9] As a result, one of future U.S. president Barack Obama's first community organizing efforts after graduating from Columbia University was in conjunction with drawing attention to the poor condition of the station. In 1984 or 1985, Obama (who was working for the New York Public Interest Research Group) was among the leaders of May Day efforts to bring attention to the subway system, particularly the station serving CCNY. Obama traveled to stations to get people to sign letters addressed to local officials and the MTA. Obama was photographed holding a sign saying "May-Day! May-Day!! Sinking Subway System!"[10][11]

In this station on January 2, 2007, film student Cameron Hollopeter suffered a seizure and fell off the platform onto the tracks. Wesley Autrey saved his life as a train was approaching.[12] Autrey was given numerous awards and prizes,[13][14] and his two daughters were given a scholarship.[15]

Station layout

G Street level Exit/entrance
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local "1" train toward Van Cortlandt Park–242nd Street (145th Street)
"1" train alighting passengers only (select AM rush trips)
Peak-direction express No regular service
Southbound local "1" train toward South Ferry (125th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Mosaic by Heins & LaFarge
Cartouche with three faces

This station has three tracks and two side platforms. In the past, it was sometimes used as a terminal station. There are switches north of the station that allow northbound trains to enter the underground 137th Street Yard, then return to the other side of the station for the next trip south. The center express track that passes through the station is currently unused in revenue service.[16]

Just south of the station, the tracks emerge from underground onto the Manhattan Valley Viaduct. The line is elevated at 125th Street, and then underground once again at 116th Street–Columbia University, allowing trains to maintain a relatively level grade while passing through highly uneven terrain.[16]

Prior to the termination of 9 on May 27, 2005, this station was the northernmost common stop of the 1/9 skip-stop service.

The mosaics are in pink and black. The ceramic cartouche is also in pink and shows a three-faced figure. The three faces represent "Respice", "Adspice", and "Prospice", and are an emblem of the nearby City College.


Each platform has two exits:[17]

  • Northbound: two exits to southeastern corner of 138th Street and Broadway
  • Southbound: two exits, one to each western corner of 137th Street and Broadway

In popular culture

The station was often shown on the TV drama New Amsterdam, though the inside shots were taken at the Grand Central Shuttle station.[18]


  1. ^ a b The New York Times, Our Subway Open: 150,000 Try It, October 28, 1904
  2. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  3. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  4. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  5. ^ James Blaine Walker, Fifty Years of Rapid Transit, 1864-1917, published 1918, pp. 162-191
  6. ^ "New York City subway opens - Oct 27, 1904". October 27, 1904. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  7. ^ Report for the three and one-half years ending June 30, 1949. New York City Board of Transportation. 1949.
  8. ^ "More Long Platforms – Five Subway Stations on IRT to Accommodate 10-Car Trains". The New York Times. July 10, 1948. p. 8. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
  9. ^ Gargan, Edward A. (June 11, 1981). "Agency Lists Its 69 Most Deteriorated Subway Stations". The New York Times. Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  10. ^ Fink, Jason (November 9, 2008). "Obama stood out, even during brief 1985 NYPIRG job". Newsday. Newsday.
  11. ^ Harpaz, Beth J. (November 22, 2009). "Obama's 'lost years' in Manhattan – Hawaii's Newspaper". The Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  12. ^ Buckley, Cara (January 3, 2007). "Man Is Rescued by Stranger on Subway Tracks". The New York Times. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  13. ^ "Mayor Bloomberg Presents Award to Subway Hero Wesley Autrey". January 4, 2007. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  14. ^ "City Honors Awesome Subway Hero Wesley Autrey". Gothamist. January 5, 2007. Archived from the original on October 12, 2008. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  15. ^ Coultan, Mark (January 6, 2007). "NY toasts Subway Superman after death-defying rescue". The Age. Melbourne. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  16. ^ a b Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  17. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Harlem/Hamilton Heights" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  18. ^ TWoP Forums, New Amsterdam Archived May 26, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, March 16, 2008

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