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157th Street station

 157 Street
 "1" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
157th Street IRT Broadway 2.JPG
242nd Street-bound platform looking south
Station statistics
AddressWest 157th Street & Broadway
New York, NY 10032
LocaleWashington Heights
Coordinates40°50′02″N 73°56′38″W / 40.834°N 73.944°W / 40.834; -73.944
DivisionA (IRT)
Line      IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line
Services      1 all times (all times)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: M4, M5, Bx6, Bx6 SBS (M3, M100, M101 on Amsterdam Avenue)
Platforms2 side platforms
Other information
OpenedNovember 12, 1904 (115 years ago) (1904-11-12)
Station code303[1]
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
Passengers (2018)3,514,522[3]Increase 0.8%
Rank137 out of 424
Station succession
Next north168th Street: ZZZtemporarily closed for construction
181st Street (next stop due to construction): 1 all times
Next south145th Street (local): 1 all times
96th Street (express): no regular service

157th Street is a local station on the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Broadway and 157th Street in the Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights, it is served by the 1 train at all times.


Track layout
Original station name mosaic


157th Street was first opened on a temporary basis on October 29, 1904, at which point it was still incomplete.[4] The station was used to allow passengers to get to a football game at the Polo Grounds, to accommodate fans heading to the YaleColumbia game.[5] At the time, the original northern terminal of the original IRT was 145th Street, the next station south.[6][7]

157th Street was formally opened on November 12, 1904. This station was the first to be added to the subway following the opening of the original 28 stations. The station's opening was delayed by two weeks because there was still painting and plastering work going on in the station.[8] 157th Street thus became the terminal for trains not going via the IRT Lenox Avenue Line. The terminal of 157th Street had facilities for switching trains, relieving congestion at 96th Street. On March 12, 1906, the IRT was extended from 157th Street to 221st Street.[9] Shuttle trains served the new extension terminating at 157th Street, meaning that passengers south of 157th Street wanting to go to stations on the extension had to transfer at 157th Street.[10] On May 30, 1906, express trains began running through to 221st Street eliminating the need to transfer at this station.[11]

Platform extensions

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.[12][13]

Station layout

G Street level Exit
Platform level
Side platform, doors open on the right
Northbound "1" train toward Van Cortlandt Park (181st Street)
(Temporarily closed: 168th Street)
Southbound "1" train toward South Ferry (145th Street)
(No service: 96th Street)
Side platform, doors open on the right

This station has two tracks and two side platforms,[14] which are narrow, even by IRT standards. The platforms contain their original trim line that includes "157" mosaics and name tablets reading "157TH ST." There are also directional signs on the tiles containing white lettering on a black background and brown border.[15] Both platforms have tiled columns that run along the entire length and contain "157" painted in black.[16] Some of the columns separating the two tracks have "157" signs in black letting on white borders.[17]

Downtown entrances


Each platform has one same-level fare control area near the middle. Both are fully staffed, containing a turnstile bank and token booth, and each has two street stairs. The northbound side's two exits lead to the southeast corner of 157th Street and Broadway, and the southbound side's two exits lead to the northwest corner of the aforementioned intersection. There are no crossovers or crossunders to allow free transfers between directions. Only the South Ferry-bound side token booth is staffed.[18]


  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. ^ Cudahy, Brian J. (1995). Under the Sidewalks of New York: The Story of the Greatest Subway System in the World. Fordham Univ Press. ISBN 9780823216185.
  5. ^ "Subway On East Side Will Be Opened Soon: New Switching Station on West Side Nearly ready, too Football Trains On Today" (PDF). The New York Times. November 12, 1904. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  6. ^ James Blaine Walker, Fifty Years of Rapid Transit, 1864-1917, published 1918, pp. 162-191
  7. ^ "New York City subway opens - Oct 27, 1904". 1904-10-27. Retrieved 2015-10-25.
  8. ^ Real Estate Record and Builders' Guide. F. W. Dodge Corporation. 1904-01-01.
  9. ^ "Farthest North in Town by the Interborough". The New York Times. January 14, 1907. p. 18.
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ "Express to 221st Street: Will Run In the Subway To-day–New 181st Street Station Ready" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-09-01.
  12. ^ Report for the three and one-half years ending June 30, 1949. New York City Board of Transportation. 1949.
  13. ^ "More Long Platforms – Five Subway Stations on IRT to Accommodate 10-Car Trains". The New York Times. 1948-07-10. p. 8. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-03-27.
  14. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  15. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (June 24, 2008). "A 157th Street name tablet in the extension portion of the station, a very IND era exit sign with an arrow for the only exit to 157th St is underneath it". Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  16. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (June 24, 2008). "Tiled columns that are extremely frequent line the platform at 157 Street". Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  17. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (June 24, 2008). "157 signs on the columns between the two tracks there". Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  18. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Harlem/Hamilton Heights" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2016.

External links

Ceramic cartouche with number "157"