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List of streetcar lines in Manhattan

The following streetcar lines once operated in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States.

List of lines

North-south lines

Lines related to Broadway are listed first, and then the table contains all other lines by their Lower Manhattan trunk (if applicable) from east to west.

Company (post-1911) Name From To Major streets History
New York Railways South Ferry and Vesey Street Line South Ferry City Hall Trinity Place became part of the Sixth Avenue Line and Eighth Avenue Line
New York Railways Broadway Line South Ferry Central Park Broadway and Seventh Avenue opened by the Broadway and Seventh Avenue Railroad in 1864; leased by the Houston, West Street and Pavonia Ferry Railroad in 1893; leased by the Metropolitan Street Railway in 1893; leased by New York Railways in 1911; replaced by New York City Omnibus Corporation buses on February 12, 1936 (now the M5 bus)
New York Railways Lexington Avenue Line Union Square, earlier South Ferry Harlem Broadway, 23rd Street, Lexington Avenue, 116th Street, and Lenox Avenue opened by the Lexington Avenue and Pavonia Ferry Railroad; merged into the Metropolitan Street Railway in 1894; acquired by New York Railways in 1911; replaced by New York City Omnibus Corporation buses on March 25, 1936[1] (now the M102 bus)
New York Railways Broadway and Columbus Avenue Line South Ferry Harlem Broadway, Seventh Avenue, 53rd Street, Columbus Avenue, 116th Street, and Lenox Avenue opened by the Columbus and Ninth Avenue Railroad; leased by the Metropolitan Street Railway in 1893 and merged in 1895; acquired by New York Railways in 1911; replaced by New York City Omnibus Corporation buses on February 12, 1936 (now the M7 bus)
New York Railways Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue Line Houston Street Manhattanville Broadway, Seventh Avenue, 53rd Street, Ninth Avenue, Broadway, and Amsterdam Avenue eliminated in 1919
New York Railways Broadway and University Place Line City Hall Central Park Church Street, Greene Street, Wooster Street, University Place, and Broadway replaced by the Broadway Line
Third Avenue Railway Broadway Line East 34th Street Ferry Fort Lee Ferry 34th Street, First Avenue, 42nd Street, Broadway, and 125th Street December 15, 1946 (now the M104 bus)
Third Avenue Railway Kingsbridge Line East Harlem Marble Hill 125th Street, Amsterdam Avenue, and Broadway June 22, 1947 (now the M100 bus)
Third Avenue Railway Broadway and 145th Street Line Harlem Washington Heights 145th Street, Amsterdam Avenue, and Broadway June 29, 1947
Third Avenue Railway East Belt Line South Ferry 59th Street, earlier East Harlem South Street, Avenue D, 14th Street, and First Avenue opened by the Central Park, North and East River Railroad in 1863; leased to the Houston, West Street and Pavonia Ferry Railroad and Metropolitan Crosstown Railway in 1892; leased to the Metropolitan Street Railway in 1893; lease cancelled in 1908; bought by the Third Avenue Railway as part of the reorganized Belt Line Railway in 1913
Third Avenue Railway Avenue D Line City Hall East 23rd Street Ferry East Broadway, Columbia Street, Lewis Street, Avenue D, 14th Street, and Avenue A discontinued early, since it was largely redundant with the Avenue B Line and East Belt Line
Third Avenue Railway Avenue B Line City Hall East 34th Street Ferry East Broadway, Avenue B, 14th Street, Avenue A, 24th Street, and First Avenue opened by the Dry Dock, East Broadway and Battery Railroad; bought by the Third Avenue Railroad in 1897; leased by the Metropolitan Street Railway in 1900; lease cancelled in 1908; replaced by Avenue B and East Broadway Transit Company buses on July 30, 1932 (now the M9 bus)
N/A Avenue A Line Williamsburg Bridge East 23rd Street Ferry Avenue A
Second Avenue Railroad Astoria Line Astor Place East 92nd Street Ferry Second Avenue, 86th Street, and York Avenue
Second Avenue Railroad First Avenue Line Astor Place East Harlem Second Avenue, 59th Street, and First Avenue
Second Avenue Railroad Second Avenue Line Worth Street, earlier City Hall or Peck Slip East Harlem Worth Street, Bowery, and Second Avenue opened by the Second Avenue Railroad in 1853; leased by the Metropolitan Street Railway in 1898; lease cancelled in 1908; replaced by East Side Omnibus Corporation buses on June 25, 1933 (now the M15 bus)
Third Avenue Railway Third Avenue Line City Hall Washington Heights Bowery, Third Avenue, 125th Street, and Amsterdam Avenue opened by the Third Avenue Railroad in 1853; leased by the Metropolitan Street Railway in 1900; lease cancelled in 1908; reorganized as the Third Avenue Railway in 1910; replaced by Surface Transportation Corporation buses on May 28, 1947 (now the M101 bus)
New York Railways Fourth and Madison Avenues Line City Hall Harlem, earlier also East 34th Street Ferry Centre Street, Bowery, Park Avenue, and Madison Avenue opened by the New York and Harlem Railroad in 1832; leased by the Metropolitan Street Railway in 1896; leased by New York Railways in 1911; lease cancelled in 1920 but reinstated in 1932; replaced by Madison Avenue Coach Company buses on February 1, 1935 (now the M1 bus)
N/A Fourth Avenue and Williamsburg Bridge Line Williamsburg, Brooklyn Grand Central Terminal Bowery and Park Avenue operated from 1904 to 1911 by the Metropolitan Street Railway
New York Railways Sixth Avenue Line Greenwich Village, earlier South Ferry Central Park Trinity Place, West Broadway, and Sixth Avenue opened by the Sixth Avenue Railroad in 1852; leased by the Houston, West Street and Pavonia Ferry Railroad in 1892; leased by the Metropolitan Street Railway in 1893; leased by New York Railways in 1911; replaced by New York City Omnibus Corporation buses on March 12, 1936 (now the M6 bus)
New York Railways Sixth Avenue Ferry Line Desbrosses Street Ferry Greenwich Village Watts Street, Varick Street, and Carmine Street discontinued September 21, 1919
New York Railways Sixth and Amsterdam Avenues Line South Ferry Manhattanville Trinity Place, West Broadway, Sixth Avenue, 53rd Street, Columbus Avenue, Broadway, and Amsterdam Avenue eliminated in 1919
New York Railways Lenox Avenue Line Central Park Harlem Lenox Avenue became part of the Broadway and Columbus Avenue Line and Broadway and Lexington Avenue Line
New York Railways Seventh Avenue Line Greenwich Village, earlier Williamsburg, Brooklyn or City Hall Central Park Greenwich Avenue and Seventh Avenue opened by the Broadway and Seventh Avenue Railroad in 1864; leased by the Houston, West Street and Pavonia Ferry Railroad in 1893; leased by the Metropolitan Street Railway in 1893; leased by New York Railways in 1911; replaced by New York City Omnibus Corporation buses on March 6, 1936 (now the M10 bus)
N/A Seventh Avenue and Fort Lee Ferry Line Brooklyn Bridge Fort Lee Ferry Centre Street, Canal Street, West Broadway, Sixth Avenue, 23rd Street, Seventh Avenue, Broadway, and 125th Street
New York Railways Eighth Avenue Line South Ferry or Cortlandt Street Ferry Harlem Trinity Place, West Broadway, and Eighth Avenue opened by the Eighth Avenue Railroad in 1852; leased by the Metropolitan Street Railway in 1896; leased by New York Railways in 1911; lease cancelled in 1919; merged into the Eighth and Ninth Avenues Railway in 1926; replaced by Eighth Avenue Coach Corporation buses on November 12, 1935 (now the M10 bus)
New York Railways Ninth and Columbus Avenues Line Cortlandt Street Ferry Morningside Heights Greenwich Street, Washington Street, Ninth Avenue, and Columbus Avenue split between the Ninth Avenue Line and Broadway and Columbus Avenue Line
New York Railways Ninth and Amsterdam Avenues Line Cortlandt Street Ferry or Christopher Street Ferry, earlier City Hall Morningside Heights Greenwich Street, Washington Street, Ninth Avenue, Broadway, and Amsterdam Avenue opened by the Ninth Avenue Railroad in 1859; leased by the Houston, West Street and Pavonia Ferry Railroad in 1892; leased by the Metropolitan Street Railway in 1893; leased by New York Railways in 1911; lease cancelled in 1919; merged into the Eighth and Ninth Avenues Railway in 1926; replaced by Eighth Avenue Coach Corporation buses on November 12, 1935 (now the M11 bus)
Third Avenue Railway West Belt Line South Ferry Midtown West Street and Tenth Avenue opened by the Central Park, North and East River Railroad in 1863; leased to the Houston, West Street and Pavonia Ferry Railroad and Metropolitan Crosstown Railway in 1892; leased to the Metropolitan Street Railway in 1893; lease cancelled in 1908; bought by the Third Avenue Railway as part of the reorganized Belt Line Railway in 1913
Third Avenue Railway Tenth Avenue Line West 42nd Street Ferry Manhattanville 42nd Street, Amsterdam Avenue, Broadway, and 125th Street November 17, 1946

East-west lines

Lines are listed roughly from south to north.

Company (post-1911) Name From To Major streets History
N/A Fulton Street Crosstown Line Cortlandt Street Ferry or Barclay Street Ferry Fulton Street Ferry Fulton Street 1908
New York Railways Chambers and Madison Streets Line Pavonia Ferry Grand Street Ferry, earlier also Roosevelt Street Ferry Chambers Street and Madison Street discontinued September 21, 1919 (now the M22 bus)
N/A Cortlandt Street Line Cortlandt Street Ferry or Broadway Grand Street Ferry Greenwich Street, Washington Street, North Moore Street, Beach Street, Canal Street, and East Broadway
Joint Brooklyn and North River Line Desbrosses Street Ferry Downtown Brooklyn Canal Street, Manhattan Bridge, and Flatbush Avenue
Third Avenue Railway Post Office Line City Hall Williamsburg, Brooklyn Bowery, Grand Street, Essex Street, and Delancey Street
New York Railways Canal Street Crosstown Line TriBeCa Chinatown Canal Street
Third Avenue Railway Grand Street Line Desbrosses Street Ferry Williamsburg, Brooklyn or Grand Street Ferry Vestry Street and Grand Street
New York Railways Metropolitan Crosstown Line Desbrosses Street Ferry, earlier also West 14th Street Ferry and Union Square Grand Street Ferry Watts Street, Spring Street, and Delancey Street discontinued September 21, 1919; restored from February 1, 1920 to May 20, 1931 by court order[2][3]
New York Railways Avenue C Line Desbrosses Street Ferry, earlier Chambers Street Ferry East 23rd Street Ferry, earlier Grand Central Terminal West Street, Charlton Street, Houston Street, Prince Street, Stanton Street, Third Street, Avenue C, 17th Street, 18th Street, and Avenue A discontinued September 21, 1919 (Served on Avenue C by M9 and Houston Street by M21)
New York Railways Bleecker Street Line Chelsea, earlier West 23rd Street Ferry Broadway, earlier Fulton Ferry Bleecker Street
New York Railways Eighth Street Crosstown Line Christopher Street Ferry Williamsburg, Brooklyn or East Tenth Street Ferry Christopher Street, Tenth Street, Eighth Street, Ninth Street, and Tenth Street March 6, 1936 (now the M8 bus)
New York Railways 14th Street Crosstown Line West 23rd Street Ferry Williamsburg, Brooklyn, earlier also Grand Street Ferry West Street, 14th Street, and Avenue A April 20, 1936 (now the M14 bus)
last NY Railways line converted to buses
New York Railways 17th and 18th Streets Crosstown Line Greenwich Village, earlier Christopher Street Ferry East 23rd Street Ferry University Place, 17th Street, 18th Street, and Avenue A 1913
N/A Christopher and 23rd Streets Line Christopher Street Ferry East 23rd Street Ferry Greenwich Street, Washington Street, 14th Street, and Avenue A
New York Railways 23rd Street Crosstown Line West 23rd Street Ferry East 23rd Street Ferry or East 34th Street Ferry, earlier also Union Square 23rd Street April 8, 1936 (now the M23 bus)
N/A Grand Central Station and West 23rd Street Ferry Line West 23rd Street Ferry Grand Central Terminal 23rd Street and Park Avenue
Third Avenue Railway 28th and 29th Streets Crosstown Line West 23rd Street Ferry East 34th Street Ferry 11th Avenue, 28th Street, 29th Street, and First Avenue leased to the Metropolitan Street Railway in 1896; lease cancelled in 1908
New York Railways West 34th Street Pier Line West 34th Street Ferry Tenth Avenue 34th Street
New York Railways 34th Street Crosstown Line West 42nd Street Ferry East 34th Street Ferry Tenth Avenue and 34th Street April 1, 1936 (now the M16 and M34 buses)
Third Avenue Railway 42nd Street Crosstown Line West 42nd Street Ferry East 42nd Street Ferry or Long Island City, Queens; earlier also East 34th Street Ferry 42nd Street and Third Avenue November 17, 1946 (now the M42 bus)
N/A 42nd Street and Grand Street Ferry Line West 42nd Street Ferry Grand Street Ferry 42nd Street, Tenth Avenue, 34th Street, Broadway, 23rd Street, Fourth Avenue, 14th Street, Avenue A, and Houston Street
New York Railways 53rd Street Crosstown Line Ninth Avenue Sixth Avenue 53rd Street became part of the Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue Line, Broadway and Columbus Avenue Line, and Sixth and Amsterdam Avenues Line
Third Avenue Railway 59th Street Crosstown Line Tenth Avenue First Avenue 59th Street opened by the Central Park, North and East River Railroad; leased to the Houston, West Street and Pavonia Ferry Railroad and Metropolitan Crosstown Railway in 1892; leased to the Metropolitan Street Railway in 1893; lease cancelled in 1908; bought by the Third Avenue Railway as part of the reorganized Belt Line Railway in 1913; replaced by Surface Transportation Corporation buses on November 10, 1946
New York Railways 86th Street Crosstown Line Upper West Side East 92nd Street Ferry 86th Street and York Avenue New York and Harlem Railroad from 1920 to 1932;[4] Bustitution on June 8, 1936 (now the M86 bus)
Third Avenue Railway 110th Street Crosstown Line Fort Lee Ferry East Harlem 125th Street, St. Nicholas Avenue, and 110th Street
New York Railways 116th Street Crosstown Line Morningside Heights East Harlem 106th Street, Manhattan Avenue, and 116th Street April 1, 1936 (now the M116 bus)
Third Avenue Railway 125th Street Crosstown Line Fort Lee Ferry East Harlem 125th Street August 5, 1941 (no longer a separate bus route; served by the Bx15 and M60)
Union Railway 138th Street Crosstown Line Harlem Bronx 135th Street and Madison Avenue July 10, 1948 (now the Bx33 bus in the Bronx)
New York Railways 145th Street Crosstown Line Broadway Lenox Avenue 145th Street Originally operated by the Fort George and Eleventh Avenue Railroad
Union Railway 163rd Street Crosstown Line Washington Heights Bronx 155th Street June 27, 1948 (now the Bx6 bus)
Union Railway 167th Street Crosstown Line Washington Heights Bronx 181st Street July 11, 1948 (now the Bx35 bus)
Union Railway 207th Street Crosstown Line Inwood Bronx 207th Street now the Bx12 bus

See also

References

  1. ^ "Lexington Av. Gets Buses Wednesday". The New York Times. March 22, 1936. p. 39. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  2. ^ Stephen L. Meyers, Manhattan's Lost Streetcars, p. 58
  3. ^ New York Times, Delancey Line Restored, January 31, 1920, page 15
  4. ^ Meyers, Stephen L. (2005). Manhattan's Lost Streetcars. Arcadia Publishing. p. 97.