72nd Street (IND Eighth Avenue Line)

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 72 Street
Temporarily closed New York City Subway station
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Downtown platform on the lower level
Station statistics
Address West 72nd Street & Central Park West
New York, NY 10023
Borough Manhattan
Locale Upper West Side
Coordinates 40°46′34″N 73°58′34″W / 40.776154°N 73.976011°W / 40.776154; -73.976011Coordinates: 40°46′34″N 73°58′34″W / 40.776154°N 73.976011°W / 40.776154; -73.976011
Division B (IND)
Line       IND Eighth Avenue Line
Services Closed
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: M10, M72
Bus transport MTA Bus: BxM2
Structure Underground
Levels 2
Platforms 2 side platforms (1 on each level)
Tracks 4 (2 on each level)
Other information
Opened September 10, 1932 (85 years ago) (1932-09-10)[1]
Closed May 7, 2018; 3 months ago (2018-05-07) (reconstruction)
Rebuilt October 2018; 2 months' time (2018-10)
Station code 160[2]
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[3]
Passengers (2017) 2,799,974[4]Decrease 4.2%
Rank 183 out of 425
Station succession
Next north 81st Street–Museum of Natural History: no passenger service
Next south 59th Street–Columbus Circle: no passenger service

72nd Street is a local station on the IND Eighth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. It is located at 72nd Street and Central Park West on the Upper West Side. From May to October 2018, the station is closed for renovations. Under normal service patterns, it is served by the C train at all times except nights, when the A train takes over service. The B train provides additional service here on weekdays except nights.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit / Entrance
B1 Northbound express "A" train "D" train do not stop here
Northbound local "A" train "B" train "C" train do not stop here (81st Street–Museum of Natural History)
Side platform, not in service
Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
B2 Southbound express "A" train "D" train do not stop here →
Southbound local "A" train "B" train "C" train do not stop here (59th Street–Columbus Circle)
Side platform, not in service
Track layout
Upper level
Lower level

This underground station, opened on September 10, 1932,[1][5] has two levels, each of which has from west to east, one side platform, one local track and one express track. Northbound trains stop on the upper level while southbound trains stop on the lower level.

Both platforms have name tablets reading "72ND ST." in white sans serif lettering on a blue background and black border and small "72" signs in white numbering on a black background at regular intervals. Directional signs in white lettering on a black background are below the name tablets. Mosaic signs in white lettering on a blue background on the upper level direct passengers to the staircases going down to the lower level.

Under the 2015–2019 MTA Capital Plan, the station, along with thirty other New York City Subway stations, will undergo a complete overhaul as part of the Enhanced Station Initiative and be entirely closed for up to 6 months. Updates include cellular service, Wi-Fi, USB charging stations, interactive service advisories and maps.[6][7] A request for proposals for the 72nd Street, 86th Street, Cathedral Parkway–110th Street, and 163rd Street–Amsterdam Avenue stations was issued on June 1, 2017,[8] and the New York City Transit and Bus Committee officially recommended that the MTA Board award the $111 million contract to ECCO III Enterprises in October 2017.[9] As part of the renovations, the station is closed from May 7, 2018, to October 2018.[10]


Name tablets
R68 B train at the station

This station's main fare control area is at the north end. Two staircases from the lower level go up to the upper level, where a turnstile bank provides access to and from the station. Outside fare control, there is a token booth and two staircases going up to either western corners of 72nd Street and Central Park West.[11][12] The northwest staircase, outside the Dakota apartment building, is made of stone.

This station has an unstaffed fare control area at the south end. One staircase from the lower level goes up to the upper level, where two HEET turnstiles lead to a single staircase going up to the southwest corner of 70th Street and Central Park West.[11][12] This entrance had previously been closed,[11] but has since reopened.

This station formerly had a fare control area at the center going up to 71st Street.[13] Evidence of this includes a fenced off staircase on the lower level and new tiling on the upper level.

In film[edit]

The station entrance is seen in the Blue's Clues episode "Shape Searchers" during mail time as kids looks for shapes.[14]


  1. ^ a b "List of the 28 Stations on the New Eighth Ave Line". The New York Times. September 10, 1932. p. 6. 
  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. ^ Crowell, Paul (September 10, 1932). "Gay Midnight Crowd Rides First Trains In The New Subway: Throngs at Station an Hour Before Time, Rush Turnstiles When Chains are Dropped" (PDF). The New York Times. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  6. ^ "MTA Will Completely Close 30 Subway Stations For Months-Long "Revamp"". Gothamist. January 8, 2016. Archived from the original on August 1, 2016. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  7. ^ "MTAStations" (PDF). governor.ny.gov. Government of the State of New York. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Enhanced Stations Initiative Program; Contract A·36622C (Package 3) for Design & Construction at 72nd Street, 86th Street, Cathedral Parkway (110th Street), and 163rd Street - Amsterdam Avenue Stations on the 8th Avenue Line (IND), Manhattan" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. June 1, 2017. Retrieved July 27, 2017. 
  9. ^ "New York City Transit and Bus Committee Meeting" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. October 23, 2017. p. 131. Retrieved November 9, 2017. 
  10. ^ Warerkar, Tanay (2018-02-19). "MTA will shutter 4 Upper Manhattan subway stations for repairs". Curbed NY. Retrieved 2018-02-20. 
  11. ^ a b c "Reopening Closed Subway Entrances" (PDF). pcac.org. New York City Transit Riders Council. November 2001. Retrieved December 6, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Upper West Side" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved December 30, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Review of the A and C Lines" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. December 11, 2015. Retrieved January 19, 2016. 
  14. ^ http://watchcartoonsonline.eu/watch/blues-clues-s5-ep3-shape-searchers/

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