Fifth Avenue–59th Street (BMT Broadway Line)

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5th Avenue–59th Street
"N" train"R" train"W" train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
5 Av - 59 St Station Feb 2017 5.jpg
Downtown platform
Station statistics
Address East 60th Street & Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10023
Borough Manhattan
Locale Midtown Manhattan, Upper East Side
Coordinates 40°45′53″N 73°58′21″W / 40.764779°N 73.972621°W / 40.764779; -73.972621Coordinates: 40°45′53″N 73°58′21″W / 40.764779°N 73.972621°W / 40.764779; -73.972621
Division B (BMT)
Line       BMT Broadway Line
Services       N all times (all times)
      R all except late nights (all except late nights)
      W weekdays only (weekdays only)
Transit connections Bus transport New York City Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, Q32
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened September 1, 1919; 98 years ago (1919-09-01)[1]
Station code 008[2]
Accessible not ADA-accessible; accessibility planned
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[3]
Passengers (2016) 5,929,715[4]Decrease 1.5%
Rank 74 out of 422
Station succession
Next north Lexington Avenue/59th Street: N all timesR all except late nightsW weekdays only
Next south 57th Street–Seventh Avenue: N all timesR all except late nightsW weekdays only

5th Avenue–59th Street is a station on the BMT Broadway Line of the New York City Subway. Located under Grand Army Plaza near the intersection of 5th Avenue and 60th Street in Manhattan, it is served by the N train at all times, W on weekdays, and R at all times except late nights.

Station layout

Track layout
to 57 St
G Street Level Exit/Entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound "N" train toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (57th Street–Seventh Avenue)
"W" train toward Whitehall Street–South Ferry (weekdays) (57th Street–Seventh Avenue)
"R" train toward Bay Ridge–95th Street (57th Street–Seventh Avenue)
Northbound "N" train ("W" train weekdays) toward Ditmars Boulevard (Lexington Avenue/59th Street)
"R" train toward 71st Avenue (Lexington Avenue/59th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Directional mosaics

The station has two tracks and two side platforms, with a mezzanine above both the western and eastern ends of the station. Replicas of BMT directional mosaics “QUEENS TRAINS” and “BROOKLYN TRAINS” are found on the western exit. Each mezzanine has one stair to each platform. Mosaics “5”, “Fifth Ave,” and the directional signs on each platform, are fully preserved with new tiles encircling around them.

This station was overhauled in the late 1970s. The MTA fixed the station's structure and overall appearance, replacing the original wall tiles, old signs, and incandescent lighting with 1970s modern-look wall tile band and tablet mosaics, signs and fluorescent lights. It also fixed staircases and platform edges. In 2002, the station received a major overhaul. It received state-of-art repairs as well as an upgrade of the station for ADA compliance and restoration the original late 1910s tiling. The MTA repaired the staircases, re-tiling for the walls, installed new tiling on the floors, upgraded the station's lights and the public address system, and installed ADA yellow safety threads along the platform edges, new signs, and new track-beds in both directions.

Artwork here was made in 1997 by Ann Schaumburger and is called Urban Oasis. It uses glass mosaic murals to depict families of different types of animals, particularly for the nearby Central Park Zoo.


The full-time side of the station at the north end, at 60th Street and Fifth Avenue, has three street staircases, one carved into the outer perimeter of Central Park (northwestern corner of that intersection) and the other two on either eastern corner of the intersection.[5] The part-time side at Central Park South, just by the Plaza Hotel, formerly had a booth (closed in 2003) and three street staircases as well: two carved inside Central Park's perimeter, on the northern side of Central Park South, and one to the southern side, inside a building just west of the Plaza Hotel.[5]


  1. ^ New York Times, Subway to Open Two New Stations, August 31, 1919, page 25
  2. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  3. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  4. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2011–2016". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 31, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Midtown" (PDF). Metropolitan Transit Authority. 2015. Retrieved July 28, 2016. 

External links

  • Media related to Fifth Avenue (BMT Broadway Line) at Wikimedia Commons
  • – BMT Broadway Subway: Fifth Avenue
  • Station Reporter — N Train
  • Station Reporter — R Train
  • MTA's Arts For Transit — 5th Avenue–59th Street (BMT Broadway Line)
  • Fifth Avenue and 60th Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
  • Central Park South entrance from Google Maps Street View
  • Central Park South lobby from Google Maps Street View
  • Platforms from Google Maps Street View
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