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Station: 42nd Street-Bryant Park (6th Avenue Line)

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IND 6th Avenue Line
B.GIF Bedford Park Boulevard ·Kingsbridge Road ·Fordham Road · 182nd-183rd Street · Tremont Avenue · 174th-175th Street · 170th Street · 167th Street · 161st Street-Yankee Stadium · 155th Street-8th Avenue · 145th Street · 135th Street · 125th Street · 116th Street · 110th Street-Cathedral Parkway · 103rd Street · 96th Street · 86th Street · 81st Street-Museum of Natural History · 72nd Street · 59th Street-Columbus Circle · 7th Avenue-53rd Street · 47-50th Street-Rockefeller Center · 42nd Street · 34th Street-Herald Square · West 4th Street-Washington Square · Broadway-Lafayette · Grand Street · DeKalb Avenue · Atlantic Avenue · 7th Avenue · Prospect Park · Church Avenue · Newkirk Plaza · Kings Highway · Sheepshead Bay · Brighton Beach
D.GIF 205th Street · Bedford Park Boulevard ·Kingsbridge Road ·Fordham Road · 182nd-183rd Street · Tremont Avenue · 174th-175th Street · 170th Street · 167th Street · 161st Street-Yankee Stadium · 155th Street-8th Avenue · 145th Street · 125th Street · 59th Street-Columbus Circle · 7th Avenue-53rd Street · 47-50th Street-Rockefeller Center · 42nd Street · 34th Street-Herald Square · West 4th Street-Washington Square · Broadway-Lafayette · Grand Street · Pacific Street · 36th Street · 59th Street · 9th Avenue · Fort Hamilton Parkway · 50th Street · 55th Street · 62nd Street · 71st Street · 79th Street · 18th Avenue · 20th Avenue · Bay Parkway · 25th Avenue · Bay 50th Street · Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue
F.GIF 179th Street · 169th Street · Parsons Boulevard · Sutphin Boulevard · Briarwood-Van Wyck Boulevard · Union Turnpike-Kew Gardens · 75th Avenue · 71st-Continental Aves.-Forest Hills · Roosevelt Avenue · 21st Street-Queensbridge · Roosevelt Island · Lexington Ave.-63rd St. · 57th Street · 47-50th Street-Rockefeller Center · 42nd Street · 34th Street-Herald Square · 23rd Street · 14th Street · West 4th Street-Washington Square · Broadway-Lafayette · 2nd Avenue · Delancey Street · East Broadway · York Street · Jay St.-Metrotech · Bergen Street · Carroll Street · Smith-9th Street · 4th Avenue · 7th Avenue-Park Slope · 15th Street-Prospect Park · Fort Hamilton Parkway · Church Avenue · Ditmas Avenue · 18th Avenue · Avenue I · Bay Parkway · Avenue N · Avenue P · Kings Highway · Avenue U · Avenue X · Neptune Avenue · West 8th Street · Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue
M.GIF

71st-Continental Aves.-Forest Hills · 67th Avenue · 63rd Drive-Rego Park · Woodhaven Boulevard-Queens Mall · Grand Avenue-Newtown · Elmhurst Avenue · Roosevelt Avenue · 65th Street · Northern Boulevard · 46th Street · Steinway Street · 36th Street · Queens Plaza · Court Square · Lexington Avenue-53rd Street · 5th Avenue-53rd Street · 47-50th Street-Rockefeller Center · 42nd Street · 34th Street-Herald Square · 23rd Street · 14th Street · West 4th Street-Washington Square · Broadway-Lafayette · Essex Street · Marcy Avenue · Hewes Street · Lorimer Street · Flushing Avenue · Myrtle Avenue · Central Avenue · Knickerbocker Avenue · Wyckoff Avenue · Seneca Avenue · Forest Avenue · Fresh Pond Road · Metropolitan Avenue


Overview

Opened: 12/15/1940

Transfer here to: IRT Flushing Line

Four tracks, two island platforms. The full mezzanine has green tile at the stairs on the west wall and red on the east wall. The tile is white with an orange tile band with black border. The I-beams are painted a reddish-orange.

The long passageway to Fifth Avenue (and the #7 train) features brown glazed brick with various color sections. There are porcelain laminated photos of the old Crystal Palace which stood at this corner. The passageway was added later in the life of the station. Originally, a transferring passenger picked up a paper transfer when leaving the one station, then walked across the street, entered the other station, and dropped the ticket into a collection box. This system, similar to the one at the BMT Franklin Avenue and IND Fulton Street transfer, was routinely abused. One could easily leave the one station, spend the day in midtown Manhattan, and reenter by the other station on the same one fare.

South of 42nd St., the mezzanine extends all the way to 34th St. (outside fare control) but has been closed off for many years. The long mezzanine had no real transit purpose and it is unclear why it was built. Plans were afoot to extend the PATH/Hudson & Manhattan Railroad to Grand Central; the mezzanine could have been built anticipating this extension either as a right of way or as a means to block the extension. There was an exit to street level at 37th St., but no traces exist at street level of this exit. While it was open it was dimly lit, poorly maintained, and risky to walk through. The closure came in the mid 1980s after a passenger was murdered in the passageway. With the tunnel so lightly trafficked and with no transit crew nearby, there was no expectation of help. It is now used for storage. From time to time, access doors are open at the 40th St. fare control from which one can see down the length of the passageway.


Artwork

Under Bryant Park, Samm Kunce

42nd Street Nocturne, Lynn Saville (2006)

Early Color, Saul Leiter (2007)

The Sixth Avenue Elevated, 1878, W. P. Snyder

Photo Gallery


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Photo by: David Pirmann
Location: 42nd Street/Bryant Park

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Photo by: Roberto C. Tobar
Location: 42nd Street/Bryant Park

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Photo by: Gary Chatterton
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Photo by: Bill E.
Location: 42nd Street/Bryant Park

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Photo by: John Barnes
Location: 42nd Street/Bryant Park
Artwork: Early Color (Saul Leiter)

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Photo by: Gary Chatterton
Location: 42nd Street/Bryant Park

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Photo by: David Pirmann
Location: 42nd Street/Bryant Park

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Photo by: David-Paul Gerber
Location: 42nd Street/Bryant Park

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Photo by: David-Paul Gerber
Location: 42nd Street/Bryant Park

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Photo by: David-Paul Gerber
Location: 42nd Street/Bryant Park

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Photo by: John Barnes
Location: 42nd Street/Bryant Park

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Photo by: John Barnes
Location: 42nd Street/Bryant Park
Artwork: Underground Exposure: Photographs from a Daily Commute (Travis Ruse)

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Photo by: John Barnes
Location: 42nd Street/Bryant Park
Artwork: Underground Exposure: Photographs from a Daily Commute (Travis Ruse)

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Photo by: Robbie Rosenfeld
Location: 42nd Street/Bryant Park

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Photo by: Roberto C. Tobar
Location: 42nd Street/Bryant Park


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