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Station: 50th Street (8th Avenue)

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IND 8th Avenue/Fulton Street/Rockaway Line
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Overview

Opened: 9/10/1932

Two levels, with two side platforms on each level. The trains to/from the Central Park West stop on the upper level, Queens Boulevard/53rd Street trains on the lower level.

The two levels seem like typical IND overbuilding. The Queens trains could have easily run through the station without stopping to speed up the journey from Queens. But the station was built when Madison Square Garden stood upstairs, where Worldwide Plaza is now. It is plausible that the extra platforms were needed for the Garden crowds.

The two platforms on each side are out of phase: the upper level runs from 50th to 52nd, the lower from 49th to 51st. On the southbound side, the fare control is at the upper platform level, and there is elevator access to both platforms and street level. The northbound side has fare control three steps up from the upper platform.

There is a closed exit at 52nd Street; closed stairways connecting the uptown platforms at 51st Street; an exit at 51st Street from the uptown platform but not from the downtown platform; a former entrance to the lower level platforms at 49th Street, which has been completely removed on the uptown side, with access from the street to the mezzanine on the soutbound side (the stairs to the platform have been closed, apparently as a crime prevention measure); no crossovers between direction provided at any entrance. During the construction of the Worldwide Plaza complex in the 1980s, a closed fare control area was opened up and an original wooden token booth found inside. This was fixed up and is now in service on the downtown lower level platform.

There might have also been a passageway, just north of the uptown token booth, that linked this station to the 50th Street/Broadway station. No free transfer was ever provided.

The name tablet is dark purple with black border and there is no color tile band.

Artwork

Untitled, Matt Mullican (1989)

Photo Gallery


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Photo by: Wayne Whitehorne
Location: 50th Street

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Photo by: Brian Weinberg
Location: 50th Street
Artwork: Untitled (Matt Mullican)

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Photo by: Bill E.
Location: 50th Street

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Photo by: Robbie Rosenfeld
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Photo by: Roberto C. Tobar
Location: 50th Street

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Photo by: Roberto C. Tobar
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Photo by: Bill E.
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Photo by: Roberto C. Tobar
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Photo by: Roberto C. Tobar
Location: 50th Street

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Photo by: Robbie Rosenfeld
Location: 50th Street

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Photo by: Robbie Rosenfeld
Location: 50th Street

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Photo by: Robbie Rosenfeld
Location: 50th Street
Artwork: Untitled (Matt Mullican)

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Photo by: Christopher Henderson
Location: 50th Street

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Photo by: Robbie Rosenfeld
Location: 50th Street

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Photo by: Robbie Rosenfeld
Location: 50th Street


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