East Broadway (IND Sixth Avenue Line)

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 East Broadway
 "F" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
East Broadway F - Platform.jpg
Station statistics
AddressEast Broadway & Rutgers Street
New York, NY 10002
LocaleLower East Side
Coordinates40°42′51″N 73°59′25″W / 40.714216°N 73.990259°W / 40.714216; -73.990259Coordinates: 40°42′51″N 73°59′25″W / 40.714216°N 73.990259°W / 40.714216; -73.990259
DivisionB (IND)
Line      IND Sixth Avenue Line
Services      F all times (all times)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: M9
Platforms1 island platform
Other information
OpenedJanuary 1, 1936; 83 years ago (1936-01-01)
Station code234[1]
Accessiblenot ADA-accessible; accessibility planned
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
Passengers (2017)4,458,909[3]Decrease 6.2%
Rank110 out of 425
Station succession
Next northDelancey Street: F all times
Next southYork Street: F all times

East Broadway is a station on the IND Sixth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at East Broadway and Rutgers Street in the Lower East Side, it is served by the F train at all times.

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
G Street Level Exits / Entrances
B1 Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
B2 Mezzanine Open intermediate level between fare control and platforms
B3 Mezzanine[4] Closed intermediate level between fare control and platforms
B4 Northbound "F" train toward Jamaica–179th Street (Delancey Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Southbound "F" train toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (York Street)
Stair at southeast corner of East Broadway and Rutgers Street

The station has one narrow, slightly curved island platform. There is an abandoned tower at the north end of the platform. The station has two mezzanines, four open staircases, three closed staircases, and one escalator. The full-time entrance at Madison Street has one street staircase, while the part-time entrance at Canal and Rutgers Streets has three. A passageway outside of fare control connects the two areas.

The tile band is medium Parma violet with a slightly darker border, set two tiles high. Captions below show the station name abbreviated as "E BWAY". The I-beams are painted a similar shade of violet. The trackside walls show a considerable pattern of aging and occasional water damage.

The 1992 artwork at this station is called Displacing Details by Noel Copeland, with assistance by students from the Henry Street Settlement.

There are many closed sections at East Broadway. There are restrooms that have been converted to office spaces. Inside fare control, the open intermediate level's mezzanine is split into two halves; the portion between the two halves was shuttered and is now used as maintenance space. Right below the open intermediate level is an entire closed intermediate level mezzanine, which is indicated by an brief intermediate level on staircases from the open mezzanine to the platform and now serves as storage space as well.[5] This closed mezzanine is accessible through fenced-off stairways at the either end of the station. A shuttered staircase in the middle of the platform level led to Henry Street.

Unfinished station[edit]

The north half of the open intermediate level mezzanine was designed to eventually become a station of the unbuilt IND Worth Street Line. A locked door, located in the north end of the mezzanine, reveals additional closed platform space and an electrical room that hides the rest of the trackway and platform space. In this closed space, the platform floor drops to the level of the intended westbound trackway for the unbuilt line.[6] The unused space runs for no more than fifteen feet before ending at a solid wall. Another door that leads to the electrical room hides the eastbound trackway. Near the north end of this station, a different ceiling structure angling across marks where the unbuilt subway would have gone.[7] The ramp that descends from the full-time side would have led to the same intermediate level, with a station facility in between, but that was never constructed. On the open intermediate level's mezzanine, the unusual spacing of some of the pillars marks where the line's platforms would have been placed.[8] The closed trackways are also accessible through the closed intermediate level mezzanine, though this level is somewhat lower than that of the trackways.


All exits are street stairs.

  • NE corner of Canal Street and Essex Street[9]
  • West side of Rutgers Street between Canal Street and East Broadway[9]
  • SE corner of East Broadway and Rutgers Street[9]
  • NW corner of Madison Street and Rutgers Street[9]

In June 2018, improvements to the East Broadway station's exits were proposed as part of the development of the controversial 247 Cherry, 269 South Street, and 259 Clinton Street skyscrapers. The developers planned to create a new entrance at Rutgers and Madison Streets, and make the station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 with the installation of elevators.[10] The plan was approved that December.[11]


  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2012–2017". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  4. ^ "East Broadway Mezzanine". LTV Squad. December 31, 2006.
  5. ^ "East Broadway Mezzanine". LTV Squad. December 31, 2006.
  6. ^ http://indsecondsystem.weebly.com/essex-street---east-broadway.html
  7. ^ http://www.columbia.edu/~brennan/abandoned/EBway.ceil.jpg
  8. ^ [1], [2]
  9. ^ a b c d "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Lower East Side" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  10. ^ Warerkar, Tanay (June 25, 2018). "Two Bridges skyscrapers to begin public review as locals, pols call for more time". Curbed NY. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  11. ^ "City Planning approves controversial trio of resi towers in Two Bridges". The Real Deal New York. December 5, 2018. Retrieved December 18, 2018.

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