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181st Street (IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line)

181st Street
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Southern half of the platforms currently under renovation after the 2009 ceiling collapse
Station statistics
Address West 181st Street & Saint Nicholas Avenue
New York, NY 10033
Borough Manhattan
Locale Washington Heights
Division A (IRT)
Line       IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line
Services       1 all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: M3, Bx3, Bx11, Bx13, Bx35, Bx36
GWB Bus Station (at 179 St)
Structure Underground
Depth 120 feet (37 m)
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened March 16, 1906 (1906-03-16)
Passengers (2014) 3,751,020[1] 3.9%
Rank 138 out of 421
Station succession
Next north 191st Street: 1 all times
Next south 168th Street: 1 all times

181st Street Subway Station (IRT)
MPS New York City Subway System MPS
NRHP Reference # 05000224[2]
Added to NRHP March 30, 2005

181st Street is a local station on the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of St. Nicholas Avenue and 181st Street in Washington Heights, Manhattan, it is served by the 1 train at all times.


  • Station layout 1
  • Ceiling collapse 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Station layout

G Street level Exit/Entrance
(Elevators in mezzanine. Note: Platforms and street level are not accessible)
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
Platform level
Side platform, doors open on the right
Northbound toward Van Cortlandt Park – 242nd Street (191st Street)
Southbound toward South Ferry (168th Street)
Side platform, doors open on the right

This station is 120 feet (37 m) below the surface, has four elevators, and a bridge connecting the two George Washington Bridge.

The station was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.[2] As part of the Multiple Property Submission of the Historic Resources of the New York City Subway System, the 181st Street Station is significant in the areas of transportation, community planning, engineering, and architectural design.

The elevators to the platforms still utilize elevator operators, one of the only stations in the system to do so.[3]

Ceiling collapse

Station view before the 2009 ceiling collapse

On August 16, 2009, at around 10:30 pm, a 25-foot section of the bricks lining the roof of the station collapsed onto both uptown and downtown tracks and platforms. It fell from the 35 foot high curved ceiling. Nobody was injured at the time of the incident. This caused suspension of the 1 service between 168th Street and Dyckman Street stations in both directions for eight days. The MTA was providing free shuttle bus service between 168th Street and Dyckman for that period. The cause of the collapse is under investigation.[4][5] Full end-to-end service on the 1 was restored on August 24, 2009, except that trains were skipping the 181st Street station.[5] The station reopened to passengers on August 31, 2009.[6][7]

There was also a partial ceiling collapse at the same station in 2007, according to Judith M. Kunoff, Chief Architect for the NYC Transit Authority.[8]

According to NY1, the repairs to the station cost $30 million and did not start until the end of 2012.[9]


  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2015-04-22. 
  2. ^ a b "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places.  
  3. ^ The Subway’s Elevator Operators, a Reassuring Amenity of Another Era. By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM. Published: April 28, 2011. The New York Times.
  4. ^ "Subway station repairs to take days".  
  5. ^ a b Grynbaum, Michael M. (August 24, 2009). "Service on No. 1 Subway Line Is Largely Restored". The New York Times. Retrieved August 24, 2009. 
  6. ^ "No. 1 Line Service Restored to 181st Street".  
  7. ^ "Subway Misery Has Express Stop At 181st Street".  
  8. ^ Dwyer, Jim (August 18, 2009). "Subway Station Ceilings Were Built to Last, but Not Forever". The New York Times. Retrieved August 24, 2009. 
  9. ^ Redwine, Tina (October 11, 2011). "Washington Heights Straphangers Annoyed At Long-Delayed Subway Station Repairs".  

External links

  •—IRT West Side Line: 181st Street
  • Station Reporter – 1 Train
  • The Subway Nut – 181st Street Pictures
  • NRHP designation
  • NRHP photos of station
  • 181st Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
  • St. Nicholas Avenue entrance from Google Maps Street View
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