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Lexington Avenue-51st Street is a New York City Subway station complex shared by the IRT Lexington Avenue Line and the IND Queens Boulevard Line. Located between Lexington and Third Avenues and between 51st and 53rd Streets in East Midtown Manhattan, it is served by:

  • 6 and E trains at all times
  • 4 trains during late nights
  • V trains on weekdays

The passageway connecting the Lexington Avenue Line and Queens Boulevard Line stations was added in 1989.

IRT Lexington Avenue LineEdit

51st Street on the IRT Lexington Avenue Line is a local stop with two tracks and two side platforms. The express tracks pass through a lower level, and are not visible from the station. This was the sixth busiest station in the entire subway system in 1994.[1]

The station features beige brick over the original tile, but the standard IRT-style mosaics were saved. There is a crossunder at the north end, with a passageway to the Queens Boulevard Line, completed in 1989. The fare control is seven steps up from the platform level, and the platforms themselves are approximately 25 feet below street level.

IND Queens Boulevard LineEdit

Lexington Avenue–53rd Street on the IND Queens Boulevard Line has two tracks and one island platform. It is eighty feet below the street, as the line had to pass beneath all of the north–south subway lines thatwere built before it. Elevators were last renovated in 2005. The pair of escalators at the west end of the station were once recorded to be the longest in the world.[1] There is a transfer to the 51st Street station on the Lexington Avenue Line at the top of these escalators, which was completed in 1989. As a result, this station has become the sixth busiest in the system, even though it is a local station on the Lexington Avenue line.[2]

Bus connectionEdit


  1. IND Queens Boulevard Line: Lexington Avenue/53rd Street, Accessed on August 6, 2006.
  2. IRT East Side line: 51 Street, Accessed on June 9, 2005.

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