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Station: 34th Street-Herald Square

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BMT Broadway Line
N.GIF Ditmars Boulevard · Astoria Boulevard-Hoyt Avenue · 30th Avenue-Grand Avenue · Broadway · 36th Avenue-Washington Avenue · 39th Avenue-Beebe Avenue · Queensborough Plaza · Lexington Avenue-59th Street · 5th Avenue · 57th Street · 42nd Street-Times Square · 34th Street-Herald Square · 14th Street-Union Square · Canal Street · Station: Pacific Street (4th Avenue) · Station: 36th Street (4th Avenue) · Station: 59th Street (4th Avenue) · 8th Avenue · Fort Hamilton Parkway · New Utrecht Avenue · 18th Avenue · 20th Avenue · Bay Parkway (22nd Avenue) · Kings Highway · Avenue U · 86th Street · Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue
R.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 · Lexington Avenue-59th Street · 5th Avenue · 57th Street · 49th Street · 42nd Street-Times Square · 34th Street-Herald Square · 28th Street · 23rd Street · 14th Street-Union Square · 8th Street · Prince Street · Canal Street · City Hall · Cortlandt Street-World Trade Center · Rector Street · Whitehall Street · Court Street · Jay Street-Metrotech · DeKalb Avenue · Pacific Street · Union Street · 9th Street · Prospect Avenue · 25th Street · 36th Street · 45th Street · 53rd Street · 59th Street · Bay Ridge Avenue · 77th Street · 86th Street · 95th Street-Fort Hamilton
Q.GIF Ditmars Boulevard · Astoria Boulevard-Hoyt Avenue · 30th Avenue-Grand Avenue · Broadway · 36th Avenue-Washington Avenue · 39th Avenue-Beebe Avenue · Queensborough Plaza · Lexington Avenue-59th Street · 5th Avenue · 57th Street · 42nd Street-Times Square · 34th Street-Herald Square · 14th Street-Union Square · Canal Street · DeKalb Avenue · Atlantic Avenue · 7th Avenue · Prospect Park · Parkside Avenue · Church Avenue · Beverley Road · Cortelyou Road · Newkirk Plaza · Avenue H · Avenue J · Avenue M · Kings Highway · Avenue U · Neck Road · Sheepshead Bay · Brighton Beach · Ocean Parkway · West 8th Street · Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue
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


Contents

Overview

Opened: 4/14/1918

34th Street/Herald Square is a massive complex serving the IND 6th Avenue, the BMT Broadway, and the PATH line from New Jersey. As one might expect, this is the third busiest station complex in the system.

A textual description of the layout of this station is not easy. The Broadway and 6th Avenue subways cross in an "X" pattern following their respective streets, with the midpoint of the "X" at about 32nd Street. The 6th Avenue line, built later, passes underneath the Broadway line and the elevation of the tracks shows it; the 6th Avenue line tracks dip way down in the middle of its station, with the ends higher. From the top down, at the south end, the layout is roughly as follows: BMT mezzanine; BMT tracks; PATH station and tracks; 6th Avenue mezzanine; 6th Avenue tracks. Underneath all of this at a much lower level are the Long Island Rail Road tunnels from Queens to Pennsylvania Station. As the PATH predates the subway by about 32 years, its tracks are closer to the surface of 6th Avenue, with the subway tracks underneath. (Actually, the layout is more complex than that, see the descriptions of 23rd St./6th Ave. and 14th St./6th Ave. for more details.)

Discontiguous mezzanines exist at both the north and south end of this complex, providing a transfer at both ends. At the north end there is a single mezzanine with stairs and elevators to the Broadway platforms on the west and the 6th Avenue platforms on the east. At the south end, the 6th Avenue and Broadway mezzanines are connected inside the fare-paid area by stairs. The mezzanines are also connected outside the fare-paid area as well, and it is this area that provides access to the PATH station. A long passageway from one end of the complex to another connects the PATH mezzanine at the south with the "shared" mezzanine at the north. (Phew!)

There are numerous exits and passageways including a direct entrance to the shopping center that has variously been known as Gimbels, A&S Plaza, and Manhattan Mall. The station has exits from 30th St. at the south end, to 35th St. at the north end, and various others in between. Until the mid-1980s a passageway was available to connect, outside the fare control, to the IRT 7th Ave./West Side line and to Penn Station and the commuter railroads there, but this was closed citing security concerns and the lack of desire of the private property owner to maintain it.

Prior to a 1990s renovation effort, this was a dungeon of a station complex. The lighting was miserably faint, signs all mixed up, stairs dark and tricky. The renovations have improved all aspects of the station, although little of the original IND or BMT decor was kept. The combined stations are blended into a unified scheme of decor. The 6th Avenue station received new "34" monogram tablets installed along the trackside walls (these are not mosaics). The tile is white with two rows of bright red accents. The BMT station retained its "Dual Contracts"-style "34" mosaic monograms.

Some relative depths of stations in the 34th St./6th Ave. complex are as follows, +/- 10 feet.

  • IND Platforms, 40 feet below street
  • BMT Platforms, 20 feet below street
  • Path Platforms, 30 feet below street

Artwork

REACH New York, An Urban Musical Instrument, Christopher Janney (1996). Located about mid-way on each BMT Broadway Line platform.

Radiant Site, Michele Oka Doner (1991). In the transfer mezzanine at the north end of the station.

Yab-Yum, David Provan (1992). Hanging over the northbound platform/trackway of the IND 6th Avenue station.

Halo, Nicholas Pearson (1991). In the mezzanine at the south end of the IND 6th Avenue station (near PATH).

Photo Gallery - BMT Broadway Station


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Photo by: Roberto C. Tobar
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Artwork: REACH New York, An Urban Musical Instrument (Christopher Janney)

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Photo Gallery IND 6th Avenue Station


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Photo by: Erik Calonius, US National Archives
Collection of: Flickr Commons
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