3rd Avenue-14th Street is a station complex on the BMT Canarsie line and IND Second Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located along 14th Street between Third and Second Avenue on the East Side, it serves the L, T and U train at all times and the Y train during weekdays. The Canarsie station opened in June 1924, while the complex and Second Avenue station opened in October 1989.
The T serves 14th Street as an express on the lower level. During late nights, the T uses the upper level, running on the local tracks.
|Fare control, station agent, MetroCard vending machines||Staircases and elevators to platforms|
(Elevators on southeast corner of 14th Street and Second Avenue and northwest corner of 15th Street and Second Avenue)
BMT Canarsie Level
|Westbound||←L toward 8th Avenue (14th Street-Union Square)|
|Eastbound||→L toward Canarsie (1st Avenue)|
IND Second Avenue Upper Level
|←U toward Throgs Neck (23rd Street)|
←Y toward Jamaica–179th Street (23rd Street)
←T toward Broadway-125th Street (23rd Street) (late nights only)
|→U toward Broad Street (St Marks Place)|
→Y toward Whitehall Street (St Marks Place)
→T toward Rockaway Park (St Marks Place) (late nights only)
IND Second Avenue Lower Level
|← T toward Rockaway Park (42nd Street)|
|→ T toward Rockaway Park (Houston Street)|
BMT Canarsie LineEdit
This station opened on June 30, 1924, as part of the 14th Street–Eastern Line, which ran from Sixth Avenue under the East River and through Williamsburg to Montrose Avenue and Bushwick Avenues.
This station has two side platforms and two tracks. West of the station there is a double crossover. The platforms are column-less and have the standard BMT style trim-line and name tablets. The former contains "3" tablets in standard intervals while the latter consists of "THIRD AVE" in Times New Roman font.
There are also directions signs to the station's only entrances/exits saying "TO STREET" in the same style as the name tablets. Each platform has its own same-level fare control at the extreme west (railroad north) end. This station is identical to the next one east (railroad south), First Avenue except that the fare control areas there are at a small mezzanine above the platforms.
IND Second Avenue LineEdit
This station has been built more wide open than most other underground stations in the system; its architecture, along with other Second Avenue Subway stations, was compared to a Washington Metro station by Dr. Michael Horodniceanu, President of MTA Capital Construction. The platforms for the 42nd Street station, like many other Second Avenue Subway stations, are 27.8 feet (8.5 m) wide.
Entrances, exits, and ancillary buildingsEdit
On Third Avenue, each platform-level fare control area has a bank of turnstiles, token booth, and two street stairs apiece—one to the east side of Third Avenue and East 14th Street, the other to East 14th Street just east of Third Avenue. The stairs on the Eighth Avenue-bound side lead to the northeast corner while the ones on the Brooklyn-bound side lead to the southeast corner.
On Second Avenue, there are 3 entrances and exits and 3 elevators. 2 escalators run on the northeast corner of Second Avenue and 14th Street as well a staircase and an escalator on the northwest corner of Second Avenue and 15th Street. Elevators run on the southeast corner of Second Avenue and 14th Street, on the northeast corner of Second Avenue and 15th Street, and the southeast corner of Second Avenue and 17th Street.