Houston Street-Second Avenue is a station on the IND Second Avenue and Sixth Avenue Lines of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Second Avenue and Houston Street on the border between the East Village and the Lower East Side, in Manhattan. It is served by the F, T, and U trains at all times and the Y train during weekdays.
|G||Street Level||Exit/ Entrance|
|M||Mezzanine||Fare control, station agent (Elevator on northeast corner of Houston Street and Second Avenue)|
Sixth Avenue Platforms
|Northbound local||← F toward Jamaica–179th Street (Broadway–Lafayette Street)|
|Island platform, doors will open on the left; accessable|
|Termination track||← No regular service|
|Island platform, doors will open on the left|
|Southbound local||→ F toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (Delancey Street)|
Second Avenue Local Platforms
|←U toward Throgs Neck (St Marks Place)|
←Y toward Jamaica–179th Street (St Marks Place)
←T toward Broadway-125th Street (St Marks Place) (late nights only)
|→U toward Broad Street (Grand Street)|
→Y toward Whitehall Street (Grand Street)
→T toward Rockaway Park (Grand Street) (late nights only)
Second Avenue Express Platforms
|← T toward Rockaway Park (14th Street)|
|→ T toward Rockaway Park (Grand Street)|
IND Sixth Avenue LineEdit
Second Avenue has two island platforms and four tracks. All trains run on the outer tracks, while the inner tracks are currently unused. When the station opened, all four Sixth Avenue tracks ran continuously from West Fourth Street through Second Avenue. During the construction of the Chrystie Street Connection in the 1950s and 1960s, the center express tracks at Broadway–Lafayette Street were severed from the tracks at Second Avenue and rerouted to the Chrystie Street subway, running through Grand Street station to the north side of the Manhattan Bridge.
West (railroad north) of the station, the inner tracks are connected by a diamond crossover before merging with the outer local tracks; this allows the station to be used as a terminal for southbound trains. East (railroad south) of the station, the local tracks continue along Houston Street before curving south into Essex Street and continuing through Delancey Street station.
The wall tiling is purple with dark purple border and lacks name tablets; the columns are concrete, and there are especially large columns with built-in benches at the centers of the platforms. Despite the station's name, the exit and mezzanine at Second Avenue is only open part-time. The full-time booth is located at the First Avenue mezzanine.
The station opened on January 1, 1936, as part of the portion of the Sixth Avenue Line between West Fourth Street–Washington Square and East Broadway.
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 Houston Street station, like many other Second Avenue Subway stations, are 27.8 feet (8.5 m) wide.
The station was scheduled to be completed by May 16, 1989, but the completion date was pushed back to October 29th, 1989.
Entrances, exits, and ancillary buildingsEdit
All entrances/exits are single-wide street stairs serving both platforms via the mezzanine, except for one elevators on the northeast corner of Houston Street and Second Avenue.
- NW corner of Houston Street and Second Avenue
- SW corner of Houston Street and Chrystie Street
- NW corner of Houston Street and First Avenue
- SW corner of Houston Street and Allen Street