51 Street/IRT Lexington Avenue Line
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The 51 Street Station is a standard dual-contracts local IRT station with the local tracks on an upper level and express tracks down beneath. A probable reason that the 53 Street & Lexington Avenue is so deep to underpin them and has its platform entrances and mezzanine area clearly beneath 53 Street and not Lexington Avenue. The two local side platforms were given early renovations and the former white walls were covered over with brown tiles except where the name tablets and trimline are. It is a busy station and faded peeling yellow step assign decals on the platform where the doors line up are still on both platforms which was a pilot project a few other crowded Lexington Avenue Line Stations received. The stops main entrance and transfer to the IND E and M lines at Lexington Avenue and 53 Street is at the northern end of the station where a passageway leads from the uptown platform connected to the downtown by an underpass with stair/up escalator cases and an elevator at each end for ADA access to the main entrance area beneath 599 Lexington Avenue that has a grand staircase plaza entrance at its northern end near the SE corner of 53 Street and a more simpler entrance staircase and the only street elevator in an alcove of the building at the NE corner of 52 Street and Lexington Avenue. This passageway allows these staircases to be connected outside of fare control as well as inside with a glass fence. There are three different banks of turnstiles with light screaming in from skylights above before we reach 53 Street.

The platforms also have entrances at 51 Street, there original station entrances. The streetstairs were also given the 1980s renovation motif of continuing the brown brick style up to street level and each has a large square post with a green square and then upper white square with either the old blue M logo or the new MTA logo on it. These for each side consist of short wide staircases up to the turnstiles with token booths that lead out to two streetcars for each corner (NW and SW) of Lexington Avenue and 51 Street from the downtown platform. The stairs to the SW corner are in a unique art-deco style. For the uptown side there are also two street stairs on each (NE and SE) corner.
The downtown platform has an additional entrance at its southern end open Monday-Friday 7am to 7pm consisting of a short seven-step staircase up to some unstaffed turnstiles in the basement of another hi-rise, 560 Lexington Avenue. Right after the turnstiles the stairs continue shortly to another intermediate landing for the Terence Cardinal Cooke-Cathedral Library branch of the New York Public Library, one of its smaller branches before they share a staircase to street level in the entrance plaza of this building at the NW corner of 50 Street.
Art For Transit at 51 Street Arts For Transit at 51 Street
Tunnel Vision, 1989
Hand Painted Ceramic Tile
By Nina Yankowitz
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(51n61) The passageway area at the end of the uptown 6 platform with the upper landing from the underpass from the downtown platform and one of the sets of turnstiles to the main large entrance area
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(51n62) The main plaza entrance outside of 599 Lexington Avenue
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(51n63) The basement level of 599 Lexington Avenue and the passageway beneath the building outside of fare control where some of the turnstiles, notice the glass wall, those passengers are utilizing the free transfer
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(51n64) Signage beneath the grand entrance staircase and its white post modern back and the unusual lighted signage
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(51n65) The elevator and staircase to the street to the NE corner of 52 St and Lex
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(51n66) The middle bank of turnstiles beneath 599 Lexington
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(51n67) The stairs/escalator entrance at the NE corner of 52 St and Lex
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(51n68) The main plaza entrance with the Citigroup building in the background as workers take their lunch breaks
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(51n69) One of the street stairs for the uptown platform
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(51n610) Another street stair for the uptown platform
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(51n611) Looking down one of the street stairs with its brown tiling
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(51n612) One of the unusual art-deco style entrances on the SW corner
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(51n613) A close up of Subway in the metalwork of the art-deco style entrance
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(51n614) A rear view of one of the art-deco style street stairs
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(51n615) The downtown entrance in the plaza beneath 560 Lexington Avenue at the NW corner with 50 Street
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(51n616) On the staircase from 50 Street descending beneath the surface
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