50 Street Downtown Side/IND 8 Avenue Subway
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The two directions of 50 Street have such different complicated designs and there is no free transfer between directions (the street is the only way to change directions) so each side deserves its own section. The E train is located on a lower level before the C train with the A's express tracks between them and the two levels are staggered. It is though the last stop where the C and E diverge from each other so automated announcements say "Transfer is available to the downtown C train." Both platforms have simple walls with blue background 50th St. name tablets and a no trimline just a line of 50s where the trimline should be.

The downtown main entrances to the downtown side were extensively modified by the opening of Worldwide Plaza, an office tower in 1989, and it provided amenities like ADA access to both the upper and lower platforms. Starting from the south there are two conventional street stairs on near the SW corner of 49 Street and 8 Avenue. This leads to an underground passageway where there are two high exit turnstiles up from a staircase from the E train (splitting into two before the platform) that also connect to a separate passageway within fare control before both of these lead to the main bank of turnstiles where to the south there is a staircase and the E platform elevator and to the north is a staircase/up escalator from the E platform. This is the ADA entrance and a ramp leads the few steps down to the C upper level platform at its extreme southern end. Just south of this fare control area the street elevator and a staircase lead down from Worldwide Plaza on 49 Street near the NW corner. Outside of fare control there is next a staircase/up escalator inside Worldwide Plaza to the SW corner of 50 Street, followed by two more High Exit Turnstiles that connect to a few steps down to the upper level C train platform and a staircase down to the E platform in what was once the original fare control area. All at the southern end of the C platform There is a final entrance via a staircase inside the existing building on the NW corner of 50 Street and 8 Avenue. The upper level C platform marked by a plywooded off area on both the upper and lower level platforms (there was once a staircase down to the extreme northern end of the E platform) used to lead to an abandoned exit to the on the SW corner of 51 Street. At the extreme northern end with one name tablet remaining with 52 written in an arrow beneath, this used to lead to exits at both the SW and NW corners (these are all based on the neighborhood map in the abandoned in-building entrance to the uptown side at the SE corner of 52nd and 8th). There are lots of name tablets, particularly on the upper level platform with either signage or paint blocking out their former exit arrows.
Art For Transit at Prospect Park style= Arts For Transit at 50 Street
Untitled, 1989
Etched Granite Mural
By Matt Mullican
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(50c_downtown1) Looking down the upper level platform by closed exit to 51 Street
13 May, 2007
(50c_downtown2) Another view of the upper level with the blacked off exit to 51 Street
13 May, 2007
(50c_downtown3) Approaching the southern end of the upper level platform where the exit is, stair or ramp?
13 May, 2007
(50c_downtown4) The differences in the railings of the three steps up to fare control
13 May, 2007
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(50c_downtown5) Inside the basement of Worldwide Plaza with the combined staircase and escalator up from the lower level E platform
13 May, 2007
(50c_downtown6) R44 #5220 and an A train running local stops
6 August, 2009
(50c_downtown7) A 50 St name tablet with the arrow beneath for the now closed exit to 52 St
6 August, 2009
(50c_downtown8) Looking down the upper level platform
6 August, 2009
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(50c_downtown9) The small section of black plywood where the 51 Street exit once was
6 August, 2009
(50c_downtown10) The exit and ramp is at the very southern end of the upper level platform
6 August, 2009
(50c_downtown11) One staircase down to the lower level
6 August, 2009
(50c_downtown12) 50s in the track walls of the E platform, they are divided
6 August, 2009
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(50c_downtown13) Another view down the lower level E platform
6 August, 2009
(50c_downtown14) At the northern end of the E platform the tracks get closer together and the opposite platform visible
6 August, 2009
(50c_downtown15) Plywood at the northern end of the E platform where another staircase to the upper level once was
6 August, 2009
(50c_downtown16) A name tablet at 50th St with a modern exit sign covering an arrow for a now non-existent sign
6 August, 2009
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