50 Street Uptown 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 uptown 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 uptown side is extremely simple with two fare control areas. The main one is situated along the upper level C platform at its rear (with a few stairs up to it) and in the middle of the E platform where the only staircase connects down (with some bare incandescent lamps) to the E platform beneath. The turnstiles lead to a now unstaffed fare control area with the token removed. Exits lead from this exit to within a storefront on the NW corner. It leads up to regular streetstair on the NE corner of 50 Street and 8 Avenue where half way up the staircase a recently reopened passageway beneath 50 Street leads to Broadway and the fare control area of the downtown 1 train there. This means the stop is connected underground to the downtown side of that station but not its opposite platform! In the middle of the upper level C platform and at the northern end of the E platform (there is a sealed closed staircase between the two), there is a secondary exit with a single High Entrance/Exit Turnstile and a High Exit Turnstile and a black sealed indentation in the wall that was once the change/token booth that lead to a single street stair up to the NE corner of 51 Street and 8th Avenue. There is an abandoned exit and entrance at 52 Street: along the platform it is a cream colored partition closing it off but the name tablet at the very northern end of the platform still has an arrow beneath pointing towards it. At street level inside the building on the SW corner is a closed street stair gated off, an older era M beneath a red square hanging onto the side, a sign still visible for the station, with a circle clearly covering the former K. and reading: Entrance Open 4:30am to 10:30pm daily Token required at all times Use Entrance at 50 St when closed. A neighborhood map at street level is also visible pre the 63 Street Line and still having the K, but before Worldwide Plaza opened in 1989. It shows an additional street stair to the NW corner, and more details of the downtown side with more street stairs.
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(50c_uptown1) Looking down the uptown platform
10 June, 2004
(50c_uptown2) The remains and ugly paneling closing off the 52 Street exit
10 June, 2004
(50c_uptown3) One of three entrances at street level this is the only one within a building
6 June, 2009
(50c_uptown4) A conventional street stair
6 June, 2009
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(50c_uptown5) Lots of service change notices beneath a sign pointing towards the subway for St. Clare's Hospital (first renamed St. Vincent Midtown Hospital then closed in 2007) pointing towards entering fare control, it was situated on 9th Avenue.
6 June, 2009
(50c_uptown6) A conventional street stair from 51 Street
6 June, 2009
(50c_uptown7) An abandoned entrance inside a building (I'm sure in bureaucratic limbo) at 52 Street
6 June, 2009
(50c_uptown8) Looking through the gates to the closed entrance at 52 Street, its sign says enter with tokens only (to what was an iron maiden) and the cover-up of the K is obvious as well as the circle C replacing the diamond C when it used to run rush hours only
6 June, 2009
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(50c_uptown9) The very dusty staircase from 52 Street visible through the grates
6 June, 2009
(50c_uptown10) A closed sign on the staircase from 52 Street
6 June, 2009
(50c_uptown11) The historic neighborhood map from between 1985 and 1988
6 June, 2009
(50c_uptown12) The 51 Street entrance
6 June, 2009
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(50c_uptown13) The boarded up black area that was once the change/token booth
6 June, 2009
(50c_uptown14) Looking down the uptown platform one of these boxes was probably a former staircase to the lower level E platform
6 June, 2009
(50c_uptown15) Walking down the platform towards the main 50 Street entrance that no longer has the 24 hour booth
6 June, 2009
(50c_uptown16) A 50th St mosaic with the sign for the defunct St. Clare's Hospital above
6 June, 2009
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