57 Street/IND 6 Avenue Line
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57 Street-6 Avenue opened in 1968 as part of the Crystie Street connection to provide the IND with a northern terminal station in the heart of Midtown similarly to 57 Street-7 Avenue for the BMT Broadway Line. A sad fact about the station in terms of subway expansion is that the over 40 year old station out of all 468 subway stations, it is the 7th or 8th newest (depending upon if the new South Ferry Station is considered new or not). An even more ridiculous way to remember this is a plaque in the mezzanine area dedicated in 1979 to the Memory of Col. John T. O'Neill, Chief Engineer and executive officer of the NYCTA from 1970 to 1978 "An inspirational leader with extraordinary technical competence was responsible for design and construction during a period of unparalleled expansion and modernization of the world's largest rapid transit system." No projects were completed during his tenure and two didn't open for 10 or 11 years after his death

The stop has tons of street stairs and a full length mostly outside of fare control mezzanine that still looks straight out of the 1960s with little 57th St written on the tiles of the grey walls of the single island platform that serves the two track line, on the platforms there are two lines of maroon painted tiles but on the mezzanine level these become silvery metallic columns. To reach the mostly outside of fare control mezzanine in the middle there is a single token booth that serves two separate banks of turnstiles into small glass enclosed area where each as two staircases down to the platform. At either end of the platform there are additional entrances that were originally only exit staircases: A single staircase leads up to a High Exit Turnstile and two High Entrance/Exit Turnstiles. Some TVMs are available to avoid the walk down to the token booth. To access this mezzanine there are a total of 8 street stairs, each of a rather unusual type with simple boxy sides of medal and a narrow (maybe three inches along each side) post that says Subway on it to indicate the entrance. All are situated directly on the sidewalk of 6 Avenue. Beginning from the south there is a single street stair on each side of 6 Avenue just south of 56 Street. Continuing north there is one right at the NW corner of 56 Street, two midblock on the east side of the street, and one on the SW corner of 57 Street. The final two street stairs are on each side of 6 Avenue about a third of the way up the block from 57 Street towards 58 Street.

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(57f1) Inside one of the turnstile serviced areas within fare control
15 August, 2008
(57f2) Looking down one of the corridors of the long mezzanine outside of fare control
15 August, 2008
(57f3) At each end of the mezzanine are High Turnstile entrances like these
15 August, 2008
(57f4) Another view down the mezzanine of the corridors of the small glassed in portions within fare control
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(57f5) Looking down the platform at 57 Street as an F train leaves
20 May, 2010
(57f6) 57th Sts on the off white track walls
20 May, 2010
(57f7) Looking up one of the staircases from the platform to High Exit Turnstiles out to the mezzanine
20 May, 2010
(57f8) Two staircases up to one of two sets of turnstiles that face each other
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(57f9) One bank of turnstiles, the other behind with the token booth inbetween
20 May, 2010
(57f10) One of the staircases and the mezzanine beyond
20 May, 2010
(57f11) Another view of the upper mezzanine and a staircase down to the platform
20 May, 2010
(57f12) A now unused Next Train indicator the first 21 years of the station it served as a terminal as well as when the 63 Street line had to be rebuilt due to the track bed having a faulty new design
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(57f13) At one end of the platform is an unused tower
20 May, 2010
(57f14) A staircase up to a set of high turnstiles
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(57f15) Looking down the mezzanine outside of fare control with its little silver columns
20 May, 2010
(57f16) On the mezzanine and a bank of entrance turnstiles
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(57f17) A staircase for one corner of 56 St & 6 Av along the long and wide mezzanine
20 May, 2010
(57f18) The area on the mezzanine between the two banks of turnstiles the token booth in-between
20 May, 2010
(57f19) A staircase to two street stairs located mid block not perfectly labeled
20 May, 2010
(57f20) A plaque to remember Col. John T. O'Neill
20 May, 2010
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