96 Street is an original opening day on the IRT station with two fairly narrow island platforms for the four-track line and an unusual design for the station exits. The original exit is at what is now towards the northern end of the platforms, two staircases lead down from each platform to a narrow underpass that leads up to what were originally two different side platforms along each of the local tracks. On these short side, exit platforms there are two separate banks of turnstiles and token booths with single street stairs from each to the SE and SW corners of 96th Street and Broadway. The side platforms have their original name tablets and terra-cotta wall sculptures. The station was extended south to become ten cars and a new exit was created at the platforms southern ends. This consists of a single staircase up from the very southern end of the platforms to a small mezzanine area where there are turnstiles and two sets of two street stairs to eitherside of Broadway mid block between 94th and 93rd Street. This platform extension rendered the station at 91 Street obsolete, which is now abandoned, it closed in February 1959. The southern end of the station has 1950s era small 96 lettering along the platform walls and text for trains direction in that format.
April 5, 2010: Major reconstruction of the station is almost finished, today the main feature opened, a large headhouse, taking up almost the entire median (and the entire median including the entryways) opened. This headhouse drastically simplifies movement into the station. It has entry doors at either end inside from the sidewalks of 96 and 95 Street. These both lead to separate banks of turnstiles at either end of the headhouse, with the full time token booth at the 96 Street ends. To access the platforms from either entrance are an elevator down to each (making the station ADA compliant) and staircases. The side platforms are being turned into crew quarters with the historic terra-cotta reliefs being moved to the outside of these new rooms facing the platforms. The rest of the platforms have been retiled in an attempted replica format, that does not look authentic at all, this includes the walls of the small southern mezzanine entrance between 94th and 95th Streets.
Old Station Banner