168th Street (formerly Washington Heights – 168th Street), is an underground station complex on the New York City Subway shared by the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line and IND Eighth Avenue Line. It is located at the intersection of 168th Street and Broadway in Washington Heights, Manhattan and served by the:
- 1 and A trains at all times
- C train at all times except late nights
The IRT portion of the station is very deep and requires the use of elevators to reach fare control, which is on a full length mezzanine above the higher IND portion. Elevators connecting the IND platforms and tracks to the mezzanine and the mezzanine to the street make that portion handicapped-accessible. The IRT section is not ADA accessible since the platforms have no elevators (reaching the elevators to fare control requires climbing short staircases).
Nearby points of interest include the New York
-Presbyterian Hospital, Hudson
River waterfront parks, and remnants of the Audubon Ballroom
. In 2005 the station was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line platforms
168th Street on the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line, opened on March 16, 1906, has two tracks and two side platforms. This deep station has a high arched tiled ceiling and white globe lights on ornate fixtures hanging from the walls and ceiling on the north half. The south half, where the platforms were extended in the 1950s, has a much lower ceiling and large marble columns with alternating ones having the standard black station name plates in white lettering, but the name tablets and trim line are the same as those on the north half of the station. There is a closed stairway on the extreme northern end of the northbound platform leading to an unknown location.