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BEST TIPS FOR TAKING STROLLERS NYC SUBWAY WITH KIDS

INSIDE: The Complete Guide to Strollers NYC Subway Entrances and Exits

Getting in and out of New York Subway Stations with a 6-year-old, a 2-year-old toddler, and a stroller can set your PULSE RACINIG.

Wherever and whenever possible, we searched for a subway entrance with an elevator lift or escalator, as carrying Jack in the stroller up and down stairs, while trying to keep an eye on Ned was almost impossible.

A very real challenge for a solo mum family traveller.

Let’s be real.

Travelling with kids is NOT all sunshines and rainbows.

It’s public meltdowns, tantrums, tears at the airport, and hangry-hungry kids too.

Public transport is equal parts friend-and-foe, but when it’s our foe, it’s our number one arch enemy!

That’s why we wrote this complete guide to stroller friendly NYC Subway entrances and exits.

Any help to find the nearest subway or closest subway without stairs is a BIG help around there.

Take a look below for details. 

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THE INSIDE SCOOP: Strollers NYC Subway Entrances and Exits

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When we couldn’t find a stroller-friendly exit in a Manhattan subway in New York , we were forced to use stairs.

My tactic was to wait at the top, and lookout for a friendly fellow (or gal) to give me a hand.

It was rare to be stranded for too long, unless we were the only people around.

That’s when my muscle came in handy, and I did my best ‘Hulk’ impression, carrying the load of Jack AND the stroller, up or down stairs.

Hot tip: The best stroller for NYC subway is a Britax travel stroller. The newer version of our Britax stroller is the Britax B Clever stroller. Read our review here.


Related: The Ultimate Guide of Best Things to do in New York with kids

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Stroller and Wheelchair Accessible Subway Platforms

We found that the best way to find stroller-friendly entrances and exits on the New York subway was to look out for wheelchair accessible signs.

BUT many New York subway stations don’t have wheelchair exits.

So that’s why you need to plan ahead to find your best route.

It really is vital to work out where the closest elevator-accessible station is near to your destination.

Wheelchair accessible subway stations in New York

Click here for the full list of stroller and wheelchair accessible subway stations in New York City, along with

  • Staten Island Railway
  • Long Island Rail Road
  • Metro-North railroads, and
  • access to JFK International Airport, and
  • LaGuardia airport from the city.

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LIST OF NYC SUBWAY STATIONS WITH ELEVATORS, ESCALATORS OR RAMPS 

NYC Subway Elevators in Manhattan

Here’s a liost of the NYC subway stations with elevators. 

14 St:  Access to A, C, E trains (Blue line) and L train
Elevator at northwest corner of 14th Street and Eighth Avenue.

14 St: Union Square: Access to L train; N, Q, R, and W trains (Blue line)  Note: 4,5,6 trains not accessible
Elevator at northeast corner of 14th Street and Park Avenue South (Union Square East).

23 St: Access to 6 train
Elevator on northeast corner of 23rd Street and Park Avenue South (uptown) and northwest corner of 23rd Street and Park Avenue South (downtown).

34 St-Herald Square: Access to D, F, M trains (Orange line) and N, Q, R, W trains (Yellow line)
Elevator at Herald Center building on west side of Broadway south of 34th Street.

34 St-Penn Station: Access to 1,2,3 trains (Red line)
Elevator on south side of 34th Street west of Seventh Avenue at LIRR entrance.

34 St-Penn Station: Access to A,C,E trains (Blue line)
Elevator at southeast corner of 34th Street and Eighth Avenue to uptown local C and E platform level.

  • For other service, after paying fare use elevator # 226 to mezzanine level and take elevator # 227 for uptown and downtown A service or elevator # 228 for downtown C and E service.

34 St-Hudson Yards: Access to 7 train (Purple line)
Elevator on southwest corner of 34th Street and 10th Avenue in the park next to the main entrance. From upper mezzanine take either of two inclined elevators to the lower mezzanine then follow the accessible path to the elevator from lower mezzanine to the platform level

42 St-Port Authority Bus Terminal: Access to A, C, E trains (Blue line)
Elevator inside north wing of bus terminal (Eighth Avenue between 41st Street and 42nd Street) near airport bus ticket office.

  • Note: Passageway to Times-Sq-42 St subway station is stair-free but contains ramps.
  • Elevator also at southwest corner of 44th Street and 8th Avenue. Take EL 291X elevator to intermediate mezzanine, then use lift down to the main mezzanine level. After paying fare, go down corridor and use ramp to access platform level.

47-50 Sts-Rockefeller Center: Access to B, D, F, M trains (Orange line)
Elevator at the northwest corner of 6th Avenue and 49 Street.

49 St: Access to N, Q, R trains (Orange line) & W train northbound only (Orange line)
Elevator at northeast corner of 49th Street and Seventh Avenue. Elevator operates automatically between 7 AM and 12 AM. Push button to right of elevator for access at other times.

50 St: Access to C and E trains  (accessible southbound only)
Elevator on north side of 49th Street west of Eighth Avenue.

51 St: Access to 6 train (Green line)
Elevator at northeast corner of 52nd Street and Lexington Avenue. Note: Passageway to Lexington Av-53 St subway station is accessible.

59 St-Columbus Circle – Access to A, C trains (Blue line); B, D trains (Orange line) and the 1 train (red line) 
Elevator on northwest corner of Columbus Circle and Central Park West and on southwest corner of Eighth Av and Columbus Circle.

  • Use Central Park West elevator for easiest A, B, C, and D uptown service. Take elevator #280 at northwest corner of Columbus Circle and Central Park West to mezzanine level, then take elevator #279 to platform level.
  • For A, B, C, D downtown/Brooklyn-bound service, take elevator #276X at southwest corner of 8 Av and Columbus Circle to 1 train (red line) uptown service, then take elevator #280 to mezzanine level.
  • For 1 train (red line) downtown service take elevator #276X to mezzanine level, then take elevator #277 up to platform level.
  • Note: Both street level elevators (# 280 and # 276X) can be used to access train lines. The ramp near booth N51 is not accessible; please use elevator.

66 St- Lincoln Center: Access to 1 train (Red line) 
Elevators on southwest corner of 66th Street and Broadway (downtown) and southeast corner of 66th Street and Broadway (uptown).

72 St: Access to 1,2,3 trains (Red line) 
Elevators inside station house on north side of 72nd Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

72 St: Access to Q train (Yellow line) 
Elevator on southeast corner of 72nd Street and 2nd Avenue.

86 St: Access to Q train (Yellow line)
Elevator on southeast corner of 86th Street and 2nd Avenue.

96 St: Access to 1,2,3 trains (Red line) 
Elevators inside station house on Broadway; entrances on south side of 96th Street and north side of 95th Street.

96 St: Access to Q train (Yellow line) 
Elevator on west side of 2nd Avenue between 95th and 96th Streets.

125 St: Access to 4,5,6 trains (Green line) 
Elevator at northeast corner of 125th Street and Lexington Avenue.

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125 St: Access to A, C trains (Blue line) and B,D (Orange line) 
Elevator on southwest corner of 125 Street and Saint Nicholas Avenue.

135 St: Access to 2, 3 trains (Red line) 
Elevator for northbound service at northeast corner of 135 Street and Lenox Avenue; elevator for southbound service at southwest corner.

168 St: Access to A, C trains (Blue line). 1 Train (Red line) not accessible.
Elevator at southeast corner of 168 Street and St. Nicholas Avenue.

175 St: Access to A train (Blue line) 
Elevator at northeast corner of 177th Street and Fort Washington Avenue.

Bowling Green: Access to 4, 5 trains (Green line)
Elevator at northeast corner of Broadway and Battery Place.

Broadway-Lafayette St/Bleecker St: Access to 6 train (Green line), B, D, F, and M trains (Orange line)
Elevator on north side of Houston Street between Lafayette and Crosby Streets.

Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall: Access to 4,5 and 6 trains (Green line) 
Elevator east of City Hall near Chambers Street and Centre Street.

Canal St: Access to 6 train (Green line) 
Elevators at northeast corner (for northbound service) of Canal Street and Lafayette Street.

  • *Effective 9 PM Mon, Apr 16, 2018: There is no elevator service to/from uptown platform through May 2018 due to Sandy Recovery Work.  

Chambers St: Access to 1,2 and 3 trains (Red line)
Elevator at northwest corner of Hudson and Chambers Streets.

Cortlandt St: Access to R train (Yellow line) 

Elevator on the southwest and northeast corners of Dey Street and Broadway. Elevator also inside Port Authority building (33 Vesey Street) at southwest corner of Church and Vesey Streets.

  • Take elevator to mezzanine level for passageway to E platform then use passageway to southbound R platform. Take elevator #El-726X on southbound platform to concourse level where you can access elevator #EL-727X to northbound R platform.

Dyckman St: Access to 1 train (Red line) – southbound only
Elevator at southwest corner of Hillside Avenue and St. Nicholas Avenue/Ft. George Hill.

Fulton St: Access to A, C trains (Blue line); J, Z trains (Brown line), R train (Yellow line), 2, 3 trains (Red line) and 4,5 trains (Green line) 
Elevator on the northeast and southwest corners of Dey Street and Broadway.

Grand Central-42 St: Access to 4,5 & 6 trains (Green line) and 7 train (Purple train) 
Elevator to mezzanine inside main entrance, immediately to right of Grand Central Terminal (East 42nd Street between Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue).

  • For 4,5, and 6 trains, turn left after paying fare. At wall, elevator to downtown platform is to the left; elevator to uptown platform is to the right.
  • For 7 train, go diagonally across mezzanine after paying fare to elevator # 224 (adjacent to exit for Chanin Building) for uptown and downtown 7 platform.

Inwood-207 St: Access to A train (Blue line)
Elevator at southwest corner of Broadway and 207th Street.

Lexington Av/53rd St: Access to E train (Blue line) and M train (Orange line) 
Elevator at northeast corner of 52nd Street and Lexington Avenue. Take passageway to elevator for platform.

Lexington Av/63 St: Access to F train (Orange line)
Elevator on north side of 63 Street west of Lexington Avenue.

Roosevelt Island: Access to F train (Orange line)
Elevators at street level.

Times Square-42 St: Access to N, Q, R , W trains (Yellow line); 1,2, and 3 trains (Red line) and 7 train (Purple line). S train is NOT accessible by elevator. 
Elevator at southeast corner of Seventh Avenue and 42nd Street.

  • Note: Passageway to A, C, E trains and N trains, and Port Authority Bus Terminal is not wheelchair accessible.

West 4 St: Access to A, C, E trains (Blue line) and B, C, F, M trains (Orange line) 
Elevator at northeast corner of West 3rd Street and Sixth Avenue. Take elevator to mezzanine level; use northbound or southbound passageway for A, C, and E platforms.
Use elevators on A, C and E platforms to go to lower platforms and B, D, F, M service.

World Trade Center: Access to E train (Blue line)
Elevator inside Port Authority building (33 Vesey Street) at southwest corner of Church and Vesey Streets.

  • Take elevator to mezzanine level for passageway to E platform. The E platform can also be accessed via street elevators at southwest and northeast corners of Dey Street and Broadway.
  • Take elevator to Concourse/ R level for passageway to downtown R platform level. Passageway to E platform is at same/north end of downtown R platform.

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Yankee Stadium & Other Bronx Subway Stations with Elevators

Want to visit Yankee Stadium for a game? Here’s the details for the NYC Subway Entrances and Exits here.

161 St-Yankee Stadium: Access to B, D trains (Orange line) and 4 train (Green line) 

Elevator at northeast corner of 161st Street and River Avenue.

  • Take elevator to mezzanine. For B, D (IND) service take elevator # 134 (adjacent to elevator # 131) to downtown platform; take elevator # 135 (across mezzanine, at right) to uptown platform.
  • For 4 train (IRT) service, pay fare, use up ramp to elevator # 132; take elevator to second mezzanine and uptown platform.
  • For downtown 4 train (IRT) service, turn right at second mezzanine; take down ramp to elevator # 133.

Click here for other  Bronx Subway Stations with Elevators

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NYC Subway Entrances and Exits in Brooklyn

If you are heading to Brooklyn with kids, you’ll need a list of Brooklyn Subway Stations with elevators and escalators too. Brooklyn is a must-do when visiting New York with kids.

Pop Brooklyn Bridge Park (a bucketload of things to do),  Prospect Park (the Vanderbilt playground is cool, and so is the Imagination Playground), and the Brooklyn Children’s Museum on your New York City family vacation itinerary.

Popular stops include:

Borough Hall: Access to 2,3 trains (Red line) in both directions. Access to 4 & 5 trains (Green line) northbound only 0- access from 2 & 3 train platform 
Elevator in front of Supreme Court Building at Court Street and Montague Street.

Coney Island-Stillwell Ave: Access to D, F trains (Orange line) and N, Q trains (Yellow line) 
Main entrance is on Mermaid Avenue. Ramp to turnstile level mezzanine located at far right of street level concourse.

  • The F, N, and Q platforms are accessible by ramp from turnstile level.
  • The D platform is accessible via N platform. For D service, take N ramp to N elevator. Take N elevator to overpass and take D elevator to D platform.
  • Entrances at Surf Avenue and Stillwell Avenue are also wheelchair accessible by ramp.
  • Ramp on D platform is not wheelchair accessible, use elevator.

Prospect Park: Access to B train (Orange line), Q train (Yellow line) and S train 
Entrance ramp on Lincoln Road between Flatbush Avenue and Ocean Avenue. After paying fare, take ramp to elevator for Manhattan-bound platform or ramp to elevator for Brighton Beach-bound platform.

S train to Franklin Avenue stops at Manhattan-bound platform.

Click here for other Brooklyn Subway Stations with Elevators

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NYC Subway Entrances and Exits in Queens

Yes, there are Queens Subway Stations with Elevators too.

If you are heading to Queens for an adventure to visit the Queens Zoo, the Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the Museum of the Moving Image, or the New York Hall of Science, or Forest Park with kids, you’ll need information on Queens subway stations too.

Click here for Queens Subway Stations with Elevators

Before you Go – Check the Elevator Status on the New York City Subway

Click here to check that the elevator or escalator at the subway station you are heading to is working.

Always check service notices, and the latest subway map available here and posted in all stations and available free at fare booths.

Wheelchair AutoGates at NYC Subway Entrance and Exits

Many NYC subway entrances and exits in Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn are equipped with AutoGate.

Autogate is an automatic entry and exit gate for customers who have disabilities and can’t walk well, or who are accompanied by a service animal, or who use wheelchairs to enter and exit the subway system.

You need a Reduced-Fare AutoGate MetroCard to enter or exit the subway system through the AutoGate.

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