Subway stations with elevators

Posted by Alina on Sunday Aug 30, 2009 Under useful tips

nyc-subway-map1Since many mamas like to/need to get around town by subway, and some fear it because of limited elevator access, I thought I would post a couple of useful links to help you all navigate the NYC subway system with greater confidence.

Here is a link to subway stations in the five boroughs that have elevators from the platform to the street:

In case you worry that the elevator may be out of service, which sometimes happens, here is a link to that information, which the MTA updates regularly:

When I  find myself at a station with no elevator or one that is out of order,  people passing by are usually quite helpful when I need a hand, especially in Manhattan. There are tons of nice New Yorkers out there, sometimes, you just have to ask.

Happy travels!

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Stroller Friendly Subway Stations

Posted by Alina on Friday Apr 10, 2009 Under useful tips

If you have ever traveled with a stroller on the NYC subway, you know that stations with elevator access are a rare find, especially with complete access from the street to the platform. Some stations which do have elevators, like Union Square, provide access from the street to the mezzanine, but not down to the platform, leaving you facing a full staircase with your stroller. Often people are helpful and will lend a hand, but many times they will pass right by. Thus, when there is a new station that opens up, with complete elevator access, moms like me (who take the subway with a stroller almost every day), get very excited!

As part of the $530 million project, the new South Ferry Terminal station has opened on March 16th, 2009.  It is located below the Peter Minuit Plaza in Lower Manhattan, adjacent to Battery Park and the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. The new station has elevator access from the street all the way down to the 1 train platform. There is also a free transfer between the 1 train and the R, W at Whitehall Street station. You can read more about this project on the MTA website.

Another thing that is handy to have in your diaper bag is a print out of the page that Time Out New York Kids has put together, showing subway stops with elevators. Here is a link.

Happy travels!

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