A faded subway sign under the Chrysler Building

The Chrysler Building is one of those iconic city structures with its own subway entrance—like the New York Life building on 23rd Street and the KMart (formerly Wanamaker’s) at Astor Place.


Which means that once you get off the 4, 5, or 6 train at Lexington Avenue and 42nd Street, you can follow a passageway that takes you through a basement arcade containing a handful of stores, to a staircase for the lobby.

There’s still a barber shop in that sub-lobby arcade, and a locksmith, and the Lexler Deli (a wonderful hybrid name!). But I’m sorry to say that the efficiently titled Chrysler Beauty Salon is no longer.

It was probably replaced by the Duane Reade down there. . . .

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

9 Responses to “A faded subway sign under the Chrysler Building”

  1. Laura4NYC Says:

    epic! I have to check it out!

  2. Ryan Says:

    Used this passageway everyday on my way to work till my job relocated me to the vastly inferior 51st St 6 stop. I say vastly inferior not because it’s not Grand Central, but because it’s poorly laid out and horrendously overcrowded.

    The shoe shine shop in the Chrysler arcade is the best I’ve found in case anyone is in need of a good shine.

  3. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Good to know. Yes, the 51st Street stop is a weird subterranean collection of passageways that don’t seem laid out very well. I wonder why?

    • Edward Says:

      That connection didn’t exist until the Citicorp Building was constructed in the late ’70s. The IRT/IND are more than one block apart at this station, so they had to do some massive work to build that block-long passage from 53rd Street (IND) to the north end of the Lex Ave IRT local.

  4. BabyDave Says:

    Wonderful, thank you. I will have to check it out.
    (And, Ryan, I could use a shine, so thank you, too.)

  5. visualingual Says:

    Wow, what a relic!

  6. Ryan Says:

    I would imagine 51st is so terrible because to start out with it is an amalgamation of two different transit companies (IRT and IND) that were competitors. The larger factor making matters worse is its private ownership by Boston Properties. Boston has no real incentive to improve anything. Just maintain the status quo and we all grumble but nothing ever changes. Constant escalator breakdowns, leaks, and the faint aroma of pee.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: