First Avenue is a station on the BMT Canarsie Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of First Avenue and East 14th Street at the border of Gramercy, Stuyvesant Town, and East Village in Manhattan, it is served by the L train at all times.Station layoutThis station opened on June 30, 1924, as part of the 14th Street–Eastern Line, which ran from Sixth Avenue under the East River and through Williamsburg to Montrose Avenue and Bushwick Avenues.This is the easternmost Canarsie Line station in Manhattan. East of here, the line travels under the East River to Williamsburg, Brooklyn.This station has two side platforms and two tracks. The platforms are columnless and have the standard BMT style trim-line and name tablets. The former contains "1" tablets in standard intervals while the latter consists of "FIRST AVE" in Times New Roman font.In September 1983 this station was the site of a New York City Transit Police arrest of a black vandal, Michael Stewart, who was writing graffiti on the station wall, and who later died in police custody. Six of the police officers involved, all of them white, were acquitted by an all-white jury.
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