She reportedly managed to avoid severe injuries by laying flat on the track as two subway cars went over her before the train came to a stop.
Judge Keisha Espinal ordered him held without bail after prosecutors said that he had a history of arrests in Illinois, Missouri and Florida states.
Police said that the fire department rescued the woman from under the train.
"What I remember, when I arrived there, I wanted to listen to my Bible, so I put it on this one, and it's the last thing that I remember", Sagbaicela said.
In surveillance footage from the station a homeless man, Aditya Vemulapati, 24, can be seen pacing up and down the platform, singling out Sagbaicela and then violently pushing her onto the tracks with both hands as the train pulled into the station.
The disturbing incident happened around 8:30 a.m. on the northbound platform inside Union Square station on 14th St., NYPD Assistant Chief of Transit Kathleen O'Reilly said at a press conference.
"She fell fortunately for her between the roll bed and rails, and by the grace of God sustained only minor injuries", O'Reilly said. Police are saying Vemulapati is emotionally disturbed.
'From outreach workers, to mobile mental health treatment teams, city workers are in our communities and subways doing this critical work every day, ' she said. Her husband was grateful she was able to return to their Sunset Park apartment, saying she "got a new life today".
The NBC report added that the incident marked the second subway push arrest made on Thursday.
A NY woman who was pushed onto the subway tracks by a mentally ill person said that she can not remember what happened, and thought she had fainted.
Police said Justin Pena attacked the victim after the man refused to give him money.
"We can not be a collection or a location where we just gather folks who are experiencing a mental health crisis", she concluded.
"It's gotta be addressed, and I'm desperate for this mayor or the next to take it on", MTA President Sarah Feinberg said.