59th Street (BMT Fourth Avenue Line)

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59th Street
NYCS N NYCS R
New York City Subway rapid transit station
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Western street stairs
Station statistics
Address 59th Street & Fourth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11220
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Sunset Park
Coordinates 40°38′27.88″N 74°1′5.45″W / 40.6410778°N 74.0181806°W / 40.6410778; -74.0181806Coordinates: 40°38′27.88″N 74°1′5.45″W / 40.6410778°N 74.0181806°W / 40.6410778; -74.0181806
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Fourth Avenue Line
Services       N all times (all times)
      R all times (all times)
Connection
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened June 22, 1915 (99 years ago) (1915-06-22)
Other entrances/
exits
Fourth Avenue & 60th Street, Fourth Ave & 59th Street
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 3,968,334[1] Increase 3.1%
Rank 120 out of 421
Station succession
Next north 53rd Street (local): N late nights R all except northbound late nights
36th Street (express): N all except late nights R northbound late nights
Next south Bay Ridge Avenue: R all times
Eighth Avenue (Sea Beach local): N all times
Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue (Sea Beach express): no regular service

59th Street is an express station on the BMT Fourth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at 59th Street and Fourth Avenue in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Sunset Park, it is served by the N and R trains at all times.

This is the southernmost four-track express station with two island platforms. The local tracks, used by the R train, continue along Fourth Avenue to Bay Ridge – 95th Street while the express tracks, used by the N train, turn east to become the BMT Sea Beach Line. South of the station are diamond crossovers between both the local and express tracks in both directions, which the N and northbound R both use during late night hours.

The street-level entrance is at the southern end of the station, at 60th Street. There is also an exit at the north end of the station. This station was overhauled in the late 1970s.

Immediately south of the station, one can see tunnel stub headings running straight from the local tracks. They run for about 150 feet and would have been for a line to Staten Island via the Staten Island Tunnel under The Narrows, which was aborted by Mayor Hylan before it was completed.[2] There is a Maintenance of Way shed that was built on the southbound trackway.[3] The northbound trackway is unobstructed, albeit much darker.[4] The northbound trackway ends on a brick wall, with evidence of some sort of space beyond. South of this station, the bridge over the LIRR Bay Ridge Branch has four trackways, with the R train occupying the two western ones. The tracks of the BMT Fourth Avenue Line are under the western half of Fourth Avenue at this point so that two additional tracks could be laid in the future if traffic ever warranted it.

Portions of what was to be two additional tracks for the Fourth Avenue subway south of this station were constructed by the then Brooklyn Edison Company initially for use as circuit breaker chambers.

The Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, a major architectural landmark of Brooklyn, is nearby.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
B Northbound local NYCS R toward Court Street (weekdays), Forest Hills – 71st Avenue (weekends) (53rd Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Northbound express NYCS N toward Astoria – Ditmars Boulevard (36th Street)
NYCS R toward 36th Street (late nights) (Terminus)
Southbound express NYCS N toward Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue (Eighth Avenue)
(No service: Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Southbound local NYCS R toward Bay Ridge – 95th Street (Bay Ridge Avenue)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York: Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  2. ^ Staten Island Rapid Transit; The Essential History, by Irvin Leigh and Paul Matus; Page 9 (The Third Rail Online)
  3. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtHPwSuJwHE&feature=related The Maintenance of Way shed can be seen at the 8:55 mark in the video, just after the train leaves the 59th Street station.
  4. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5SnwVwN0KM The northbound trackway can be seen at the right, at the 5:58 mark into the video, just before the train approaches the 59th Street station.

External links[edit]

Media related to 59th Street (BMT Fourth Avenue Line) at Wikimedia Commons

Northbound platform