Avenue J (BMT Brighton Line)

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Avenue J
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Avenue J - Manhattan bound platform.JPG
Station statistics
Address Avenue J & East 16th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11230
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Midwood
Coordinates 40°37′31″N 73°57′41″W / 40.625276°N 73.961372°W / 40.625276; -73.961372Coordinates: 40°37′31″N 73°57′41″W / 40.625276°N 73.961372°W / 40.625276; -73.961372
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Brighton Line
Services       Q all times (all times)
Structure Embankment
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened 1908; 106 years ago (1908)
Former/other names Manhattan Terrace
Passengers (2013) 1,867,576[1] Increase 2.9%
Rank 249 out of 421
Station succession
Next north Avenue H: Q all times
Next south Avenue M: Q all times

Avenue J is a local station on the BMT Brighton Line of the New York City Subway, located on Avenue J between East 15th and East 16th Streets in Midwood, Brooklyn. It is served by the Q train at all times.

The station is located on a raised earthen embankment. There are four tracks and two side platforms. The two center tracks are used by the B express train on weekdays.

The station was opened around 1900 as a two-track surface station and named Manhattan Terrace. It was renamed "Avenue J" in 1907, the same year the railroad line was grade separated. Vestiges of the spur built to reconnect the Brighton Line and LIRR's Bay Ridge Branch after grade separation still exist to this day.

The station's main house is located underneath the right-of-way on the south side of Avenue J and has a full-time turnstile bank and token booth. There is a double-wide staircase facing north going up to the Coney Island-bound platform and one narrow staircase facing south going up to the Manhattan-bound platform. The Coney Island-bound staircase's landing has two exit-only turnstiles leading directly to the street.

This station underwent reconstruction from September 2009 to December 2011. Both platforms were rebuilt with new windscreens, canopies, and tacticle strip edges. A temporary platform over the express tracks was used to provide service on the side that was under rebuilding. Both platforms have an unstaffed bank of turnstiles leading to a staircase that goes down to the north side of Avenue J. The Coney Island-bound one is double-wide and provided access to and from the temporary platform during reconstruction.

The 2011 artwork here is called Bird Laid Bare by Rita MacDonald. It consists of murals and mosaics on the walls of the Coney Island-bound platform's main staircase depicting various species of birds.

Station layout[edit]

Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local NYCS Q toward Astoria – Ditmars Boulevard weekdays, 57th Street – Seventh Avenue weekends (Avenue H)
Northbound express NYCS B does not stop here
Southbound express NYCS B does not stop here →
Southbound local NYCS Q toward Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue (Avenue M)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
G Street Level Entrances/Exits
Station house to entrances/exits, station agent, MetroCard vending machines


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-30. 

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