Broadway (IND Crosstown Line)

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New York City Subway rapid transit station
Broadway IND IMG 9136.JPG
Station statistics
Address Broadway & Union Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Williamsburg
Coordinates 40°42′20″N 73°57′01″W / 40.705433°N 73.950219°W / 40.705433; -73.950219Coordinates: 40°42′20″N 73°57′01″W / 40.705433°N 73.950219°W / 40.705433; -73.950219
Division B (IND)
Line       IND Crosstown Line
Services       G all times (all times)
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened July 1, 1937; 77 years ago (1937-07-01)
Passengers (2013) 1,071,877[1] Increase 4.9%
Rank 352 out of 421
Station succession
Next north Metropolitan Avenue: G all times
Next south Flushing Avenue: G all times

Broadway is a station on the IND Crosstown Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Broadway and Union Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, it is served at all times by the G train.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Entrances/Exits
M Mezzanine to entrances/exits, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound NYCS G toward Court Square (Metropolitan Avenue)
Southbound NYCS G toward Church Avenue (Flushing Avenue)
Side platform, doors will open on the right


This underground station, opened on July 1, 1937, has two tracks and two side platforms. The platforms have a green trim line on a black border and name tablets reading "BROADWAY" in white sans serif lettering on a black background and green border. The i-beam columns in the entire station are dark blue with alternating ones on the platforms having the standard black station name plate in white lettering.

Small station signs underneath the trim line read "BROADWAY" in white lettering on a black background. One of the icon tiles on the northbound platform is incorrectly spelled as "BRODAWAY." After the Daily News made a story about this in February 2009,[2][3] the two wrong letters were covered with the correct ones printed on stickers, but as of December 2009, the stickers have been removed.

The station has a small mezzanine above the platforms and tracks at the south end with two staircases to each side and allows a free transfer between directions. It had a northern half, but it has been sealed up and currently holds offices and storage space.[4] A turnstile bank provides entrance/exit from the station. Outside fare control, there is a token booth and three street stairs, one to the southwest corner of Broadway and Heyward Street and two to either eastern corners of Broadway and Union Avenue.

The BMT Jamaica Line is directly above the staircases to this station with Lorimer Street and Hewes Street lying to the east and west, respectively. There is no permanent free transfer between either of those stations and this one, though one will be temporarily created between Lorimer Street and this station starting in summer 2014, due to the closure of the IND Crosstown Line under the Newtown Creek for tunnel repairs.[5]

South Fourth Street provisional station[edit]

The north end of Broadway has been sealed up with false walls and is used as storage. This northern third of the platform level area consists of closed transfer passages that are sealed behind doors and fences. These passages lead to the South Fourth Street station shell on the upper level. The shell was built as part of a planned expansion of the Independent Subway System.[6]

South Fourth Street was to be the main transfer point from the proposed Worth Street and Houston Street Lines coming from Manhattan with the Crosstown Line. These lines would have become two major trunk lines going east. One line would have gone towards the proposed Utica Avenue Line and the other line towards the Myrtle Avenue – Central Avenue Line to the Rockaways.

The station is a semi-complete shell with four island platforms and six track beds, having the same layout as Hoyt–Schermerhorn Streets station. No rails, tiles, lights, or stairs were built.[7]

In 2010, dozens of street artists created murals on the walls of the abandoned station, after which the MTA sealed up once-available entrances to the station shell.[8][9]

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  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  2. ^ Belenkaya, Veronika; Donohue, Pete (2009-02-10). "MTA spellers way off-off Broadway in Brooklyn". Daily News. Retrieved 2009-06-14. 
  3. ^ "Subway Tile Sign Has Old Misspelling". NY1. 2009-02-10. Retrieved 2009-06-14. 
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  5. ^ Donohue, Pete (May 14, 2014). "MTA will allow free transfers for G train riders to J or M trains at Lorimer St. stop during work on Greenpoint Tube this summer". NY Daily News. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  6. ^ Brennan, Joseph. "IND Second System unfinished stations". Abandoned Stations. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
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  8. ^ Rees, Jasper (2010-10-31). "‘Underbelly Project' Hidden Art Show in Abandoned Subway Station". The New York Times. 
  9. ^ Grynbaum, Michael M. (2010-11-11). "Underbelly Project Visitors at Ghost Subway Station Risk Arrest". The New York Times. 

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