Crown Heights – Utica Avenue (IRT Eastern Parkway Line)
|Address||Utica Avenue & Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11213
|Line||IRT Eastern Parkway Line|
|Services||2 (special rush hour trips)
3 (all except late nights)
4 (all times)
5 (special rush hour trips)
|Connection||NYCT Bus: B14, B17, B46|
|Platforms||2 island platforms (1 on each level)
|Tracks||4 (2 on each level)|
|Opened||August 23, 1920|
|Passengers (2013)||8,534,705 0.8%|
|Rank||41 out of 421|
|Next north||Kingston Avenue (local): 2 3 4
Franklin Avenue (express): 4 5
|Next south||Sutter Avenue – Rutland Road: 2 3 4 5
(Terminal): 4 5
|Next north||Atlantic Avenue – Barclays Center: 2 3 4 5|
|Next south||none: 2 3 4 5|
Crown Heights – Utica Avenue is an express station on the IRT Eastern Parkway Line of the New York City Subway. Located under Eastern Parkway near Utica Avenue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, it is served by the 4 train at all times and the 3 train at all times except late nights. There is also sporadic 2 and 5 service during rush hours.
Despite its name, this station has no exit to the corner of Utica Avenue and Eastern Parkway. It is actually located between Schenectady and Utica Avenues and the two exits lead to the middle of the blocks, some number of feet from the actual cross street.
The station's two exits are located at either end. The one on the west (railroad north) is staffed weekdays only and accessed via a wide staircase in place of the end wall of the New Lots Avenue-bound platform. This staircase leads up to a small mezzanine where there is a token booth and turnstiles. When the booth and turnstile bank are closed, three HEET turnstiles and one exit-only turnstile provide access to/from the entrance. The two street staircases lead out to the two malls on either side of the main road of Eastern Parkway on the west side of Schenectady Avenue.
The station's full-time exit is at the east end (railroad south) of the platforms. Two narrow staircases and one elevator connect both platforms to a small upper level mezzanine that has two public restrooms (one for men and the other for women) and leads to a bank of turnstiles. The two street stairs here lead to either mall of Eastern Parkway west of Utica Avenue. Another elevator from the south mall leads to fare control.
|G||Street Level||Exit/ Entrance|
(Elevator at NW corner of Utica Avenue and Eastern Parkway, in Eastern Parkway median)
|B2||Southbound express||→ alighting passengers only (all times except nights) →|
|Island platform, doors will open on the left, right|
|Southbound local||→ ( late nights) toward New Lots Avenue (Sutter Avenue – Rutland Road) →|
|B3||Northbound express||← toward Woodlawn (Franklin Avenue)|
|Island platform, doors will open on the left, right|
|Northbound local||← toward Harlem – 148th Street ( toward Woodlawn late nights) (Kingston Avenue)|
This is the easternmost underground and four-track subway station on the Eastern Parkway Line; to the east (railroad south), the line rises and becomes the IRT New Lots Line. The station serves local and express trains in a two-level layout with two island platforms. The upper platform serves southbound trains, with local tracks to the west and express tracks to the east, and the lower platform serves northbound trains with a similar configuration.
Double crossover tracks exist west (railroad north) of the station for northbound trains and east for southbound trains between the local and express tracks. East of the station, the two express tracks end at bumper blocks under Ralph Avenue. A diamond crossover connects the southbound express track to a ramp down to the lower level. Trains descending the ramp can access either the local or express track. This ramp is used by 4 and occasional rush hour 5 trains to relay past the station and reverse back to the north during the day.
There is an active tower at the south end of the platform while a closed one exists on the east of the lower level. Extensions of the subway have been proposed as part of the New York City Transit Authority's 1968 expansion proposals as well as in older pre-unification plans, which included terminating the line at Buffalo Avenue. Just east of this station, a bellmouth splits away from the local track on both levels, and curves south. This was a provision for the proposed Utica Avenue Line, which is why the station itself has no exits to Utica Avenue. In the station, there are ornate doors in the tile walls which serve as vent chambers.
On the New Lots Avenue-bound platform, the track walls have a section of yellow-orange tiles beneath the trim-line and another line of yellow tiles on the bottom of the tiled portions. The I-beams and other steel work along the track walls are painted in dark blue. The Manhattan-bound platform has its metalwork painted in golden yellow and the tiles beneath the trim line in dark blue.
The 2004 artwork here is called Good Morning and Good Night by Hugo Consuegra. It contains ceramic tiles of the sun and moon on the platform walls.
- "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-25.
- nycsubway.org—Brooklyn IRT: Utica Avenue
- nycsubway.org — Good Morning, Good Night Artwork by Hugo Consuegra (unknown date)
- Station Reporter — 3 Train
- Station Reporter — 4 Train
- The Subway Nut — Crown Heights – Utica Avenue Pictures
- MTA's Arts For Transit — Crown Heights – Utica Avenue (IRT Eastern Parkway Line)
- Utica Avenue entrance from Google Maps Street View
- Schenectady Avenue entrance from Google Maps Street View