Euclid Avenue (IND Fulton Street Line)
|Address||Euclid Avenue & Pitkin Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11208
|Locale||East New York|
|Line||IND Fulton Street Line|
|Services||A (all times)
C (all except late nights)
|Platforms||2 island platforms
|Opened||November 28, 1948|
|Passengers (2013)||3,323,235 6.7%|
|Rank||151 out of 421|
|Next north||Shepherd Avenue (local): A C
Broadway Junction (express): A
|Next south||Grant Avenue: A
|Next north||Utica Avenue: A C|
|Next south||Howard Beach – JFK Airport (via Rockaway): A
none (via Lefferts): A C
Euclid Avenue is an express station on the IND Fulton Street Line of the New York City Subway, located at the intersection of Euclid and Pitkin Avenues in East New York, Brooklyn. It is served by the A train at all times and is the southern terminal for the C train at all times except nights. During nights, this is the northern terminal for the Lefferts Boulevard shuttle from Ozone Park, Queens.
With four tracks and two island platforms, open on November 28, 1948, this is the easternmost express station on the IND Fulton Street Line. It has the same 10" × 5" eggshell-beige wall tile as the next three stations north. The tile band, however, is a delicate shade of lilac with a violet border, similar to Delancey Street in Manhattan. The I-beams are tiled with mini-vertical name tablets reading "Euclid," along with the two-tone border motif. Away from the platform center there is a single row of these I-beams running down the middle of the platform. A crew quarters room is over the south end of both platforms. The station has a crossover in the mezzanine along with an active newsstand.
This station was an incomplete shell during World War II that could not be finished because of material shortages from the war effort. This meant the station received a sightly different tile job and design for the mezzanine compared to the rest of the stations along the line. It became the replacement for the BMT Fulton Street Line's Chestnut Street and Crescent Street stations on April 26, 1956.
|G||Street Level||Exit/ Entrance|
|M||Mezzanine||Fare control, station agent
(Elevator at NE corner of Euclid and Pitkin Avenues)
|Northbound local||← toward 168th Street (boarding passengers only; all except late nights) (Shepherd Avenue)
← toward 207th Street (late nights) (Shepherd Avenue)
|Island platform, doors will open on the left, right|
|Northbound express||← toward 207th Street (all except late nights) (Broadway Junction)
← termination track (late night shuttle)
|Southbound express||→ toward Rockaway Park (PM rush hours), or Lefferts Boulevard or Far Rockaway (all except late nights) (Grant Avenue) →
→ toward Lefferts Boulevard (late night shuttle) (Grant Avenue) →
|Island platform, doors will open on the left, right|
|Southbound local||→ termination track (all except late nights) →
→ toward Far Rockaway (late nights) (Grant Avenue) →
East of the station
East (railroad south) of the station, Grant Avenue, which is in Brooklyn, is the next station. However, there is rumored to be another station named 76th Street in Queens, just four blocks east of Grant Avenue.
The track-work is quite complex there, allowing trains to enter the Pitkin Yard from both the express and local tracks (where C trains relay to get from the southbound to the northbound local track), and with a connection to Grant Avenue from both sets of tracks. All four mainline trackways continue, disused, east under Pitkin Avenue until approximately Elderts Lane. It was planned that these tracks would continue under Pitkin Avenue to Queens, as part of a never-built system expansion. On the electric light board in the control room at Euclid Avenue, there is a taped-over section of the board that hides the 76th Street station. There are also two tracks coming from the Pitkin Yard heading towards the 76th Street station shell. When Pitkin Yard originally opened, the yard leads toward 76th Street were usable to relay short trains on. Now those two tracks are no longer connected via switches. Parts of the trackways still exist, but the switches were removed and also end in a cinderblock wall.
As late as 1951, these relay tracks were still planned to go as far as 105th Street, with a connection to the IND Rockaway Line east of Cross Bay Boulevard. There is a cinder block wall at the end of the tunnel, and supposedly there is a signal for inbound trains facing the wall. However, on Pitkin Avenue, no subway grates or skylights exist, and the street is too narrow to cover a four-track structure underground.
Rumors of the supposed station are prevalent. On the website SubChat, some have claimed to have known people who have seen the station. The New York Times likened the rumor to the Roswell UFO incident.
- "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-27.
- Kennedy, Randy (January 21, 2003). "TUNNEL VISION; Next Stop, 'Twilight Zone' (a k a 76th St. Station)". The New York Times. The New York Times. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
- Track diagram of the 1951 plan
- Tour of the tunnel, by LTVSquad
- Picture of signal
- nycsubway.org—IND Fulton: Euclid Avenue
- Station Reporter — C train
- Station Reporter — A Lefferts
- Station Reporter — A Rockaway
- The Subway Nut — Euclid Avenue Pictures
- Euclid Avenue entrance from Google Maps Street View