Flatbush Avenue – Brooklyn College (IRT Nostrand Avenue Line)
Station entrances on northwest corner of Flatbush Avenue & Nostrand Avenue
|Address||Flatbush Avenue & Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210
|Line||IRT Nostrand Avenue Line|
|Services||2 (all times)
5 (weekdays until 8:45 p.m.)
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Opened||August 23, 1920|
|Passengers (2013)||6,562,226 2.7%|
|Rank||64 out of 421|
|Next north||Newkirk Avenue: 2 5|
|Next south||(Terminal): 2 5|
|Next north||Church Avenue: 2 5|
|Next south||none: 2 5|
Flatbush Avenue – Brooklyn College is the southern terminal station on the IRT Nostrand Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. It is located at the intersection of Flatbush and Nostrand Avenues in Brooklyn, locally called "The Junction", and is served by the 2 train at all times and the 5 train on weekdays. It is the closest subway station to Brooklyn College and Midwood High School.
This underground station, opened on August 23, 1920, is the only "dead-end" terminal station in the subway system that does not have a center island platform. It was built with two side platforms and two tracks to allow for a planned, but not carried out extension of the IRT Nostrand Avenue Line south towards Voorhies Avenue in Sheepshead Bay. In various plans discussed over the years, the IRT Nostrand Avenue Line would be extended along Flatbush Avenue to Avenue U, or along Nostrand Avenue to Voorhies Avenue. 21st Street – Queensbridge on the IND 63rd Street Line was also built like this before being connected to the IND Queens Boulevard Line in December 2001.
In 1968, and again in 1989, the MTA gave consideration to extending the Nostrand Avenue Line approximately 1,000 feet (300 m) beyond the station to provide room for turnaround facilities to eliminate the operational restrictions caused by the current layout.
The station was renovated in the late 1990s, when it received its elevator and kept its platform directional signs. The 1920s-style "Flatbush Avenue" name tablets, containing red backgrounds with blue borders, were restored on both platforms. The top and bottom of the platform walls contain a blue solid line with a colorful border trim. This results in a tiling scheme with blue tiles that create a wavy pattern that comes farther up whenever there is a "F" for "Flatbush" in the station's trimline.
|G||Street Level||Exits / Entrances|
|East Mezzanine||Fare control, station agent
(Elevator at SE corner of Flatbush Avenue and Nostrand Avenue)
|Side platform, doors will open on the left [note 1]|
|Track 1||← toward Wakefield – 241st Street (Newkirk Avenue)
← toward Nereid Avenue rush hours, Dyre Avenue weekdays until 8:45 p.m. (Newkirk Avenue)
|Track 2||← toward Wakefield – 241st Street (Newkirk Avenue)
← toward Nereid Avenue rush hours, Dyre Avenue weekdays until 8:45 p.m (Newkirk Avenue)
|Side platform, doors will open on the right [note 1]|
|West Mezzanine||Fare control|
The platforms are connected at the south end just past the bumper blocks (forming a "U" shape), where there is an unstaffed exit containing two HEET turnstiles and one exit-only turnstile. The single staircase here goes up to the west side of Nostrand Avenue north of Avenue H. The station's main entrance is on the Track 1 (eastern) platform. Street stairs from either eastern corners of Nostrand and Flatbush Avenues lead to where the full-time token booth and two separate banks of turnstiles are. The single elevator from street level down to fare control is at the southeast corner. There is another entrance on the platform of Track 2 (west side). This entrance has two sets of street stairs adjacent to each other at the northwest corner of Flatbush Avenue and Nostrand Avenue. The token booth and turnstile bank are open weekdays only. A single HEET turnstile provides access to this entrance other times.
At all three entrances beyond fare control, lit-up signs indicate which train is the next to depart from the station.
The station platforms have a lot of doors for various non-public uses, including crew quarters. There are public restrooms along Track 1 just within the station's main entrance. The columns separating the two tracks are painted light-blue.
- For arriving trains.
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- The Subway Nut — 21st Street – Queensbridge Pictures
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Media related to Flatbush Avenue – Brooklyn College (IRT Nostrand Avenue Line) at Wikimedia Commons
- nycsubway.org—Brooklyn IRT: Flatbush Avenue
- nycsubway.org — Flatbush Floogies Artwork by Muriel Castanis (1996)
- Station Reporter — 2 Train
- The Subway Nut — Flatbush Avenue – Brooklyn College Pictures
- MTA's Arts For Transit — Brooklyn College – Flatbush Avenue (IRT Nostrand Avenue Line)
- Flatbush Avenue entrance from Google Maps Street View
- Avenue H entrance from Google Maps Street View