Grand Army Plaza (IRT Eastern Parkway Line)
Wings for the IRT: The Irresistible Romance of Travel artwork on the mezzanine level of the station
|Address||Grand Army Plaza (north side) & Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238
|Line||IRT Eastern Parkway Line|
|Services||2 (all times)
3 (all except late nights)
4 (late nights)
|Connection||NYCT Bus: B41, B69|
|Platforms||1 island platform|
|Opened||August 23, 1920|
|Former/other names||Grand Army Plaza – Prospect Park|
|Passengers (2012)||2,507,555 3.7%|
|Rank||186 out of 421|
|Next north||Bergen Street: 2 3 4|
|Next south||Eastern Parkway – Brooklyn Museum: 2 3 4|
Grand Army Plaza is a local station on the IRT Eastern Parkway Line of the New York City Subway. It is located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, underneath Flatbush Avenue at its northwest intersection with Grand Army Plaza. It is served by the 2 and 3 trains, the latter of which is replaced by the 4 train during late nights.
Grand Army Plaza opened on August 23, 1920 as part of the opening of the IRT Eastern Parkway Line, an extension of the Brooklyn IRT from Atlantic Avenue to Crown Heights – Utica Avenue. This extension was part of an expansion of the subway system known as the Dual Contracts which built not only IRT lines in Brooklyn but also those for the BMT. The BMT Brighton Line was already in use at the time but used trackage that is now part of the Franklin Avenue Shuttle; the opening of the subway line beneath Flatbush Avenue provided a more direct route to Downtown Brooklyn and, eventually, Manhattan.
The construction of the station and tunnels resulted in the removal of Frederic W. Darlington's 1897 Electric Fountain from the center of Grand Army Plaza, which was dug up for the cut-and-cover construction and replaced with a grass oval. Construction began on a new fountain, known as the Bailey Fountain, in 1928, and it was completed in 1932.
|B1||Mezzanine||Fare control, station agent|
|B2||Northbound local||← toward Wakefield – 241st Street (Bergen Street)
← toward Harlem – 148th Street ( toward Woodlawn late nights) (Bergen Street)
|Island platform, doors will open on the left|
|Southbound local||→ toward Brooklyn College – Flatbush Avenue (Eastern Parkway – Brooklyn Museum) →
→ ( late nights) toward New Lots Avenue (Eastern Parkway – Brooklyn Museum) →
|B3||Northbound express||← do not stop here|
|Northbound Brighton Line||← do not stop here (Seventh Avenue)|
|Southbound Brighton Line||→ do not stop here (Prospect Park) →|
|Southbound express||→ do not stop here →|
At platform level, Grand Army Plaza has a simple island platform layout with two tracks. Southbound (eastern Brooklyn-bound) trains use track E1 while northbound (Manhattan-bound) trains use track E4. Underneath the platform are four tracks, the center two, A4 (north) and A3 (south) carrying the BMT Brighton Line with tracks E2 and E3 carrying southbound and northbound express IRT Eastern Parkway Line trains on either side of the Brighton Line tracks, respectively. These track designations are only displayed on small emergency placards on either end of the platform for use by train and emergency personnel; they are not used in everyday conversation.
The only mosaic in the Grand Army Plaza station is a small "P". A permanent art installation in the station's entrances and mezzanine entitled Wings for the IRT: The Irresistible Romance of Travel was created in 1995 by Jane Greengold, who used the station regularly when she lived in Park Slope. The bronze and terra cotta pieces of art are modeled on the original Interborough Rapid Transit Company logo, and references the Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Arch in the plaza above with its Winged Victories. The MTA's Arts for Transit program held an opening ceremony for the artwork on June 19, 1997.
- "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2013-04-02.
- "Our Newest Electric Toy". Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, NY). August 8, 1897. p. 13.
- New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, Grand Army Plaza, accessed April 20, 2007
- Grand Army Plaza (Brooklyn IRT) NYCSubway Retrieved 2009-07-05
- Brooklyn IRT: Grand Army Plaza
- Brooklyn IRT: Map 2, Brooklyn IRT Dual Contracts
- MTA – Arts for Transit: Grand Army Plaza, accessed April 20, 2007
- MTA Headquarters Press Release, MTA Installs Art In Grand Army Plaza Station, June 19, 1997, accessed April 20, 2007
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Grand Army Plaza (IRT Eastern Parkway Line).|
- Station Reporter — 2 Train
- Station Reporter — 3 Train
- The Subway Nut — Grand Army Plaza Pictures
- MTA's Arts For Transit — Grand Army Plaza (IRT Eastern Parkway Line)
- Plaza Street entrance (northeast from Grand Army Plaza) from Google Maps Street View