New Utrecht Avenue / 62nd Street (New York City Subway)

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New Utrecht Avenue / 62nd Street
NYCS D NYCS N
New York City Subway rapid transit station complex
62nd Street-New Utrecht Avenue head house.JPG
Station statistics
Address New Utrecht Avenue & 62nd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11219
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Bensonhurst, Borough Park
Coordinates 40°37′34″N 73°59′52″W / 40.626086°N 73.997887°W / 40.626086; -73.997887Coordinates: 40°37′34″N 73°59′52″W / 40.626086°N 73.997887°W / 40.626086; -73.997887
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Sea Beach Line
BMT West End Line
Services       D all times (all times)
      N all times (all times)
Connection
Levels 2
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 1,654,945 (station complex)[1] Decrease 15.6%
Rank 278 out of 421

New Utrecht Avenue / 62nd Street is a New York City Subway station complex shared by the open-cut BMT Sea Beach Line and the elevated BMT West End Line. It is located at New Utrecht Avenue and 62nd Street in Brooklyn, in the neighborhood of Bensonhurst, and is served by the D and N trains at all times.

Prior to the rebuilding of the two current subway lines at this location during the second decade of the 20th century, this location was known as Bath Junction. Until that time, there was a track connection between the lines, primarily to enable Sea Beach trains to and from Coney Island to access West End Line trackage to reach the Brooklyn Bridge and the Park Row elevated lines terminal in downtown Manhattan.

This entire station complex, along with eight other stations along the Sea Beach Line, is scheduled for a rehabilitation starting in 2015 with 4 ADA-accessible elevators.[2]

Station layout[edit]

P
Platform level
Northbound local NYCS D toward Norwood – 205th Street (55th Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Peak-direction express No regular service
(No service: Ninth Avenue (north) or Bay Parkway (south))
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Southbound local NYCS D toward Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue via West End (71st Street)
M Mezzanine to entrances/exits, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
G Street Level Entrances/Exits
P
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local NYCS N toward Astoria – Ditmars Boulevard (Fort Hamilton Parkway)
Northbound express Trackbed
Southbound express No regular service
Southbound local NYCS N toward Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue via Sea Beach (18th Avenue)
Side platform, doors will open on the right


BMT Sea Beach Line platforms[edit]

New Utrecht Avenue
NYCS N
New York City Subway rapid transit station
New Utrecht Av SB BMT east jeh.JPG
Eastern end of platforms
Station statistics
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Sea Beach Line
Services       N all times (all times)
Structure Open-cut
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4 (2 in regular service)
Other information
Opened June 22, 1915; 99 years ago (1915-06-22)
Station succession
Next north Fort Hamilton Parkway: N all times
Next south 18th Avenue: N all times

New Utrecht Avenue Station (Dual System BRT)
MPS New York City Subway System MPS
NRHP Reference # 05000678[3]
Added to NRHP July 6, 2005

New Utrecht Avenue on the BMT Sea Beach Line has four tracks and two side platforms. Platform extensions are to the north end of the station and beyond the main staircase. Either ends of both platforms are underneath tunnels. The north end has two staircases to the full-time booth, where the transfer to the elevated BMT West End Line is available. The south end at 15th Avenue and 63rd Street is HEET access and formerly had a booth. The north end has unusual bricks on the staircase walls, suggesting the staircases were redone when the platform was extended. The original entrance had only one staircase to platform level. After the platform extension, the staircase was redone in a T formation along with the installation of brick walls. This segment of the station has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2005.[4]

Northbound platform


BMT West End Line platforms[edit]

62nd Street
NYCS D
New York City Subway rapid transit station
62nd Street (West End Platform).JPG
Station statistics
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT West End Line
Services       D all times (all times)
Structure Elevated
Platforms 2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 3 (2 in regular service)
Other information
Opened September 15, 1916; 98 years ago (1916-09-15)
Station succession
Next north 55th Street (local): D all times
Ninth Avenue (express): no regular service
Next south 71st Street (local): D all times
Bay Parkway (express): no regular service

62nd Street is an express station on the BMT West End Line that has three tracks and two island platforms. The middle express track is only used for re-routings and non-revenue movements. There are two fare control areas. The full-time side is at 62nd Street (north end of station) and has the transfer to the N train. The part-time side is at 60th Street (south end); it is where the famous chase scene in the 1971 film, The French Connection ends. This side was renovated and is HEET access for most of the day. A booth formerly existed here, but is now mostly empty space in the station house. New windows and lighting restored this mezzanine to good condition. However, the staircases from the street still have wooden boards. The station-house for the BMT Sea Beach Line used to have a newsstand and two additional doors on the left side. As of October 2010, this station was undergoing renovations, including two new far controls, new canopy and platform edges, and repainted side roof and beams; these were complete as of May 2012.

On the street, the northern station entrance is set back from New Utrecht Avenue. It is to the left when facing the Tomche Shabbos food pantry warehouse; there is a small, fenced-in overgrown area separating them, with a small MTA informational sign on the chain link. The station house is also visible from 62nd street, but there is a small MTA lot for separating street from station, designated for bus turnarounds, MTA maintenance, and MTA employee parking only. A staircase leads to the second floor of the station house, where one may use a covered, open-air passageway to reach the west end of the Sea Beach platform.

Bath Junction[edit]

Bath Junction was located near the present site of the station. It took the name as a railroad junction of the New York & Sea Beach Railway (Sea Beach Line) with the Brooklyn, Bath Coney Island Railroad (West End Line). The NY&SB called the station at the junction Bath Junction, while the BB&CI called it Sea Beach Junction. Soon, however, they settled on the common name. Bath Junction was located at grade near the current intersection of New Utrecht Avenue and 62nd Street.

The junction included a switching track connecting the two lines, so that NY&SB trains might reach the Brooklyn Bridge via the BB&CI tracks. Both lines merged with the BMT Culver Line at Ninth Avenue and later the BMT Fifth Avenue Line and BMT Myrtle Avenue Line.

After both lines were rebuilt as rapid transit lines of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company, the name Bath Junction was dropped. A connector was no longer necessary, as the West End Line was able to reach Manhattan on its own, and was not even realistic to plan, as one line dropped into a cut and the other became elevated. The multi-level station complex was created to allow passenger transfer between the two lines.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 
  2. ^ "Two elevators coming to the N line during massive rehabilitation". October 4, 2013. Retrieved May 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved December 9, 2011. 
  4. ^ Kings County Listing at the National Register of Historic Places (Structure #05000678)

External links[edit]

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