Sheepshead Bay (BMT Brighton Line)

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Sheepshead Bay
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Station statistics
Address Sheepshead Bay Road & East 16th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11235
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Sheepshead Bay
Coordinates 40°35′14″N 73°57′12″W / 40.587168°N 73.953266°W / 40.587168; -73.953266Coordinates: 40°35′14″N 73°57′12″W / 40.587168°N 73.953266°W / 40.587168; -73.953266
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Brighton Line
Services       B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
      Q all times (all times)
Structure Embankment
Platforms 2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened 1908; 107 years ago (1908)
Passengers (2013) 4,205,275[1] Increase 1.4%
Rank 116 out of 421
Station succession
Next north Neck Road (local): Q all times
Kings Highway (express): B weekdays until 11:00 p.m.
Next south Brighton Beach: B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. Q all times

Sheepshead Bay is an express station on the BMT Brighton Line of the New York City Subway. It is located in the Sheepshead Bay neighborhood of Brooklyn. It is served by the Q train at all times and by the B train on weekdays.

The station has four tracks and two island platforms. It was renovated by New York City Transit’s in-house MOW forces in 1997-98. The full time entrance at Sheepshead Bay Road and East 16th Street has a "Welcome to Sheepshead Bay" sign next to the doors along with two circular windows that allow you to peek from the outside and see the mezzanine and vice-versa. A bench sits facing fare control here and has two overhead heaters that provide comfort during the winter months. This side has two stairs to each platform. Prior to the renovation, there was a small passageway behind the booth area that led to a restaurant and small arcade of stores. It is now sealed.

The part-time entrance to Voorhies Avenue is at the very south end of the platforms and each has one staircase to the mezzanine. This side had a booth until 2010 that was open only during weekday mornings. It now has a regular bank of turnstiles that is only open weekdays and is HEET access other times. Both mezzanines have BMT-style directional mosaics tablets that says "To Manhattan" and "To Coney Island."

The platforms curve to the west at the south end and were extended to the north on both sides. There is clear evidence of this extension by looking underneath the platforms. This station originally was a terminal stop as the extension to Brighton Beach was not built until 1917. Outside and to the east of the Voorhies Avenue side entrance, there is a pedestrian overpass running alongside the Manhattan-bound side of line, but it only crosses the Belt Parkway to the south side.

In December 2008, a wooden pedestrian bridge was built above the express tracks that connected the two platforms near the north end of this station. This was for passengers wishing to transfer between directions during reconstruction of Avenue U and Neck Road. The bridge was removed in September 2010.

The 1998 artwork here is called Postcards from Sheepshead Bay by Deborah Goletz. Made of ceramic tile, it draws the faces and life on the "Bay" (as Brooklyn residents call it short for Sheepshead Bay). The three artwork designs are a diner, some people wearing 17th century clothing near a boat dock, and a fisherman. A closer examination of the tile band at the mezzanine level has seashells and Pisces fish.

The station was featured in the film version of Glengarry Glen Ross.

Station layout[edit]

Platform level
Southbound local NYCS Q toward Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue (Brighton Beach)
Island platform, doors will open on the left for local trains, right for express trains
Southbound express NYCS B toward Brighton Beach weekdays (Terminus)
Northbound express NYCS B toward Bedford Park Boulevard rush hours, 145th Street weekdays (Kings Highway)
Island platform, doors will open on the left for local trains, right for express trains
Northbound local NYCS Q toward Astoria – Ditmars Boulevard weekdays, 57th Street – Seventh Avenue weekends (Neck Road)
G Street Level Entrances/Exits
Station house to entrances/exits, station agent, MetroCard vending machines


  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-30. 

External links[edit]

Station signage

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