Sutter Avenue (BMT Canarsie Line)
|Address||Sutter Avenue & Van Sinderen Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11207
|Locale||East New York|
|Line||BMT Canarsie Line|
|Services||L (all times)|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Opened||December 28, 1906|
|Passengers (2013)||1,449,524 5%|
|Rank||306 out of 421|
|Next north||Atlantic Avenue: L|
|Next south||Livonia Avenue: L|
This elevated station, opened on December 28, 1906, has two tracks and two side platforms. The only entrance is via a ground level station house underneath the tracks on the northwest corner of Sutter and Van Sinderen Avenues. Inside is a token booth, turnstile bank, and a single canopied staircase to each platform at their extreme south ends. The station is a microcosm of early-20th century BRT construction. Ornate period ironwork adorns the quaint wooden crosswalk beneath the south end of the station.
This station was renovated in 2006, which included new windscreens (beige with green frames) and canopies (red with green frames) that run along the entire length of the platforms except for a small section at the north end and installation of yellow tacticle warning strips on the edges. Artwork called The Habitat for the Yellow Bird by Takayo Noda was also installed and features stained glass windows of flowers on the windscreens.
Structure changes north of the station
North of this station, the Canarsie Line formerly split into two separate elevated structures, one above Van Sinderen Avenue and another a block east above Snediker Avenue via an "S" curve. This curve into was one of the sharpest in the subway at around 75 degrees. As the curve swung eastward, it passed under the last remnant of the Fulton Street Elevated. The tracks on this line curved east on their way to City Line, Brooklyn before ending at Pitkin Avenue. The two Canarsie elevated structures ran north into separate platforms at Atlantic Avenue.
After the Fulton Street Elevated was closed in 1956, the Canarsie Line continued using the tracks it always had and the rest of the structure fell into disuse. In 2002–04, the portion above Snediker Avenue was abandoned and the northbound Canarsie Line track was re-routed to share the western-most island platform with southbound Canarsie Line service there. Demolition of the unused elevated structure began in 2003 and was completed in 2005. Now, northbound L trains have a much gentler curve to the west, speeding service.
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
|Westbound||← toward Eighth Avenue (Atlantic Avenue)|
|Eastbound||→ toward Canarsie – Rockaway Parkway (Livonia Avenue) →|
|M||Mezzanine||Fare control, station agent, MetroCard vending machines|
|G||Street Level||Exit/ Entrance|
- "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-28.
- nycsubway.org—BMT Canarsie Line: Sutter Avenue
- Station Reporter — L Train
- The Subway Nut — Sutter Avenue Pictures
- MTA's Arts For Transit — Sutter Avenue (BMT Canarsie Line)
- Sutter Avenue entrance from Google Maps Street View