Sutter Avenue (BMT Canarsie Line)

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Sutter Avenue
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Station house
Station statistics
Address Sutter Avenue & Van Sinderen Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11207
Borough Brooklyn
Locale East New York
Coordinates 40°40′06″N 73°54′06″W / 40.668367°N 73.901768°W / 40.668367; -73.901768Coordinates: 40°40′06″N 73°54′06″W / 40.668367°N 73.901768°W / 40.668367; -73.901768
Division B (BMT)
Line       BMT Canarsie Line
Services       L all times (all times)
Structure Elevated
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened December 28, 1906; 107 years ago (December 28, 1906)
Passengers (2013) 1,449,524[1] Increase 5%
Rank 306 out of 421
Station succession
Next north Atlantic Avenue: L all times
Next south Livonia Avenue: L all times

Sutter Avenue is a station on the BMT Canarsie Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Van Sinderen and Sutter Avenues, it is served by the L train at all times.

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[edit]

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.

Station layout[edit]

Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Westbound NYCS L toward Eighth Avenue (Atlantic Avenue)
Eastbound NYCS L toward Canarsie – Rockaway Parkway (Livonia Avenue)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
G Street Level Exit/ Entrance


  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 

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