36th Street station (BMT Fourth Avenue Line)

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 36 Street
 "D" train​​"N" train​​"R" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
36th Street - Northbound Platform.jpg
Uptown platform
Station statistics
Address36th Street & Fourth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11232
LocaleSunset Park
Coordinates40°39′16″N 74°00′16″W / 40.65445°N 74.00455°W / 40.65445; -74.00455Coordinates: 40°39′16″N 74°00′16″W / 40.65445°N 74.00455°W / 40.65445; -74.00455
DivisionB (BMT)
LineBMT Fourth Avenue Line
Services      D all times (all times)
      N all times (all times)
      R all times (all times)
      W limited rush hour service only (limited rush hour service only)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: B70; B37 (on Third Avenue); B63 (on Fifth Avenue) B35 (on 39th St)
Platforms2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Other information
OpenedJune 22, 1915 (104 years ago) (1915-06-22)
Station code032[1]
Accessiblenot ADA-accessible; accessibility planned
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
Passengers (2018)4,293,364[3]Decrease 5.5%
Rank109 out of 424
Station succession
Next northAtlantic Avenue–Barclays Center (express): D all except late nightsN all except late nights
25th Street (local): D late nightsN late nightsR all timesW limited rush hour service only
Next southNinth Avenue (West End): D all times
45th Street (local): N late nightsR all timesW limited rush hour service only
59th Street (express): N all times except late nights

36th Street is an express station on the BMT Fourth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway, located at 36th Street and Fourth Avenue in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. It is served by the D, N and R trains at all times, as well as several W trains during rush hours.[4]


Track layout
to 9 Av
Unused 40 St

This station opened on June 22, 1915 as part of the initial portion of the BMT Fourth Avenue Line to 59th Street.[5]

As part of the Dual Contracts, the original southern half of the station was closed to make room for an above-ground connection to the BMT West End Line, and a new northern half was constructed.[6]

The station was overhauled from 1996 to 1997.[7] The changes included rebuilt staircases, retiled walls, new tiling on the floors, upgrading the station's lights, installing ADA yellow safety treads along the platform edge, new track-beds for local and express trains and also installing some artwork around the entrance.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
Platform level
Northbound local "D" train toward Norwood–205th Street (late nights) (25th Street)
"N" train late nights, "W" train rush hours toward Ditmars Boulevard (25th Street)
"R" train toward Forest Hills–71st Avenue (Whitehall Street late nights) (25th Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Northbound express "D" train toward Norwood–205th Street (Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center)
"N" train toward Astoria–Ditmars Boulevard (Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center)
Southbound express "D" train toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue via West End (Ninth Avenue)
"N" train toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue via Sea Beach (59th Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Southbound local "D" train "N" train toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (late nights) (Ninth Avenue (D) or 45th Street (N))
"R" train toward Bay Ridge–95th Street (45th Street)
"W" train toward 86th Street–Gravesend rush hours (45th Street)
Station entrance

36th Street is an express station with four tracks and two island platforms.[6] R and W trains provide local service, while D and N trains run express (except during nights when they run local). South of here, N, R, and W trains continue on Fourth Avenue, while D trains diverge east onto the BMT West End Line. This is one of two "36th Street" stations served by the R train; the other is 36th Street on the IND Queens Boulevard Line.[8]

The station originally featured two mezzanines. The mezzanine in what is now the southern half of the station was originally the northern one. A second southern mezzanine was isolated and closed off when the original southern half of the station was closed to make way for the West End Line. However, it is still intact; it was converted to a signal relay room and can be reached by an intact stairway in the tunnel.[9]


The station's only two exits are from the open northern mezzanine above the tracks at the very south end of the station. Outside fare control, two street stairs lead to the northwest corner of 4th Avenue and 36th Street. Another street stair leads to the northeast corner.[10]

Proposed subway under 40th Street[edit]

There are three abandoned trackways south of 36th Street station. One trackway merges with the southbound local track, and the other two trackways are south of the tracks that ramp up to the BMT West End Line. The triple trackway ramps down to a lower level, under the mainline tracks, and curves slightly east before ending. On the main track level, a bellmouth going east is visible from a Manhattan-bound local train,[11] just south of this station. When the subway was planned as part of the Triborough System, use of the South Brooklyn cut was not anticipated, and instead a four-track subway was to be built in 40th Street to reach the equivalent of the Culver and West End lines. The unused junction is to the east side of Fourth Avenue.[6]

Nearby points of interest[edit]


  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Through Tube to Coney, 48 Minutes: First Train on Fourth Avenue Route Beats West End Line Eleven Minutes". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. June 22, 1915. Retrieved June 29, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ a b c Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (June 6, 2009). "The renovations plaque at 36th Street: Opened 1915, Renovated 1997". subwaynut.com. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  8. ^ "Subway Map" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 1, 2019. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  9. ^ https://www.nycsubway.org/wiki/BMT_4th_Avenue_Line#36th_Street
  10. ^ a b c "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Sunset Park" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  11. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPjuw5I22To The bellmouth can be seen at 58 seconds (0:58) into this video, just before the 36th Street Station.

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