45th Street station (BMT Fourth Avenue Line)
|New York City Subway station (rapid transit)|
Manhattan bound platform
|Address||45th Street & Fourth Avenue|
Brooklyn, NY 11220
|Line||BMT Fourth Avenue Line|
|Services||N (late nights) |
R (all times)
W (limited rush hour service only)
|Transit connections||New York City Bus: B37 (on Third Avenue); B63 (on Fifth Avenue)|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Tracks||4 (2 in regular service)|
|Opened||June 22, 1915|
|Passengers (2018)||2,251,921 5.8%|
|Rank||207 out of 424|
|Next north||36th Street: N R W|
|Next south||53rd Street: N R W|
45th Street is a local station on the BMT Fourth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at 45th Street and Fourth Avenue in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, it is served by the R train at all times. The N train also stops here during late nights, and a few rush-hour W trains stop here in the peak direction.
This station opened on June 22, 1915 as part of the initial portion of the BMT Fourth Avenue Line to 59th Street, two stations to the south from here. This station was overhauled in the late 1970s. The original trim lines were replaced with white cinderblock tiles, except for small recesses in the walls, which contain gray-painted cinderblock tiles. The staircases were repaired and new platform edges were installed. The gray cinderblock field contains the station-name signs and white text pointing to the exits. The renovation also replaced incandescent lighting with fluorescent lighting.
|M||Mezzanine||Fare control, station agent|
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
|Northbound local||← toward Forest Hills–71st Avenue (Whitehall Street nights) (36th Street)|
← late nights, rush hours toward Astoria–Ditmars Boulevard (36th Street)
|Northbound express||← does not stop here|
|Southbound express||does not stop here →|
|Southbound local|| toward Bay Ridge–95th Street (53rd Street) → |
late nights, rush hours toward 86th Street–Gravesend (53rd Street) →
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
This underground station has four tracks and two side platforms. The two center tracks are used by N express trains during daytime hours. The platforms are offset as the Manhattan-bound platform is more to the north than the Bay Ridge-bound one.
On the platforms, street signs and arrows leading to the station's exits are painted white on the wall tiles. Columns run along the entire length of both platforms and are painted dark blue. Every other column has a "45 Street" sign on it in black with white text. All are round except for the ones near the staircases to the station's main entrance, which was where the platforms were extended in the 1960s. These columns are I-beams.
The station's main entrance is a mezzanine above the platforms and tracks at the north end. It has two staircases to the Manhattan-bound platform and one to the Bay Ridge-bound one at the extreme south end, a waiting area that allows a free transfer between directions, turnstile bank, token booth, and two staircases to the northern corners of 45th Street and 4th Avenue. The mezzanine contains some of the original mosaic directional and arrow signs. The one by the staircases to the southbound platform says "Down Town trains" while the one by the Manhattan-bound platform staircases says "Up Town Trains."
The southbound platform formerly had an exit-only at the center that led to 46th Street. Evidence of this includes a gated door on the platform wall and adjacent "EXIT" signs. The northwest corner exit was closed after it was accidentally destroyed by nearby construction workers. On May 16, 1979, Community Board 7 held a meeting to determine whether residents wanted the entrance closed. The board's chairman cited crime as a reason to close the entrance. The New York City Transit Authority promised to comply with the wish of the board, and the entrance was closed.
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- Cox, Jeremiah (June 5, 2009). "A 45 Street platform sign, text and an arrow for the only exit to 45 St painted beneath it". subwaynut.com. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
- Cox, Jeremiah (June 5, 2009). "A view down the Bay Ridge-bound side platform at 45 Street". subwaynut.com. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
- Cox, Jeremiah (October 1, 2012). "Looking down the Bay Ridge-bound platform at 45 Street, this portion must be part of the area added when the platform was extended since it has I-beams all along it". subwaynut.com. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
- Cox, Jeremiah (October 1, 2012). "Looking across to the offset Manhattan-bound platform and the two staircases it has to the mezzanine". subwaynut.com. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
- Cox, Jeremiah (June 5, 2009). "Approaching the single staircase up to street level from the Bay Ridge-bound platform at 45 Street". subwaynut.com. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
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- Cox, Jeremiah (June 5, 2009). "A mosaic sign for Up Town trains above a modern To 95 Street R sign at 45 Street". subwaynut.com. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
- Cox, Jeremiah (June 5, 2009). "A Down Town Trains mosaic above a modern Manhattan & Queens R sign on the mezzanine at 45 Street". subwaynut.com. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
- Cox, Jeremiah (June 5, 2009). "A close up of partially painted over text for the now closed exit to 46 St". subwaynut.com. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
- Cox, Jeremiah (June 5, 2009). "A gated door where a high exit turnstile to 46 Street used to leave the Bay Ridge-bound platform from". subwaynut.com. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
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