53rd Street (BMT Fourth Avenue Line)

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53rd Street
NYCS-bull-trans-N.svg NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg
New York City Subway rapid transit station
53rd St BMT train.jpg
Northbound train departing the platform
Station statistics
Address 53rd Street & Fourth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11220
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Sunset Park
Coordinates 40°38′37.00″N 74°0′55.86″W / 40.6436111°N 74.0155167°W / 40.6436111; -74.0155167Coordinates: 40°38′37.00″N 74°0′55.86″W / 40.6436111°N 74.0155167°W / 40.6436111; -74.0155167
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Fourth Avenue Line
Services       N late nights (late nights)
      R all except northbound late nights (all except northbound late nights)
Transit connections Bus transport New York City Bus: B11, B63 (on Fifth Avenue)
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened June 22, 1915 (100 years ago) (1915-06-22)[1]
Other entrances/
Fourth Avenue and 53rd Street, Fourth Avenue and 52nd Street (Exit Only)
Passengers (2014) 2,405,353[2]Increase 0.8%
Rank 207 out of 421
Station succession
Next north 45th Street: N late nights R all except northbound late nights
Next south 59th Street: N late nights R all except northbound late nights

53rd Street is a local station on the BMT Fourth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at 53rd Street and Fourth Avenue in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, it is served by the R train at all times except late nights northbound and the N train during late nights only.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg toward Forest Hills – 71st Avenue (45th Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-N.svg toward Ditmars Boulevard late nights (45th Street)
Northbound express NYCS-bull-trans-N.svg (NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg late nights) does not stop here
Southbound express NYCS-bull-trans-N.svg does not stop here →
Southbound local NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg toward Bay Ridge – 95th Street (59th Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-N.svg toward Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue late nights (59th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

This underground station, opened on June 22, 1915,[1] has four tracks and two side platforms. The two center tracks are used by N trains during daytime hours, and the northbound express track is also used by northbound R trains during late nights.

This station was overhauled in the late 1970s. The Transit Authority repaired the station's structure and appearance, particularly the staircases and platform edges. The overhaul also replaced the original wall tiles, signs, and incandescent lighting with cinderblock tiles (colored gray with yellow indentation), black and white signs, and fluorescent lights.

On the platforms, street signs and arrows leading to the station's exits are painted black on the wall tiles. Columns run along the entire length of both platforms and are painted yellow. Every other column has a "53 Street" sign on it in black with white text. All are rounded except for the ones near the two staircases to the station's main entrance, which was where the platforms were extended.


Entrance at 4th Avenue and 53rd Street, by a bus stop

The station's main entrance has two staircase to each platform and one to each side of Fourth Avenue and 53rd Street. The mezzanine allows transfer between directions and contains some of the original mosaic directional and arrow signs. The one by the staircases to the southbound platform says "Ft. Hamilton & Coney Island" while the one by the Manhattan-bound platform staircases says "Down Town Trains."

The southbound platform has an exit-only near the north end. A single platform-level turnstile leads to a small landing before a three-flight staircase goes up to 52nd Street and Fourth Avenue. The landing area contains the original 1915 trim band with a single "53" tiled on it.


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