59th Street (BMT Fourth Avenue Line)
|New York City Subway station|
The uptown platform looking towards 95th Street in Bay Ridge.
59th Street & Fourth Avenue|
Brooklyn, NY 11220
|Line||BMT Fourth Avenue Line|
N (all times) |
R (all times)
W (limited rush hour service only)
|Transit connections||New York City Bus: B9; B37 (on Third Avenue); B63 (on Fifth Avenue)|
2 island platforms|
|Opened||June 22, 1915|
|Accessible||not ADA-accessible; accessibility planned|
|Accessibility||Cross-platform wheelchair transfer available|
|Fourth Avenue & 60th Street, Fourth Ave & 59th Street|
|Passengers (2017)||5,326,789 27.8%|
|Rank||87 out of 425|
36th Street (express): no regular service|
53rd Street (local): N R W
Eighth Avenue (Sea Beach): N W |
Bay Ridge Avenue (Bay Ridge): R
59th Street is an express station on the BMT Fourth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at 59th Street and Fourth Avenue in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Sunset Park, it is served by the N and R trains at all times, as well as some W trains during rush hours.
|M||Mezzanine||Fare control, station agent|
|B||Northbound local||← toward Forest Hills–71st Avenue (Whitehall Street late nights) (53rd Street)|
← ( rush hours) toward Astoria–Ditmars Boulevard (53rd Street)
|Island platform, doors will open on the left|
|Northbound express|| No regular service|
(No service: 36th Street)
|Southbound express|| No regular service|
(No service: Eighth Avenue)
|Island platform, doors will open on the left|
|Southbound local||→ toward Bay Ridge–95th Street (Bay Ridge Avenue) →|
→ toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (Eighth Avenue) →
→ toward 86th Street–Gravesend rush hours (Eighth Avenue) →
This station opened on June 22, 1915. This is the southernmost four-track express station with two island platforms. The outer local tracks continue along Fourth Avenue to Bay Ridge–95th Street while the center express tracks turn east to become the BMT Sea Beach Line. South of the station are two diamond crossovers, allowing trains to cross from the outer track to the center track or vice versa.
This station was overhauled in the late 1970s.
Elevator access for this station has been proposed for the late 2010s. However, the installation of elevators has been delayed due to a column replacement project above this section of the Fourth Avenue Line. Both the column replacement and the elevator installation require temporary lane closures on Fourth Avenue, a major artery. An elevator contract was supposed to be awarded in November 2016, but has been pushed back to July 2018.
The street-level entrances are at the southern end of the station, with one entrance along either side of Fourth Avenue between 60th and 61st Streets. There are also four exits to Fourth Avenue and 59th Street, with two each to either northern corner, at the north end of the station.
Notable places nearby
Provisions for proposed extensions
Immediately south of the station, one can see tunnel stub headings running straight from the local tracks. They run for about 150 feet and would have been for a line to Staten Island via the Staten Island Tunnel under The Narrows, which was aborted by Mayor Hylan before it was completed. There is a Maintenance of Way shed that was built on the southbound trackway. The northbound trackway is unobstructed, albeit much darker. The northbound trackway ends on a brick wall, with evidence of some sort of space beyond. South of this station, the bridge over the LIRR Bay Ridge Branch has four trackways, with the outer tracks occupying the two western ones. The tracks of the BMT Fourth Avenue Line are under the western half of Fourth Avenue at this point so that two additional tracks could be laid in the future if traffic ever warranted it.
Portions of what was to be two additional tracks for the Fourth Avenue subway south of this station were constructed by the then Brooklyn Edison Company initially for use as circuit breaker chambers.
The original proposal planned a connection from a point between 65th and 67th Streets, just south of the station, running to Arrietta Street in Tompkinsville, Staten Island near the Tompkinsville Station on Staten Island.
- "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 29 June 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
- "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2012–2017". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
- Dougherty, Peter (2006) . Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
- "Transit and Bus Committee Meeting February 2018" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. February 20, 2018. p. 326. Retrieved February 18, 2018.
- "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Sunset Park" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
- Staten Island Rapid Transit; The Essential History, by Irvin Leigh and Paul Matus; Page 9 (The Third Rail Online) Archived 2015-04-02 at the Wayback Machine.
- Taft, Lyman W. (October 13, 1954). "Finds Many Unused Subway Tunnels Under City Streets". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. p. 24. Retrieved 16 September 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtHPwSuJwHE&feature=related The Maintenance of Way shed can be seen at the 8:55 mark in the video, just after the train leaves the 59th Street station.
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5SnwVwN0KM The northbound trackway can be seen at the right, at the 5:58 mark into the video, just before the train approaches the 59th Street station.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to 59th Street (BMT Fourth Avenue Line).|
- nycsubway.org – BMT 4th Avenue Line: 59th Street
- Station Reporter — N Train
- Station Reporter — R Train
- The Subway Nut — 59th Street Pictures
- 59th Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
- Fourth Avenue entrance, midblock between 60th and 61st Streets, from Google Maps Street View
- Platforms from Google Maps Street View