59th Street (BMT Fourth Avenue Line)

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59th Street
"N" train​ ​"R" train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
59th Street - Uptown Platform.jpg
The uptown platform looking towards 95th Street in Bay Ridge.
Station statistics
Address 59th Street & Fourth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11220
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Sunset Park
Coordinates 40°38′27.88″N 74°1′5.45″W / 40.6410778°N 74.0181806°W / 40.6410778; -74.0181806Coordinates: 40°38′27.88″N 74°1′5.45″W / 40.6410778°N 74.0181806°W / 40.6410778; -74.0181806
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Fourth Avenue Line
Services       N all times (all times)
      R all times (all times)
      W limited rush hour service only (limited rush hour service only)
Transit connections Bus transport New York City Bus: B9; B37 (on Third Avenue); B63 (on Fifth Avenue)
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened June 22, 1915 (102 years ago) (1915-06-22)[1]
Station code 035[2]
Accessible not ADA-accessible; accessibility planned
Accessibility Cross-platform wheelchair transfer available
Other entrances/
Fourth Avenue & 60th Street, Fourth Ave & 59th Street
Passengers (2016) 4,169,280[3]Increase 0.3%
Rank 122 out of 422
Station succession
Next north 36th Street (express): N all times except late nights
53rd Street (local): N late nightsR all timesW limited rush hour service only
Next south Eighth Avenue (Sea Beach): N all timesW selected rush-hour trips
Bay Ridge Avenue (Bay Ridge): R all times

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.

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
to 8 Av
G Street Level Exit/Entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
B Northbound local "R" train toward Forest Hills–71st Avenue (Whitehall Street late nights) (53rd Street)
"N" train late nights, "W" train rush hours toward Astoria–Ditmars Boulevard (53rd Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Northbound express "N" train toward Astoria–Ditmars Boulevard (36th Street)
Southbound express "N" train toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (Eighth Avenue)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Southbound local "R" train toward Bay Ridge–95th Street (Bay Ridge Avenue)
"N" train toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue late nights (Eighth Avenue)
"W" train toward 86th Street–Gravesend rush hours (Eighth Avenue)
Western street stairs

This station opened on June 22, 1915.[1] 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.[4]

This station was overhauled in the late 1970s.


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.[5]

Notable places nearby[edit]

The Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, a major architectural landmark of Brooklyn, is nearby.[5]

Provisions for proposed extensions[edit]

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.[6][7] There is a Maintenance of Way shed that was built on the southbound trackway.[8] The northbound trackway is unobstructed, albeit much darker.[9] 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.


  1. ^ a b "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. 
  2. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2011–2016". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 31, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  4. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books. 
  5. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Sunset Park" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ 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.

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