59th Street (BMT Fourth Avenue Line)

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For the stations in Manhattan that are also named "59th Street" and also served by the N and R trains, see Fifth Avenue – 59th Street (BMT Broadway Line) and Lexington Avenue / 59th Street (BMT Broadway Line).
59th Street
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New York City Subway rapid transit station
59th Street - Uptown Platform.jpg
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)
Transit connections Bus transport New York City Bus: B9, B63 (on Fifth Avenue)
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened June 22, 1915 (100 years ago) (1915-06-22)[1]
Other entrances/
Fourth Avenue & 60th Street, Fourth Ave & 59th Street
Passengers (2014) 4,094,658[2]Increase 3.2%
Rank 121 out of 421
Station succession
Next north 53rd Street (local): N late nights R all except northbound late nights
36th Street (express): N all except late nights R northbound late nights
Next south Bay Ridge Avenue: R all times
Eighth Avenue (Sea Beach local): N all times
Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue (Sea Beach express): no regular service

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.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
B Northbound local NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg toward Forest Hills – 71st Avenue (53rd Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-N.svg toward Astoria – Ditmars Boulevard late nights (53rd Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Northbound express NYCS-bull-trans-N.svg toward Astoria – Ditmars Boulevard (36th Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg toward 36th Street (late nights) (Terminus)
Southbound express NYCS-bull-trans-N.svg toward Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue (Eighth Avenue)
(No service: Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Southbound local NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg toward Bay Ridge – 95th Street (Bay Ridge Avenue)
NYCS-bull-trans-N.svg toward Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue late nights (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.

The street-level entrance is at the southern end of the station, at 60th Street. There is also an exit at the north end of the station. This station was overhauled in the late 1970s.

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

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.[3][4] There is a Maintenance of Way shed that was built on the southbound trackway.[5] The northbound trackway is unobstructed, albeit much darker.[6] 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.


  1. ^ a b "Through Tube to Coney, 48 Minutes: First Train on Fourth Avenue Route Beats West End Line Eleven Minutes". http://bklyn.newspapers.com. Brooklyn Daily Eagle. June 22, 1915. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York: Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2015-04-29. 
  3. ^ Staten Island Rapid Transit; The Essential History, by Irvin Leigh and Paul Matus; Page 9 (The Third Rail Online)
  4. ^ Taft, Lyman W. (October 13, 1954). "Finds Many Unused Subway Tunnels Under City Streets". Newspapers.com. Brooklyn Daily Eagle. p. 24. Retrieved 16 September 2015. 
  5. ^ http://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.
  6. ^ http://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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