59th Street (BMT Fourth Avenue Line)

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 59 Street
 "N" train​ ​"R" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway rapid transit station
59th Street - Northbound Platform.jpg
The uptown platform looking towards 95th Street in Bay Ridge.
Station statistics
Address59th Street & Fourth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11220
LocaleSunset Park
Coordinates40°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
DivisionB (BMT)
LineBMT 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 connectionsBus transport New York City Bus: B9; B37 (on Third Avenue); B63 (on Fifth Avenue)
NYC Ferry: Rockaway and South Brooklyn routes (at Brooklyn Army Terminal)
Platforms2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks4 (2 in regular service)
Other information
OpenedJune 22, 1915 (103 years ago) (1915-06-22)[1]
Station code035[2]
Accessiblenot ADA-accessible; accessibility planned
AccessibilityCross-platform wheelchair transfer available
Other entrances/
Fourth Avenue & 60th Street, Fourth Ave & 59th Street
Passengers (2017)5,326,789[3]Increase 27.8%
Rank87 out of 425
Station succession
Next north36th Street (express): no regular service
53rd Street (local): N all timesR all timesW limited rush hour service only
Next southEighth 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 ("W" train 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 "R" train toward Bay Ridge–95th Street (Bay Ridge Avenue)
"N" train toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (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.

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.[5]


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.[6]

Notable places nearby[edit]

The Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, a major architectural landmark of Brooklyn, is nearby.[6]

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.[7][8] There is a Maintenance of Way shed that was built on the southbound trackway.[9] The northbound trackway is unobstructed, albeit much darker.[10] 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 2012–2017". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  4. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ "Transit and Bus Committee Meeting February 2018" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. February 20, 2018. p. 326. Retrieved February 18, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Sunset Park" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtHPwSuJwHE 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.
  10. ^ 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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