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). For other uses, see 59th Street (disambiguation).
59th Street
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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, B63 (on Fifth Avenue)
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened June 22, 1915 (101 years ago) (1915-06-22)[1]
Accessibility Cross-platform wheelchair transfer available
Other entrances/
Fourth Avenue & 60th Street, Fourth Ave & 59th Street
Passengers (2015) 4,158,863[2]Increase 1.6%
Rank 120 out of 425
Station succession
Next north 53rd Street (local): N late nights R all times W limited rush hour service only
36th Street (express): N all times except late nights
Next south Bay Ridge Avenue: R all times
Eighth Avenue (Sea Beach): N all times W selected rush-hour trips

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 36 St
to 53 St
to Bay Ridge Av
to 8 Av
G Street Level Exit/Entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
B Northbound local NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg toward Forest Hills–71st Avenue (Whitehall Street late nights) (53rd Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-N.svg late nights, NYCS-bull-trans-W.svg rush hours toward Astoria–Ditmars Boulevard (53rd Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Northbound express NYCS-bull-trans-N.svg toward Astoria–Ditmars Boulevard (36th Street)
Southbound express NYCS-bull-trans-N.svg toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (Eighth 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)
NYCS-bull-trans-W.svg toward Gravesend-86th Street 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.[3]

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.[4]

Notable places nearby[edit]

The Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, a major architectural landmark of Brooklyn, is nearby.[4]

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.[5][6] There is a Maintenance of Way shed that was built on the southbound trackway.[7] The northbound trackway is unobstructed, albeit much darker.[8] 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". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. June 22, 1915. Retrieved 29 June 2015 – via Newspapers.com. 
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York: Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  3. ^ Marrero, Robert (2017-01-01). "472 Stations, 850 Miles" (PDF). B24 Blog, via Dropbox. Retrieved 2015-10-09. 
  4. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Sunset Park" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  5. ^ Staten Island Rapid Transit; The Essential History, by Irvin Leigh and Paul Matus; Page 9 (The Third Rail Online)
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ 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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