86th Street (BMT Sea Beach Line)

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86th Street
"N" train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Gravesend-86th BMT jeh.JPG
South end
Station statistics
Address 86th Street & West Seventh Street
Brooklyn, NY 11223
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Gravesend
Coordinates 40°35′33.56″N 73°58′41.74″W / 40.5926556°N 73.9782611°W / 40.5926556; -73.9782611Coordinates: 40°35′33.56″N 73°58′41.74″W / 40.5926556°N 73.9782611°W / 40.5926556; -73.9782611
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Sea Beach Line
Services       N all times (all times)
      W selected rush-hour trips (selected rush-hour trips)
Transit connections Bus transport New York City Bus: B1, B4
Structure Open-cut
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4 (2 in regular service)
Other information
Opened June 22, 1915 (102 years ago) (1915-06-22)[1]
Station code 079[2]
Former/other names Gravesend–86th Street
Passengers (2016) 419,039[3]Decrease 51.2%
Rank 410 out of 422
Station succession
Next north Avenue U: N all times W selected rush-hour trips
Next south Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue: ZZZtemporarily closed for renovation

86th Street is a local station on the BMT Sea Beach Line of the New York City Subway, located at the intersection of 86th Street and West Seventh Street in Gravesend, Brooklyn.[4] This station is served by N trains at all times, and is the southern terminus for limited rush hour W trains.[5]

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
to Av U
G Station house Entrances/Exits
Station agent, MetroCard vending machines
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local "N" train "W" train toward Astoria–Ditmars Boulevard (Avenue U)
Northbound express No regular service
Southbound express "N" train does not stop here →
Southbound local No service (Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue)
Side platform, being renovated until 2018
Southbound platform

The station has four tracks and two side platforms. The two center express tracks are not normally used, but both are available for rerouted trains. To the south of the station, the four tracks merge into two tracks and there is a connection to the Coney Island Complex.[6] As of 2013, the Manhattan and Coney Island express tracks have been replaced with new track beds and new third rail protection boards.[citation needed]

There is a building on the Coney Island-bound platform for non-public uses. Like many other stations on the Sea Beach Line, the platforms are dilapidated and have paint-chipped columns. At the southern end of the station there is a pedestrian bridge for employees only that provides access to Coney Island Yard. South of the station the line exits the open cut and runs at-grade. Portions of the platform are located beneath 86th Street.[7]The Coney Island-bound platform is closed for renovation until Fall 2018.


Like other stations on the line, there used to be two entrances to the station. Only the northern entrance is open. The entrance to the station is through a station house at 86th Street between West 8th Street and West Seventh Street, and it has a crossover between platforms.[4] The closed southern entrance is now employee-access only and has a crossover between platforms.[8]


The station opened on June 22, 1915, as part of an expanded Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company operation to Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue.[1][9] Between 2001 and 2005, the station was known as Gravesend–86th Street when N trains originated/terminated here while the Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue terminal was reconstructed.[10] Some destination signage continues to use this name.[11]

From January 18, 2016 to May 22, 2017, the Manhattan-bound platform at this station was closed for renovations.[12][13][14] The Coney Island-bound platforms closed on July 31, 2017, with an expected reopening in Fall 2018. The limited rush hour W trips that serve Brooklyn terminate at Bay Parkway during this time.[15][16]


  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 June 29, 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. ^ a b "Neighborhood Map Coney Island" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved November 26, 2016. 
  5. ^ "N Subway Timetable, Effective June 25, 2017" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 25, 2017. 
  6. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books. 
  7. ^ Cox, Jeremiah. "86 Street (N) - The SubwayNut". subwaynut.com. Retrieved November 27, 2016. 
  8. ^ "www.nycsubway.org: BMT Sea Beach Line". www.nycsubway.org. Retrieved November 27, 2016. 
  9. ^ "NEW SUBWAY OPENS; MAYOR NOT PRESENT; Refuses to Attend 4th Av. Line Ceremony Because He Feels He Was Slighted. BAY RIDGE CELEBRATES 10,000 School Children Give Pageant In Honor of the Event -- Traffic Starts Tuesday.". The New York Times. June 20, 1915. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 27, 2016. 
  10. ^ "New York City Subway Map" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. February 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 26, 2004. Retrieved November 26, 2016. 
  11. ^ Caitsith810 (November 8, 2016), MTA New York City Subway : Gravesend-86th Street Bound R160A-2 W Train @ City Hall, retrieved November 27, 2016 
  12. ^ Romano, Denise (October 4, 2013). "Two elevators coming to the N line during massive rehabilitation". Brooklyn Reporter. Retrieved May 24, 2014. 
  13. ^ "N Line Sea Beach - 2016". web.mta.info. Retrieved January 18, 2016. 
  14. ^ "New York City Subway Map" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 1, 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 2, 2017. Retrieved May 2, 2017. 
  15. ^ DeJesus, Jaime (May 17, 2017). "Manhattan-bound service to return to N stations on Sea Beach Line". brooklynreporter.com. Retrieved May 18, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Manhattan-Bound Service Returns to N Stations on Sea Beach Line". www.mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 17, 2017. Retrieved May 26, 2017. 

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