Avenue H (BMT Brighton Line)

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Avenue H
"Q" train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Avenue H - Platform.JPG
Station statistics
Address Avenue H & East 16th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11230
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Midwood, Flatbush, Fiske Terrace
Coordinates 40°37′48″N 73°57′43″W / 40.630003°N 73.962016°W / 40.630003; -73.962016Coordinates: 40°37′48″N 73°57′43″W / 40.630003°N 73.962016°W / 40.630003; -73.962016
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Brighton Line
Services       Q all times (all times)
Structure Embankment
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened 1907; 110 years ago (1907)
Accessible This station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ADA-accessible (southbound only)
Former/other names Fiske Terrace
Passengers (2015) 899,662[1]Increase 0.4%
Rank 372 out of 422
Station succession
Next north Newkirk Plaza: Q all times
Next south Avenue J: Q all times

Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 north station not accessible northbound
Previous accessible station southbound: Prospect Park: Q all times
Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 south Kings Highway: Q all times
Designated June 29, 2004 [2]
Reference no. LP-2158

Avenue H is a local station on the BMT Brighton Line of the New York City Subway. Located at Avenue H between East 15th and East 16th Streets on the border of Midwood and Flatbush, Brooklyn, it is served by the Q train at all times.[3]

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
to Newkirk Plz
to Av J
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local "Q" train toward 96th Street (Newkirk Plaza)
Northbound express "B" train does not stop here
Southbound express "B" train does not stop here →
Southbound local "Q" train toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (Avenue J)
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
G Street Level Entrances/Exits
Station house to entrances/exits, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
Handicapped/disabled access (Ramp on north side of Avenue H and East 15th Street for southbound trains only)

The Avenue H station is laid out in a typical local stop setup.[4] There are four tracks and two side platforms. The center two tracks are the express tracks used by the B train on weekdays.[4][5] The 620 feet (190 m)-long platform accommodates full-length trains typically composed of eight 75 feet (23 m) cars, nine 67 feet (20 m) cars, or ten 60 feet (18 m) cars. The station is located at a transitional point on the right-of-way. North of the station, the roadbed ramps down to an open-cut. South of the station, the line is on a raised earthen embankment. This is the result of an increase of grade on the line in the early 1900s which then allowed it to pass over (rather than under, as before) the newly depressed grade of the Long Island Rail Road's Bay Ridge Branch and the nearby Manhattan Beach Junction station. The station platform lies over this crossing which exists between Avenues H and I.

Due to the change in elevation, the north end of this station is slightly above ground level and as a result, road traffic on Avenue H dead-ends on both sides of the line. However, there is a pedestrian tunnel underneath the embankment that connects the sidewalk on both sides.

The southbound (Coney Island-bound) local track is technically known as A1 while the northbound (Manhattan-bound) one is A2; the "A" designation is used for chaining purposes along the Brighton Line from the Manhattan Bridge to Coney Island. Although they cannot be accessed at Avenue H, the southbound and northbound express tracks are known as A3 and A4, respectively.[5]

Landmarked station house[edit]

Avenue H station house

The station was opened around 1900 as Fiske Terrace, a two-track surface station serving the new planned community of Fiske Terrace in Midwood. The station house, or headhouse, through which the station is entered, is a landmarked wood frame structure built in 1905 as a real estate office of the T.B. Ackerson Company to sell homes in the new community. It was converted to railroad use in 1907, at the same time that the station was renamed "Avenue H."

In 2003, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced plans to demolish the structure, citing its wood construction as a fire hazard. The community intervened, emphasizing the building's historic importance, architectural significance, connecting to the adjacent community and the fact that several other wooden station houses on the subway system had been given landmark status earlier.

On June 29, 2004, the station house was designated a landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. This allows renovations inside, but preserves the major structure and exterior. The contract to "restore the landmark station control house" as well as rehabilitation of the platforms and other stations structures was advertised for bids by the MTA for January 2007.

The official designation report describes the building:


The passageway underneath the tracks at Avenue H

This station underwent reconstruction from September 2009 to December 2011. Both platforms were rebuilt with new edges, windscreens, and canopies. An additional unstaffed station house on the extreme north end of the Coney Island-bound platform was added on what was once marshland. The new station house included an ADA-accessible ramp. The landmarked station house was also renovated, and several turnstiles were added to the station.[7]


Both of the station's entrances are at the north end of the station. The station's main entrance is the landmarked station house on the east side of the tracks, on the south side of Avenue H. There are turnstiles and a full-time booth in the station house. There is also a HEET adjacent to the station house, from which a stair leads to the northbound platform, and an underpass leads to a single staircase to the Coney Island-bound platform.[8] Access to these stairs is also available via turnstiles in the underpass. There is an exit-only turnstile on either side of the underpass.[8]

The ADA-accessible ramp and a stair leads to the unstaffed brick station house on the west side of the tracks. The ramp wraps around the station house to adjust for the height difference between the station house and ground level. This station house contains a bank of regular and High Entry/Exit Turnstiles as well as a part-time booth.[8]

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See also[edit]



  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  2. ^ Avenue H Station House (NYCLPC)
  3. ^ "Q Subway Timetable, Effective January 1, 2017" (PDF). New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved December 28, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Avenue H (BMT Brighton Line) NYCSubway Retrieved 2009-06-25
  5. ^ a b Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books. 
  6. ^ Landmarks Preservation Commission (2004-06-29). "Avenue H Station House" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  7. ^ http://forgotten-ny.com/2014/04/avenue-h-brighton-line/
  8. ^ a b c d e "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Flatbush" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 

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