Avenue H (BMT Brighton Line)
|New York City Subway rapid transit station|
|Address||Avenue H & East 16th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11230
|Locale||Midwood, Flatbush, Fiske Terrace|
|Line||BMT Brighton Line|
|Services||Q (all times)|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Accessible||ADA-accessible (southbound only)|
|Former/other names||Fiske Terrace|
|Passengers (2015)||899,662 0.4%|
|Rank||372 out of 422|
|Next north||Newkirk Plaza: Q|
|Next south||Avenue J: Q|
|Next north||station not accessible northbound
Previous accessible station southbound: Prospect Park: Q
|Next south||Kings Highway: Q|
|Designated||June 29, 2004 |
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.
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
|Northbound local||← toward 96th Street (Newkirk Plaza)|
|Northbound express||← does not stop here|
|Southbound express||→ does not stop here →|
|Southbound local||→ toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (Avenue J) →|
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
|Station house||to entrances/exits, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
(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. There are four tracks and two side platforms. The center two tracks are the express tracks used by the B train on weekdays. 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.
Landmarked 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 Avenue H station on the BMT line [...] is the city’s only shingled wooden cottage turned transit station house. Often compared to a country train stop, it originally served as a real estate sales office for developer Thomas Benton Ackerson to sell property in the adjacent neighborhood of Fiske Terrace, an early twentieth century example of planned suburban development. The structure, with a hipped and flared roof and wraparound porch, evokes in miniature the area’s Colonial Revival and Queen Anne houses. After nearly a century of commuter traffic, the Avenue H station remains in service and retains much historic fabric, from a corbelled chimney to peeled log porch columns. It is one of a very small number of wood-frame station houses surviving in the modern subway system, the only station adapted from a structure built for another function, and the only surviving station from Brooklyn’s once-extensive network of surface train lines, which had originally attracted Ackerson and numerous other developers to the area.||”|
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.
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. Access to these stairs is also available via turnstiles in the underpass. There is an exit-only turnstile on either side of the underpass.
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.
Nearby points of interest
- "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-19.
- Avenue H Station House (NYCLPC)
- "Q Subway Timetable, Effective January 1, 2017" (PDF). New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
- Avenue H (BMT Brighton Line) NYCSubway Retrieved 2009-06-25
- Dougherty, Peter (2006) . Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
- Landmarks Preservation Commission (2004-06-29). "Avenue H Station House" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-10-28.
- "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Flatbush" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
- The Little Station in the Woods — Historical article about the station before it was landmarked.
- Avenue H: Brooklyn Communities Save Their Landmark Station House
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Avenue H (BMT Brighton Line).|
- nycsubway.org – BMT Brighton Line: Avenue H
- Station Reporter — Q Train
- Subway.com.ru — Photos of: BMT Brighton Line: Avenue H
- Art's Archives — Manhattan Beach Branch     (Original photographs of the Avenue H station, signal houses and nearby Manhattan Beach Junction LIRR station)
- The Subway Nut — Avenue H Pictures
- Northbound station house from Google Maps Street View
- Southbound station house and underpass from Google Maps Street View
- Platforms from Google Maps Street View