Brook Avenue (IRT Pelham Line)

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Brook Avenue
"6" train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Brook Av 6 IRT sta jeh.JPG
Southbound stair
Station statistics
Address Brook Avenue & East 138th Street
Bronx, NY 10454
Borough The Bronx
Locale Mott Haven
Coordinates 40°48′27″N 73°55′10″W / 40.80754°N 73.91932°W / 40.80754; -73.91932Coordinates: 40°48′27″N 73°55′10″W / 40.80754°N 73.91932°W / 40.80754; -73.91932
Division A (IRT)
Line IRT Pelham Line
Services       6 all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: Bx33
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 3
Other information
Opened January 7, 1919; 98 years ago (1919-01-07)[1]
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
Passengers (2015) 1,981,721[3]Decrease 1.1%
Rank 250 out of 425
Station succession
Next north Cypress Avenue: 6 all times
Next south Third Avenue – 138th Street: 6 all times

Brook Avenue is a local station on the IRT Pelham Line of the New York City Subway. It is served by the 6 train at all times and is located at Brook Avenue and East 138th Street in Mott Haven, Bronx.

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
to Cypress Av
to 3 Av
G Street Level Exit/Entrance
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound local "6" train toward Brooklyn Bridge–City Hall (Third Avenue–138th Street)
Peak-direction express "6" express train does not stop here →
Northbound local "6" train toward Pelham Bay Park or Parkchester (Cypress Avenue)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

This underground station, opened on January 7, 1919,[1] has two side platforms and three tracks. The center express track is used by the weekday peak direction <6> service.

Both platforms have their original Dual Contracts mosaic trim line and name tablets. "B" plaques for "Brook" alternating with plaques showing a pattern of concentric diamonds run along the trim line at regular intervals and the name tablets have "BROOK AVE." in all-caps, serif lettering. The trim line has a geometric Vickers design of brightly colored diamonds in blue and green, bordered by scarlet red and yellow bands. The tablets have a background of blue with a yellow-ochre border. Some of the tablets themselves, and sections of the trim line on both sides have been replaced in recent years with historically accurate replicas. Dark yellow i-beam columns run along the platforms at regular intervals with every other one having the standard black name plate with white lettering.

Both platforms were extended at either ends in the 1960s to accommodate the current standard length of an IRT train (510 feet). The extensions are noticeable as they are narrower than the rest of the platforms, have no columns, and the trim line is blue with "BROOK AVE" in white sans serif font. The extensions result in the platforms being slightly offset.

There are no crossovers or crossunders to allow free transfers between directions.

In 1981, the MTA listed the station among the 69 most deteriorated stations in the subway system.[4] However, under the 2015–2019 MTA Capital Plan, the station, along with thirty other New York City Subway stations, will undergo a complete overhaul and would be entirely closed for up to 6 months. Updates would include cellular service, Wi-Fi, charging stations, improved signage, and improved station lighting.[5][6]


Both platforms have one same-level fare control area at the center. Each one has a turnstile bank, token booth, and two street stairs. The ones on the Pelham Bay Park-bound platform go up to either southern corners of Brook Avenue and East 138th Street while the ones on the Manhattan-bound platform go up to either northern corners.[7]


  1. ^ a b "New Lines In Bronx Coming This Year: Rays of Rapid Transit to be Let Into Dark Sections in the West and North". The New York Times. January 7, 1919. Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  4. ^ Gargan, Edward A. (June 11, 1981). "AGENCY LISTS ITS 69 MOST DETERIORATED SUBWAY STATIONS". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "MTA Will Completely Close 30 Subway Stations For Months-Long "Revamp"". Gothamist. Retrieved 2016-07-18. 
  6. ^ "MTAStations" (PDF). Government of the State of New York. Retrieved 2016-07-18. 
  7. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Grand Concourse / Yankee Stadium" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 

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