Church Avenue (IND Culver Line)

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 Church Avenue
 "F" train"G" train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Church Ave NYC Subway Station by David Shankbone.JPG
Station statistics
Address Church Avenue & McDonald Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11218
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Kensington
Coordinates 40°38′34.05″N 73°58′45.95″W / 40.6427917°N 73.9794306°W / 40.6427917; -73.9794306Coordinates: 40°38′34.05″N 73°58′45.95″W / 40.6427917°N 73.9794306°W / 40.6427917; -73.9794306
Division B (IND)
Line IND Culver Line
Services       F all times (all times)
      G all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: B35, B67, B69, B103
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 4 (2 in regular service)
Other information
Opened October 7, 1933; 84 years ago (1933-10-07)
Station code 243[1]
Accessible This station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ADA-accessible
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
Passengers (2016) 3,315,387[3]Decrease 1.1%
Rank 155 out of 422
Station succession
Next north Seventh Avenue (express): no regular service
Fort Hamilton Parkway (local): F all timesG all times
Next south Ditmas Avenue (local): F all times
18th Avenue (express): no regular service
(Terminal): G all times

Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 north Queens Plaza (via Crosstown): no regular service
Jay Street–MetroTech (via Culver): F all times
Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 south Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue: F all times
none: G all times

Church Avenue is an express station on the IND Culver Line of the New York City Subway. Located at Church and McDonald Avenues in Kensington, Brooklyn, it is served by the F and G trains at all times, the latter of which terminates here.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
Handicapped/disabled access (Elevator on NW corner of Church Avenue and McDonald Avenue)
Platform level
Northbound local "F" train toward Jamaica–179th Street (Fort Hamilton Parkway)
"G" train toward Court Square (Fort Hamilton Parkway)
Island platform, doors will open on the left Handicapped/disabled access
Northbound express No regular service
(No service: Seventh Avenue)
Southbound express No regular service
(No service: 18th Avenue)
Island platform, doors will open on the left Handicapped/disabled access
Southbound local "F" train toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (Ditmas Avenue)
"G" train termination track[4]

This underground station, opened on October 7, 1933, has four tracks and two island platforms. The two center express tracks are not normally used in revenue service.

Both outer track walls have a maroon trim line with a Tuscan red border and small signs below them reading "CHURCH" in white lettering on a black background. This tile band is set in a two-tile-high course, an arrangement normally seen at local stations. All i-beam columns in the station are colored Hunter green. The station signs are in the standard black name plates with white lettering.

Toilets on the southern mezzanine

There is a four track yard south of the station beneath the revenue tracks, which is used for storing and turning G trains.[5][6] South of the connection to the yard, the line ramps up to become a three track elevated line (with the express tracks merging into one track, with switches from the express to the local tracks in the respective directions) before entering Ditmas Avenue station.[7]


This station has a full length mezzanine above the platforms and tracks with two fare control areas. The full-time one is at the extreme south end. Two staircases and one elevator from each platform go up to the mezzanine, where public restrooms at the center are available and a turnstile bank provides entrance/exit to/from the station. Outside fare control, there is a token booth and staircases going up to all four corners of Church and McDonald Avenues.[8] There is also a ramp leading to an elevator that goes up to the west side of Church Avenue. The three elevators, installed during a 2008 renovation, make the station ADA accessible.[9]

The station's other fare control area at the north end is un-staffed. Three staircases from each platform go up to a mezzanine, where exit-only and High Entry/Exit Turnstiles provide entrance/exit to/from the station. Outside fare control, there are two staircases facing in different directions that go up to either southern corners of Albemarle Road and McDonald Avenues.[8] Crew facilities at the center of the mezzanine separate the two fare control areas.


New signal house
The Culver Ramp south of the station

This station is often used for shooting subway scenes for television shows and movies as the long mezzanine can be used for setting up production and the express tracks can be used for staging subway cars without interfering with normal service.[6]

On December 28, 1949, New Zealand athlete Jack Lovelock fell onto the tracks at this station after complaining about dizziness to his wife. He was then killed by an oncoming train.

In 1958, there was a program in which subway riders could get their clothes ironed at the station for a fee.[10]

On August 2, 1974, a robbery suspect was killed by a plainclothes police officer in the station. The former was suspected to have robbed a token booth in the station shortly beforehand.[11]

Despite this station being a part of the IND Division, the Culver elevated portion directly to the south of this station is controlled by BMT radio dispatch, and supervision, so train operators change between the IND (B-2) and BMT (B-1) radio frequencies at this point or station.[12]


  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  2. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2011–2016". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 31, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  4. ^ One AM rush hour F train terminates and originates at this station.
  5. ^ "Church Avenue Subway Yard". LTV Squad. November 23, 2015. Retrieved November 23, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Hollywood Underground: The Art of Making Movies in The New York City Subway". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved August 16, 2015. 
  7. ^ Marrero, Robert (January 1, 2017). "472 Stations, 850 Miles" (PDF). B24 Blog, via Dropbox. Retrieved April 27, 2018. 
  8. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Borough Park" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved July 19, 2015. 
  9. ^ "MTA NYC Transit Opens ADA Elevators at Church Avenue F Station in Brooklyn" (Press release). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 7, 2008. Retrieved July 9, 2008. 
  10. ^ "IND RIDERS TO GET CLEANING SERVICE". The New York Times. July 2, 1958. Retrieved July 15, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Suspect Killed in IND Station Holdup". The New York Times. August 2, 1974. Retrieved July 15, 2016. 
  12. ^ Cite error: The named reference tracks was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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