Clark Street (IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line)

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Clark Street
"2" train "3" train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Clark Street-Brooklyn Heights.jpg
Station statistics
Address Clark Street & Henry Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Brooklyn Heights
Coordinates 40°41′51″N 73°59′35″W / 40.6974°N 73.9931°W / 40.6974; -73.9931Coordinates: 40°41′51″N 73°59′35″W / 40.6974°N 73.9931°W / 40.6974; -73.9931
Division A (IRT)
Line IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line
Services       2 weekdays and weekday late nights (weekdays and weekday late nights)
      3 weekdays only (weekdays only)
Structure Underground
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened April 15, 1919; 98 years ago (1919-04-15)
Accessible The mezzanine is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, but the platforms are not compliant ADA-accessible to mezzanine only; platforms are not ADA-accessible
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[1]
Former/other names Clark Street–Brooklyn Heights
Traffic
Passengers (2016) 2,000,024[2]Increase 0.1%
Rank 252 out of 422
Station succession
Next north Wall Street: 2 weekdays and weekday late nights 3 weekdays only
Next south Borough Hall: 2 weekdays and weekday late nights 3 weekdays only

Clark Street is a station on the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. It is located at Clark Street and Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn. It is served by the 2 and 3 trains on weekdays, with the 3 not stopping here late nights. During weekends, the station is closed.[3]

History[edit]

Track layout
to Wall St
to Boro Hall

On April 15, 1919, the Clark Street Tunnel opened, and this station opened with it, extending West Side Line express trains from Wall Street on the other side of the East River to Atlantic Avenue via a new connection at Borough Hall. The connection doubled the capacity between Manhattan and Brooklyn and eased congestion from the Joralemon Street Tunnel. Direct express service to Times Square was provided to the inhabitants of Brooklyn for the first time as a result.[4]

During the 1964–1965 fiscal year, the platforms at Clark Street, along with those at four other stations on the Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line, were lengthened to 525 feet to accommodate a ten-car train of 51-foot IRT cars.[5]

In 1981, the MTA listed the station among the 69 most deteriorated stations in the subway system.[6] In 1984–1985, construction was completed to rehabilitate the station. The station was chosen for renovation in 1979, and design work was done in early 1982. Artwork was to be contributed to the design. The platform was refinished, new lights and new signs were installed, and new painting was done. The project was projected to cost $1,250,000 but went over budget. The construction was projected to begin in January 1984, but it quickly fell behind schedule. Issues with the contractors contributed to the delays.[7]

In January 2017, Clark Street became the last underground station in the New York City Subway to receive Transit Wireless cell phone service.[8]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance, fare control, station agent
(Elevators in station house within Hotel St. George. Note: Platform level is not accessible)
M Mezzanine Lowest level served by elevators, walkway, stairs down to platform
P
Platform level
Northbound "2" train toward Wakefield–241st Street (Wall Street)
"3" train toward Harlem–148th Street (Wall Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Southbound "2" train toward Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College (Borough Hall)
"3" train toward New Lots Avenue (Borough Hall)
Fare control

Clark Street is geographically the westernmost station in Brooklyn on the Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line. It has one island platform and two tracks. Due to the deep-bore tunneling used to construct this part of the line, the station's walls are rounded. On the walls of the platforms are mosaics of sailing ships and large name panels reading Clark Street–Brooklyn Heights.

Exit[edit]

The platform has two staircases in the center that go up to a passageway, which leads to three elevators. The floor of the passageway contains a 1987 artwork titled Clark Street Passage by Ray Ring and the elevators go up to fare control, which is on the first floor of the now-defunct Hotel St. George. The station is not fully ADA-accessible, since there are no elevators or ramps that lead to the platform. The fare control area contains a small arcade of businesses and two doors that led to the former lobby and checking room of the hotel. The station's two entrances have awnings that read "Hotel St. George."[9]

This is one of three stations accessed by elevators only. The other two—168th Street and 181st Street—are on the same line in Upper Manhattan.

There is supposedly a locked entrance leading directly from the station to the nearby Brooklyn Bridge Park.[10] A 2008 study by Brooklyn Community Board 6 examined the possibility of creating a new entrance to the station from the park; however, it was deemed economically unfeasible.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2011–2016". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 31, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Clark St Tunnel Reconstruction Weekend Service Changes". web.mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. June 8, 2017. Retrieved June 8, 2017. 
  4. ^ "OPEN CLARK STREET LINE.; New Route Doubles Subway Service Between the Two Boroughs.". Retrieved 2016-08-26. 
  5. ^ Annual Report 1964–1965. New York City Transit Authority. 1965. 
  6. ^ Gargan, Edward A. (June 11, 1981). "AGENCY LISTS ITS 69 MOST DETERIORATED SUBWAY STATIONS". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  7. ^ Daley, Suzanne (1985-03-08). "YEAR OF ELAYS PLAGUE RENOVATION OF A BROOKLYN IRT STATION". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-08-28. 
  8. ^ Frost, Mary (2017-01-06). "Last NYC subway station to get cellphone service going live Monday at Clark Street in Brooklyn". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Retrieved 2017-01-07. 
  9. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Downtown Brooklyn and Borough Hall" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  10. ^ Georgia Kral (29 May 2015). "Secrets of Brooklyn Bridge Park". AM New York. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "Brooklyn Bridge Park Transportation+Access Study" (PDF). Brooklyn Community Board 6. 2008. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 

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