Cortelyou Road station

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 Cortelyou Road
 "Q" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Cortelyou Road - Coney Island Bound Platform.jpg
Southbound platform
Station statistics
AddressCortelyou Road & East 16th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11226
LocaleDitmas Park, Flatbush
Coordinates40°38′30″N 73°57′51″W / 40.641597°N 73.9643°W / 40.641597; -73.9643Coordinates: 40°38′30″N 73°57′51″W / 40.641597°N 73.9643°W / 40.641597; -73.9643
DivisionB (BMT)[1]
LineBMT Brighton Line
Services   Q all times (all times)
TransitBus transport MTA Bus: B103, BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4
Platforms2 side platforms
Other information
Openedoriginal station: c. 1900
Rebuiltcurrent station: 1907; 115 years ago (1907)
Station code046[2]
Former/other namesAvenue C
20191,957,538[4]Decrease 1.9%
Rank241 out of 424[4]
Station succession
Next northBeverley Road: Q all times
Next southNewkirk Plaza: Q all times
Cortelyou Road station is located in New York City Subway
Cortelyou Road station
Cortelyou Road station is located in New York City
Cortelyou Road station
Cortelyou Road station is located in New York
Cortelyou Road station
Track layout

Street map

Station service legend
Symbol Description
Stops all times Stops all times

The Cortelyou Road station is a local station on the BMT Brighton Line of the New York City Subway, located at Cortelyou Road between Marlborough Road (East 15th Street) and East 16th Street in the neighborhood of Flatbush, Brooklyn. The station is served by the Q train at all times.[5]


The station, and the road it is named after, are named for 17th-century tutor and surveyor Jacques Cortelyou, who had a hand in the establishment of New Utrecht.[6]

The original station at this location was opened around 1900 as a two-track street-level side platform station running south from a grade crossing at Avenue C. The station was established to serve the commercial area of Avenue C, a major thoroughfare which boasted the only east–west streetcar line between Church Avenue in Flatbush and Sheepshead Bay. The current station house and below-grade platforms were completed at the end of 1907. At the same time, the station was renamed from Avenue C[7] to Cortelyou Road.

During the 1964–1965 fiscal year, the platforms at Cortelyou Road, along with those at six other stations on the Brighton Line, were lengthened to 615 feet (187 m) to accommodate a ten-car train of 60 feet (18 m)-long IND cars, or a nine-car train of 67 feet (20 m)-long BMT cars.[8]

Between 1994 and 1996, the station was completely rebuilt with new turnstiles, waiting areas, stairways, and a new token booth. The platforms were renovated and brighter fluorescent lighting was added. A temporary token booth was constructed during the renovation. During the end of the station project, southbound trains bypassed the station between October 11 and November 17, 1995, and northbound trains did the same between November 18 and December 22, 1995. Between December 22, 1995, and April 1996, southbound trains only stopped at the station for exiting only.[9]

From July to October 28, 2013, the northbound platform was closed as part of a component repair project.[10][11] From February 21 to June 13, 2014, the southbound platform was closed as part of a $3.2 million component repair project, which included work at the Beverley Road and Parkside Avenue stations.[12][13]

Station layout[edit]

G Street level Station building, entrance/exit, station agent, MetroCard machines
Platform level
Side platform
Northbound local "Q" train toward 96th Street (Beverley Road)
Northbound express "B" train does not stop here
Southbound express "B" train does not stop here →
Southbound local "Q" train toward Coney Island (Newkirk Plaza)
Side platform
Station house, with Beverley Road station in the distance

This open-cut station has four tracks and two side platforms, typical for a New York City Subway local station.[14]

The station physically resembles the nearby Beverley Road station as the layout and station house are both the same. There are some differences, however. This station has blue columns while Beverley Road has green, there is a signal house for New York City Transit use on the north end that replicates the station house across the street, and the location of the station house in relation to the platforms, is slightly to the north compared to the same location at Beverley Road. Colors at this station are green and beige.


The station's sole entrance is through a station house at Cortelyou Road between Marlborough Road and East 16th Street.[15] The station house features artwork called Garden Stops by Patsy Norvell, which has etched images of leaves on the glass windows inside fare control facing the south. The artwork can be seen from both inside the mezzanine and while standing on either platform to the south; this artwork is also visible at the neighboring Beverley Road station.[16]


  1. ^ "Glossary". Second Avenue Subway Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) (PDF). Vol. 1. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. March 4, 2003. pp. 1–2. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 26, 2021. Retrieved January 1, 2021.
  2. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2014–2019". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2020. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2014–2019". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2020. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  5. ^ "Q Subway Timetable, Effective December 19, 2021" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved February 3, 2022.
  6. ^ Wilson, Claire (June 5, 2005). "A Commercial Strip Gaining in Charm". The New York Times. Retrieved August 11, 2016.
  7. ^ Annual Report for the Year Ended ... New York State Public Service Commission. 1921.
  8. ^ Annual Report 1964–1965. New York City Transit Authority. 1965.
  9. ^ "Service Change: D Q Rehabilitation of Cortelyou Road Station". New York City Transit. 1995. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |url= (help)
  10. ^ "Manhattan-bound Brighton Q Line Platforms at Three Stations to Re-open After 4-Month Closure". Retrieved October 9, 2016.
  11. ^ "Cortelyou Road station rehab will kill our business, merchants say". The Brooklyn Paper. Retrieved October 9, 2016.
  12. ^ "Brooklyn-bound Cortelyou Rd Q Line Platform Re-opens". Retrieved October 9, 2016.
  13. ^ "Brighton Line Subway Station Rehabilitation". Retrieved October 9, 2016.
  14. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  15. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Flatbush" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  16. ^ "CultureNOW - Garden Stops: Patsy Norvell and MTA Arts & Design".

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