Court Street–Borough Hall (New York City Subway)

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Court Street–Borough Hall
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New York City Subway rapid transit station complex
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Station statistics
Address Court Street between Joralemon Street & Montague Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights
Coordinates 40°41′37″N 73°59′25″W / 40.693655°N 73.990216°W / 40.693655; -73.990216Coordinates: 40°41′37″N 73°59′25″W / 40.693655°N 73.990216°W / 40.693655; -73.990216
Division A (IRT), B (BMT)
Line BMT Fourth Avenue Line
IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line
IRT Eastern Parkway Line
Services       2 all times (all times)
      3 all except late nights (all except late nights)
      4 all times (all times)
      5 weekdays until 8:45 p.m. (weekdays until 8:45 p.m.)
      N late nights (late nights)
      R all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: B25, B26, B38, B41, B45, B52
Bus transport MTA Bus: B103
Levels 3
Other information
Opened July 1, 1948[1]
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
Traffic
Passengers (2015) 11,360,058 (station complex)[3]Decrease 1%
Rank 27 out of 425

Court Street–Borough Hall is an underground New York City Subway station complex shared by the BMT Fourth Avenue/Broadway Line, the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line and the IRT Eastern Parkway/Lexington Avenue Line. The station is named Borough Hall on the IRT lines and Court Street on the BMT. Located at the intersection of Court, Joralemon and Montague Streets at the border of Downtown Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights, it is served by the:

  • 2, 4, and R trains at all times
  • 3 train at all times except late nights
  • 5 train weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.
  • N train during late nights only

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
Handicapped/disabled access (Elevator in front of Supreme Court Building at Court Street and Montague Street for NYCS-bull-trans-2.svg NYCS-bull-trans-3.svg and northbound NYCS-bull-trans-4.svg NYCS-bull-trans-5.svg)
B2 Northbound local NYCS-bull-trans-2.svg toward Wakefield–241st Street (Clark Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-3.svg toward Harlem–148th Street (Clark Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the left Handicapped/disabled access
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
Northbound express NYCS-bull-trans-4.svg toward Woodlawn (Bowling Green)
NYCS-bull-trans-5.svg toward Dyre Avenue weekdays till 8:45pm, Nereid Avenue PM rush hours (Bowling Green)
Southbound express NYCS-bull-trans-4.svg toward Utica Avenue (New Lots Avenue late nights) (Nevins Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-5.svg toward Flatbush Avenue weekdays till 8:45pm (Nevins Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
B3 Southbound local NYCS-bull-trans-2.svg toward Flatbush Avenue (Hoyt Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-3.svg toward New Lots Avenue (Hoyt Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
B4 Northbound NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg toward Forest Hills–71st Avenue (Whitehall Street late nights) (Whitehall Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-N.svg toward Ditmars Boulevard (late nights) (Whitehall Street)
(No regular service: Broad Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right
Southbound NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg toward 95th Street (NYCS-bull-trans-N.svg toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue late nights) (Jay Street–MetroTech)

IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line platforms[edit]

Borough Hall
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New York City Subway rapid transit station
3 train arriving in Borough Hall station.jpg
Manhattan-bound NYCS-bull-trans-3.svg train arriving
Station statistics
Division A (IRT)
Line IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line
Services       2 all times (all times)
      3 all except late nights (all except late nights)
Structure Underground
Levels 2
Platforms 2 side platforms (1 on each level)
Tracks 2 (1 on each level)
Other information
Opened April 15, 1919; 97 years ago (1919-04-15)
Accessible This station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
Station succession
Next north Clark Street: 2 all times 3 all except late nights
Next south Hoyt Street: 2 all times 3 all except late nights


Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 north Fulton Street: 2 all times 3 all except late nights
Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 south Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center: 2 all times 3 all except late nights
Track layout
to Clark St
Superimposed track section
(Right track above left one)
to Hoyt St
Upper level
Lower level
Station identification mosaic

Borough Hall on the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line, opened on April 15, 1919, has two levels. Each level has one track with a side platform on the south side. Manhattan-bound trains use the upper level while southbound trains use the lower one.

Both platforms have their original IRT trim line and name tablets reading "BOROUGH HALL" in a serif lettering style. Tablets showing images of Borough Hall run at regular intervals on the trim line. Dark blue I-beam columns run along both platforms at regular intervals with alternating ones having the standard black station name plate in white lettering.

At the eastern (railroad south) end of the platforms, a staircase from the lower level goes up to the upper level, where a passageway connects to the Manhattan-bound platform of the IRT Eastern Parkway Line section of the complex. Also, the southbound track crosses under the tracks of the Eastern Parkway Line, and both tracks become the local tracks for the line.

In 1976, with funding from the Exxon Corporation, this station, as well as three others citywide, received new "artfully humorous graffiti" murals and artwork.[4] Local designer Samuel Lebowitz received $5,000 to "improve the level of lighting in an exciting and light hearted way." Some "multicolored animated neon signs" were placed underneath transparent plastic screens; such signs included "an abstract eye that winks every five seconds" and another that looked to be "blow[ing] smoke rings."[4]

Exits[edit]

The fare control for this section of the station complex is at the west (railroad north) end of the platforms. A staircase from the lower level goes up to the upper level before another staircase goes up to the mezzanine. The lower level also has an up-only escalator that bypasses the upper level, leading directly to the mezzanine. A single elevator stopping at all three levels makes this part of the complex ADA-accessible. The mezzanine has a passageway leading to the BMT platform and two public restrooms inside fare control. Outside the turnstile bank that provides entrance/exit from the station, there is a token booth, two staircases going up to the southeast corner of Court and Montague Streets, and a staircase and elevator going up to Columbus Park, the entrance plaza of Borough Hall, on the east side of Court Street.[5]

IRT Eastern Parkway Line platforms[edit]

Borough Hall
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New York City Subway rapid transit station
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Station statistics
Division A (IRT)
Line IRT Eastern Parkway Line
Services       4 all times (all times)
      5 weekdays until 8:45 p.m. (weekdays until 8:45 p.m.)
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened January 9, 1908; 109 years ago (1908-01-09)
Accessible This station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (northbound only)
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
Station succession
Next north Bowling Green: 4 all times 5 weekdays until 8:45 p.m.
Next south Nevins Street: 4 all times 5 weekdays until 8:45 p.m.


Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 north Bowling Green: 4 all times 5 weekdays until 8:45 p.m.
Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 south station not accessible southbound
Previous accessible station northbound: Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center: 4 all times 5 weekdays until 8:45 p.m.

Borough Hall Subway Station (IRT)
MPS New York City Subway System MPS
NRHP Reference # 04001022[6]
Added to NRHP September 17, 2004
Track layout
to Bowling Green
to Nevins St
Station identification mosaic and cartouches

Borough Hall on the IRT Eastern Parkway Line has two tracks and two side platforms. This was the first underground subway station in Brooklyn, opened on January 9, 1908, as the terminal for the extension of the IRT Lexington Avenue Line from Lower Manhattan.[7][8] It provided easy access to the BRT elevated Fulton Street Line and Myrtle Avenue Line, although a separate fare had to be paid.

Both platforms have their original terra-cotta wall reliefs and name tablets reading "BOROUGH HALL" in sans serif lettering. "BH" tablets run along the reliefs at regular intervals. At the extreme east (railroad south) end of the platforms, where they were extended in the 1950s to accommodate the current standard "A" Division train length, there is a brown trim line on beige tiles with "BOROUGH HALL" in white sans serif lettering. Narrow I-beam columns painted in dark green run along both platforms at regular intervals.

The Manhattan-bound platform has a passageway leading to the Manhattan-bound platform of the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line section of the complex at the east (railroad south) end. As a result, only this platform is ADA-accessible.

Railroad south (compass east) of this station, the two tracks become the express tracks of the IRT Eastern Parkway Line and the two tracks of the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line become the local tracks. As a result, Manhattan-bound trains on that line can be seen from the eastern end of the platforms as they turn away into their own tunnel.

The Borough Hall IRT Eastern Parkway Line station has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since September 17, 2004.[9]

Exits[edit]

The main fare control area is at the center of the platforms and tracks. Two overpasses connect the two platforms with two staircases to each of them. On the Manhattan-bound side, the overpasses have full height turnstiles leading to an unstaffed mezzanine and two staircases going up to the northeast corner of Court and Joralemon Streets. On the southbound side, the overpasses have small turnstile banks leading to a mezzanine that has a token booth and two staircases going up to the southeast corner of Court and Joralemon Streets. The banisters on these staircases are made of concrete since they are outside the Brooklyn Municipal Building. The mezzanine has a large set of doors leading into the building (this entrance was closed in February 1996 due to security concerns), a plaque commemorating the subway's arrival in Brooklyn, and a now defunct bank teller window. An overpass between the two platforms connects the two mezzanine areas.[5]

This section of the station complex has an unstaffed fare control area at the extreme north (geographical west) end. A single staircase from each platform goes up to a crossover, where a turnstile bank and two exit-only turnstiles provide entrance/exit from the station. Outside fare control, two staircases go up to either western corners of Livingston and Court Streets.[5]

Image gallery[edit]

BMT Fourth Avenue Line platform[edit]

Court Street
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New York City Subway rapid transit station
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Southbound NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg train approaching
Station statistics
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Fourth Avenue Line
Services       N late nights (late nights)
      R all times (all times)
Structure Underground
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened August 1, 1920; 96 years ago (1920-08-01)
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
Station succession
Next north Whitehall Street–South Ferry (Broadway): N late nights R all times
Broad Street (Nassau Street): no regular service
Next south Jay Street–MetroTech: N late nights R all times
Track layout
to Whitehall St
to Jay St–MetroTech

Court Street on the BMT Fourth Avenue Line is a local station with two tracks and an island platform, opened on August 1, 1920.[10] Due to the depth, both track walls are curved; they also still have their original Dual Contracts mosaic tablets and trim line. The name tablets have "COURT ST." in serif lettering, and tablets showing scenes of Borough Hall run along the trim line at regular intervals. The western end (railroad north) of the walls are plain white.

Yellow I-beam columns run along both sides of the island platform at regular intervals with alternating ones having the standard black station name plate in white lettering. Some of these show the name "Carnegie", from Carnegie Steel (predecessor of United States Steel).

This portion of the complex is not ADA-accessible as there are no elevators from the platform going to fare control. The elevator from the street to fare control is only for the services at the IRT stations.

To the west of the station, the line goes through the Montague Street Tunnel under the East River to connect to the BMT Broadway Line and the BMT Nassau Street Line. Currently, all trains use the former connection. The latter connection has been unused since the rerouting of the M train in June 2010.

Exits[edit]

At the east (railroad south) end of the platform, two staircases go up a landing, where two staircases and two escalators go up to a passageway that leads to the fare control area of the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line. At the west (railroad north) of the platform, a single staircase goes up to a landing where two elevators and an emergency staircase that is commonly opened for public use go up to a mezzanine. The elevator banks here have two pairs of doors to each elevator car. The mezzanine has a part-time turnstile bank and customer assistance booth (full height turnstiles provide entrance/exit from the station at all times) and two staircases going up to either western corners of Montague and Clinton Streets. The northwest staircase has an antique "SUBWAY" white and green globe sign since it is in the front yard of St. Ann's and Holy Trinity Church (the mezzanine has a mosaic sign with the church's name on it) while the southwest staircase is next to the basement entrance of a Kiddie Korner daycare.[5]

Image gallery[edit]

Surface connections[edit]

In 1916, a single-track counterclockwise trolley loop was built around Borough Hall with both ends at Joralemon Street and access from westbound Fulton Street to the loop and from the loop to southbound Court Street.[citation needed] Passengers on lines that used the loop, Court Street, or Fulton Street could transfer to the entrance of this station complex bounded by those two streets and the loop, north of Borough Hall. The lines that used this loop included:[11]

There were other lines that passed Borough Hall and thus served the station. On Court Street, such lines included:

On Fulton Street:

On Joralemon Street:

On April 7, 1930, the Brooklyn–Manhattan Transit Corporation eliminated the loop to relieve congestion.[12][13] Several lines were moved to a loop on Washington Street north of Tillary Street or a clockwise loop on Livingston Street, Court Street, Joralemon Street, Fulton Street, and Boerum Place.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ New York Times, Transfer Points Under Higher Fare, June 30, 1948, page 19
  2. ^ a b c d "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. ^ a b Burks, Edward C. (1976-11-18). "A Subway Elongatomus? Why, It's Preposterous!". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-09-21. 
  5. ^ a b c d "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Downtown Brooklyn and Borough Hall" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved December 12, 2011. 
  7. ^ "SUBWAY TO BROOKLYN OPENED FOR TRAFFIC; First Regular Passenger Train Went Under the East River Early This Morning. NOT A HITCH IN THE SERVICE Gov. Hughes and Brooklyn Officials to Join in a Formal Celebration of Event To-day. SUBWAY TO BROOKLYN OPENED TO TRAFFIC". Retrieved 2016-09-01. 
  8. ^ "Brooklyn Joyful Over Its Tunnel". The New York Times. January 10, 1908. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  9. ^ Borough Hall Subway Station (IRT); (NRHP)
  10. ^ "Two River Tunnels Opened 90 Years Ago". The Bulletin. New York Division, Electric Railroaders' Association. 53 (8). August 2010. Retrieved August 26, 2016 – via Issu. 
  11. ^ Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn Daily Eagle Almanac, 1916
  12. ^ New York Times, Reroute Cars to Aid Brooklyn Traffic, April 1, 1930, page 14
  13. ^ New York Times, Brooklyn Accepts New Traffic Rules, April 8, 1930, page 24

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