Cypress Hills (BMT Jamaica Line)

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Cypress Hills
"J" train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Cypress hills station.jpeg
The station, middle trackbed and a R42 train stopped.
Station statistics
Address Hemlock Street & Jamaica Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11208
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Cypress Hills
Coordinates 40°41′23″N 73°52′23″W / 40.68972°N 73.87306°W / 40.68972; -73.87306Coordinates: 40°41′23″N 73°52′23″W / 40.68972°N 73.87306°W / 40.68972; -73.87306
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Jamaica Line
Services       J all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: B13, Q56
Structure Elevated
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened May 30, 1893; 124 years ago (1893-05-30)[1][2]
Rebuilt May 28, 1917; 100 years ago (1917-05-28)[2]
Former/other names Cypress Hills Cemetery
Passengers (2016) 462,143[3]Increase 2%
Rank 407 out of 422
Station succession
Next north 75th Street – Elderts Lane: J all except rush hours, peak direction
(J rush hours, peak direction skips to 85th Street – Forest Parkway)
Next south Crescent Street: J all times

Cypress Hills is a skip-stop station on the BMT Jamaica Line of the New York City Subway, located on Jamaica Avenue in the Cypress Hills neighborhood of northeastern Brooklyn. It is served by the J train at all times. The Z train bypasses it when it operates.

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
to 75 St
to Crescent St
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound "J" train toward Broad Street (Crescent Street)
"Z" train does not stop here
Center track No track or roadbed
Northbound "J" train toward Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer (85th Street – Forest Parkway rush hours, 75th Street – Elderts Lane other times)
"Z" train does not stop here →
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
Northbound platform

This is the northernmost station in Brooklyn on the BMT Jamaica Line. The next stop, 75th Street – Elderts Lane, is in Queens.

The original Cypress Hills station, opened on May 30, 1893,[1] had two tracks and one island platform and was located along Crescent Street, reaching the cemetery. This station was the terminal for the Jamaica Line when it opened.[4] It formerly had an island platform and stub-end located directly along Crescent Street just south of Jamaica Avenue that can still be seen approaching the cemetery east of the station.[1] The rebuilt station was constructed under the Dual Contracts and was opened on May 28, 1917.[2] The rebuilt station has two tracks and two side platforms. The removal of the island platform resulted in a space between the tracks. This space would allow for an express third track, but one was never built. Both platforms have beige windscreens and green canopies with brown roofs that run along the entire length.

Just west of this station are two sharp curves that trains must navigate at <15 mph. For this reason, a train must take more time to transverse this section than other sections of the line.

The 1990 artwork here is called Five Points of Observation, by Kathleen McCarthy. It affords a view of the street from the platforms and resembles a face when seen from the street. This artwork is also located in four other stations on the Jamaica Line.


The station's main entrance is at the south end. A single staircase from each platform leads to an elevated station house beneath the tracks. Inside are three turnstiles and a token booth. Outside of fare control, two street stairs lead to the corners of Hemlock and Crescent Streets.[5]

On the north end of the northbound platform, a single staircase leads to a landing outside of a now closed station house, where a single exit-only turnstile provides exit from the system. A street stair perpendicular to the line leads to Autumn Avenue, which ends at Jamaica Avenue.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Trains Running This Morning". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, NY. 30 May 1893. p. 10. 
  2. ^ a b c
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2011–2016". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 31, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ a b

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