East 105th Street station

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 East 105 Street
 "L" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
East 105th Street Station.jpg
Platform view; the station house at East 105th Street is in the background
Station statistics
AddressEast 105th Street & Farragut Road
Brooklyn, NY 11236
Coordinates40°39′05″N 73°53′56″W / 40.651308°N 73.899021°W / 40.651308; -73.899021Coordinates: 40°39′05″N 73°53′56″W / 40.651308°N 73.899021°W / 40.651308; -73.899021
DivisionB (BMT)
Line      BMT Canarsie Line
Services      L all times (all times)
Platforms1 island platform
Tracks3 (1 not for passenger service)
Other information
OpenedJuly 28, 1906; 113 years ago (1906-07-28)
Station code137[1]
OMNY acceptedNo
Opposite-direction transfer availableYes
Passengers (2018)1,139,556[2]Decrease 5.2%
Rank335 out of 424
Station succession
Next northNew Lots Avenue: L all times
Next southCanarsie – Rockaway Parkway: L all times

East 105th Street is a grade-level station on the BMT Canarsie Line of the New York City Subway. Located near East 105th Street between Foster Avenue and Farragut Road in Canarsie, Brooklyn,[3] it is served by the L train at all times.[4]


This opened on July 28, 1906 as a replacement for a former station along a steam dummy line known as the Brooklyn and Rockaway Beach Railroad.

The station was rebuilt twice: in the 1970s and in 2005. The latter renovation cost $9.66 million.[5]

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
platform level
Southbound "L" train toward Canarsie (Terminus)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Northbound "L" train toward Eighth Avenue (New Lots Avenue)
Yard lead No passenger service
Street Level Exit/Entrance
Site of former grade crossing at the station

This grade-level station has three tracks and a narrow island platform. The platform, which only has one single-sided bench, serves the middle track (Manhattan-bound) and northern one (Rockaway Parkway-bound). The southern-most track is a stub-end track that leads to the Canarsie Yard.[6]

The only grade crossing of the subway system was located at where East 105th Street crossed the Canarsie Line.[7] It was eliminated in the 1970s and is located at the site of the current station house. The crossing was closed on August 5, 1973.[8][9][10] The grade crossing elimination was part of the construction of the Flatlands Industrial Park.[11]

The MTA still lists the station being at Turnbull Avenue, a dirt road which once ran along the tracks but no longer exists.[12] A part of Turnbull Avenue, directly northeast of the station, is still extant as a driveway that runs to the southeast of the line from Stanley Avenue/East 108th Street to just short of the East 105th Street station's station house.[13]

The artwork here is called Crescendo by Michael Ingui. Installed during a 2007 renovation, it consists of stained glass windows near the staircases.[14][15] The renovation also resulted in a short canopy being installed above the platform. There is a substation just south of the station.[16]


The station's only exit and entrance is via a station house directly above the platform and tracks at their extreme east (railroad north) end. A staircase from the platform goes up to a waiting area, where a turnstile bank provides access to and from the station. Outside fare control, there is a token booth and two staircases, each going down to both dead-ends of East 105th Street.[17]


  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  3. ^ "Neighborhood Map Brownsville Ocean Hill East New York Remsen Village" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  4. ^ "L Subway Timetable, Effective June 24, 2018" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  5. ^ MTA 2006 Adopted Budget - February Financial Plan - Part 3 (PDF) (Report). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2006. p. 46. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 27, 2020. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  6. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ Bennett, Charles G. (July 24, 1959). "Yes, City Transit System Has a Grade Crossing; City Lets Canarsie Retain Gates At Sole Transit System Crossing". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  8. ^ "Last Grade Crossing on Subway System Is Closed". New York Times. August 6, 1973. p. 28. Retrieved January 2, 2007.
  9. ^ "New York City Transit Facts & Figures: 1979" (PDF). La Guardia and Wagner Archives. Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York City Transit Authority. 1979. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  10. ^ New York City Transit's Facts & Figures Celebrating 90 Years of Subway Service 1904–1994. New York City Transit. 1994. p. 4.
  11. ^ Fowler, Glenn (September 6, 1970). "Flatlands Industrial Park, Year Old, Making Strides". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  12. ^ L Train timetable
  13. ^ "CANARSIE, Brooklyn Part 1 - Forgotten New York". forgotten-ny.com. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  14. ^ "www.nycsubway.org: Artwork: Crescendo (Michael Ingui)". www.nycsubway.org. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  15. ^ "MTA | Press Release | MTA Headquarters | MTA Arts for Transit and Artist Michael Ingui Receive Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Award". www.mta.info. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  16. ^ Cox, Jeremiah. "East 105 Street (L) - The SubwayNut". subwaynut.com. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  17. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Brownsville" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved July 19, 2015.

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