Eastern Parkway–Brooklyn Museum station

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 Eastern Parkway–
 Brooklyn Museum
 "2" train​​"3" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Eastern Parkway-Brooklyn Museum IRT Eastern Parkway 7.JPG
Manhattan-bound platform
Station statistics
AddressWashington Avenue & Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11238
LocaleProspect Heights
Coordinates40°40′18″N 73°57′46″W / 40.671622°N 73.96275°W / 40.671622; -73.96275Coordinates: 40°40′18″N 73°57′46″W / 40.671622°N 73.96275°W / 40.671622; -73.96275
DivisionA (IRT)[1]
LineIRT Eastern Parkway Line
Services   2 all times (all times)
   3 all except late nights (all except late nights)
   4 late nights, and limited rush hour service (late nights, and limited rush hour service)
TransitBus transport NYCT Bus: B45, B48
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks4 (2 on each level)
Other information
OpenedOctober 10, 1920; 102 years ago (1920-10-10)
AccessibleThis station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ADA-accessible
20191,338,351[3]Decrease 13.3%
Rank319 out of 424[3]
Preceding station New York City Subway New York City Subway Following station
Grand Army Plaza
2 all times3 all except late nights4 late nights, and limited rush hour service
NYCS-bull-trans-2-Std.svg NYCS-bull-trans-3-Std.svg
Franklin Avenue–Medgar Evers College
2 all times3 all except late nights4 late nights, and limited rush hour service
services split
"5" train does not stop here
Eastern Parkway–Brooklyn Museum station is located in New York City Subway
Eastern Parkway–Brooklyn Museum station
Eastern Parkway–Brooklyn Museum station is located in New York City
Eastern Parkway–Brooklyn Museum station
Eastern Parkway–Brooklyn Museum station is located in New York
Eastern Parkway–Brooklyn Museum station
Track layout

Street map

Station service legend
Symbol Description
Stops all times except late nights Stops all times except late nights
Stops all times Stops all times
Stops late nights only Stops late nights only

The Eastern Parkway–Brooklyn Museum station is a local station on the IRT Eastern Parkway Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn adjacent to the Brooklyn Museum, it is served by the 2 train at all times, the 3 train at all times except late nights, and the 4 train during late nights.


The name of the station was originally intended to be "Institute Park". However, the IRT received a petition from Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences to change the name of the station to "Brooklyn Museum" to provide an adequate guide for the station's location. As a result, an order was issued on March 3, 1920, changing the name of the station to "Eastern Parkway–Brooklyn Museum".[4] New signs and tiles had to be installed while the station finish work was already underway.[5]

The Bergen Street, Grand Army Plaza, and Eastern Parkway–Brooklyn Museum stations opened on October 9, 1920.[6] Service on the IRT Eastern Parkway Line had been extended from Atlantic Avenue to Utica Avenue in August 1920,[7] but the three stations were not ready to open with the rest of the line.[6] This extension was part of an expansion of the subway system known as the Dual Contracts which built not only IRT lines in Brooklyn but also those for the BMT.[6][8]

During the 1964–1965 fiscal year, the platforms at Eastern Parkway, along with those at four other stations on the Eastern Parkway Line, were lengthened to 525 feet to accommodate a ten-car train of 51-foot IRT cars.[9]

In 1981, the MTA announced the creation of its Culture Stations program to install public art in the subway. The Culture Stations program was started to deter graffiti, and was inspired by legislation in the New York City Council that mandated that 1% of the cost of constructing public buildings be used for art. The program was modeled on the Louvre – Rivoli station on the Paris Métro, which featured reproductions of the artwork on display in the Louvre. Four stations, namely Eastern Parkway–Brooklyn Museum, Astor Place, 66th Street–Lincoln Center, and Fifth Avenue/53rd Street, were selected for the program due to their proximity to cultural institutions.[10][11][12] These would be among the first stations in the MTA's new station refurbishment program, which began in 1982.[13] Initially, there was funding only for the Astor Place and Fifth Avenue/53rd Street stations.[12] The Eastern Parkway and 66th Street stations had still not been renovated by 1986, even though the Astor Place and Fifth Avenue/53rd Street projects had been completed by then.[14]

In 2002, it was announced that Eastern Parkway would be one of ten subway stations citywide to receive renovations.[15]

As part of the 2015–2019 MTA Capital Program, elevators will be added to the platforms and street, which would make the station fully compliant with accessibility guidelines under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.[16][17][18] A contract for the elevators' construction was awarded in August 2018. Substantial completion was projected for October 2020,[19] and the elevators opened two months later.[20][21] Designed by Urbahn Architects and constructed by Gramercy Group, the project cost $25.8 million and included three elevators and a rebuilt staircase.[22][23]

Station layout[edit]

G Street level Exit/entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
Disabled access Elevator to the south side of Eastern Parkway in front of the Brooklyn Museum
P Side platform Disabled access
Northbound local "2" train toward Wakefield–241st Street (Grand Army Plaza)
"3" train toward Harlem–148th Street (Grand Army Plaza)
"4" train toward Woodlawn late nights (Grand Army Plaza)
Southbound local "2" train toward Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College (Franklin Avenue–Medgar Evers College)
"3" train ("4" train late nights) toward New Lots Avenue (Franklin Avenue–Medgar Evers College)
Side platform Disabled access
Express Tracks Northbound express "4" train"5" train do not stop here
Southbound express "4" train"5" train do not stop here →

There are two local tracks with two side platforms. The express tracks pass underneath the station and are not visible from the platforms.[24] A large mosaic displays Eastern Parkway and Brooklyn Museum. In the eastern mezzanine are architectural ornaments from the Brooklyn Museum collection, installed during the 2003 renovation of the station.[25] The platforms and the eastern mezzanine formerly displayed abstract art paintings created in 1991 by artist Pat Steir, collectively called the Brueghel Series.[26] There is an emergency exit from the express level at the south end of each platform. There is a closed western mezzanine blocked by a tiled wall and a door on the west ends of both platforms; the entrances to this mezzanine have been covered with metal hatches on street level.


The only two exits to this station are from the east mezzanine:[27]

  • Eastern Parkway, south side in front of Brooklyn Museum.
    • The elevator is located by this entrance.
  • Eastern Parkway, north side mall across the street from Brooklyn Museum

Image gallery[edit]


  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. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2014–2019". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2020. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2014–2019". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2020. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  4. ^ "Station Name Changed After Public Hearing" (PDF). The Brooklyn Standard Union. March 4, 1920. p. 11. Retrieved July 4, 2018 – via fultonhistory.com.
  5. ^ Commission, New York (State) Transit (1922). Annual Report ... J.B. Lyon Company. p. 131.
  6. ^ a b c "Subway Stations Opened: Last Three in Eastern Parkway Branch of I.R.T. Put Into Service" (PDF). New York Times. October 11, 1920. Retrieved December 20, 2015.
  7. ^ "More Interborough Service for Brooklyn 2 New Lines". pudl.princeton.edu. Interborough Rapid Transit Company. August 23, 1920. Retrieved September 19, 2016.
  8. ^ "IRT Brooklyn Line Opened 90 Years Ago". New York Division Bulletin. New York Division, Electric Railroaders' Association. 53 (9). September 2010. Retrieved August 31, 2016 – via Issuu.
  9. ^ Annual Report 1964–1965. New York City Transit Authority. 1965.
  10. ^ Fitzpatrick, Tracy (2009). Art and the Subway: New York Underground. Rutgers University Press. p. 229. ISBN 9780813544526.
  11. ^ Wallach, Amei (September 11, 1985). "The Arts Go Underground". Newsday. p. 145. Retrieved July 3, 2022.
  12. ^ a b Anderson, Susan Heller (August 9, 1982). "How Culture in the Subways May Look". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved July 3, 2022.
  13. ^ "Untangling Knots in the Subway; Architect's Challenge Is to Make DeKalb Station Flow". The New York Times. February 3, 2000. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved September 12, 2019.
  14. ^ Brooke, James (June 20, 1986). "In Subway, an Accent on Culture". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved July 4, 2022.
  15. ^ "Renovation Is Set for 10 Subway Stations". NY Daily News. June 11, 2002. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  16. ^ "MTA Capital Program 2015-2019: Renew. Enhance. Expand" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. October 28, 2015. p. 61. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
  17. ^ "Funding For Subway Station ADA-Accessibility Approved". www.mta.info. April 26, 2018. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  18. ^ "MTA 2017 Preliminary Budget July Financial Plan 2017 –2020 Volume 2" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 2016. Retrieved August 6, 2016.
  19. ^ "Capital Program Oversight Committee Meeting November 2018" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. November 13, 2018. p. 90. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  20. ^ "Subway station for Brooklyn cultural icons now ADA compliant". Brooklyn Eagle. December 21, 2020. Retrieved December 27, 2020.
  21. ^ "See: New Elevators Unveiled At Brooklyn Museum Subway Station". Prospect Heights-Crown Heights, NY Patch. December 18, 2020. Retrieved May 5, 2021.
  22. ^ "MTA completes $29M upgrade to Brooklyn Museum subway station". Real Estate Weekly. November 18, 2021. Retrieved December 1, 2022.
  23. ^ "Urbahn Architects, Gramercy Group complete renovation at MTA's Eastern Parkway – Brooklyn Museum subway station". Mass Transit Magazine. January 3, 2022. Retrieved December 1, 2022.
  24. ^ Brooklyn IRT: Map 2, Brooklyn IRT Dual Contracts
  25. ^ "Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden". Brooklyn Museum. Retrieved October 20, 2017.
  26. ^ Brooklyn IRT: Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum
  27. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Park Slope/Prospect Park" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved August 2, 2015.

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