Eighth Avenue station (BMT Sea Beach Line)

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 8 Avenue
 "N" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
8th Avenue - Sea Beach.jpg
Station statistics
AddressEighth Avenue & 62nd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11220
BoroughBrooklyn
LocaleSunset Park
Coordinates40°38′4.41″N 74°0′38.5″W / 40.6345583°N 74.010694°W / 40.6345583; -74.010694Coordinates: 40°38′4.41″N 74°0′38.5″W / 40.6345583°N 74.010694°W / 40.6345583; -74.010694
DivisionB (BMT)
LineBMT Sea Beach Line
Services      N all times (all times)
      W selected rush-hour trips (selected rush-hour trips)
Transit connectionsBus transport New York City Bus: B9 (on 60th Street), B70
StructureOpen-cut
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks4 (2 in regular service)
Other information
OpenedJune 22, 1915; 104 years ago (1915-06-22)[1]
Station code071[2]
Accessiblenot ADA-accessible; currently undergoing renovations for ADA access
Traffic
Passengers (2018)3,700,661[3]Decrease 9.5%
Rank129 out of 424
Station succession
Next north59th Street: N all timesW selected rush-hour trips
Next southFort Hamilton Parkway: N all timesW selected rush-hour trips

Eighth Avenue is a local station on the BMT Sea Beach Line of the New York City Subway. It is located in the Chinatown section of Sunset Park, Brooklyn, at the intersection of Eighth Avenue and 62nd Street. It is served by the N train at all times and several W trains during rush hours.

Eighth Avenue is the northernmost stop on the Sea Beach Line. West of this station, the tracks curve northward and become the express tracks of the BMT Fourth Avenue Line. The station serves the Sunset Park Chinatown, which is the oldest Chinatown in Brooklyn.

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
G Street level Station building, entrance/exit, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
P
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local "N" train "W" train toward Astoria–Ditmars Boulevard (59th Street)
Northbound express  Trackbed
Southbound express No regular service
Southbound local "N" train toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue, "W" train toward 86th Street (Fort Hamilton Parkway)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

This open-cut station opened on June 22, 1915.[1] It has four tracks and two side platforms, but the two center express tracks are not normally used. The Coney Island-bound track has been disconnected from the line and the Manhattan-bound track is signaled for trains in both directions. Both platforms have beige concrete fences in the lower half and green metal windscreens in the upper half. Brown canopies with green support columns and frames run along the entire length and the station signs are at the standard black name plate in white Helvetica lettering.

The LIRR Bay Ridge Branch crosses underneath and is visible from the north end of the station.

Station house

This is the northernmost station on the Sea Beach Line. North of here, the Coney Island-bound express track dead ends while the Manhattan-bound express track merges with the local tracks as the line curves north and enters the tunnel into the BMT Fourth Avenue Line.

This station, along with eight others along the Sea Beach Line, is under renovations, which will include installation of two ADA-accessible elevators (original plans were to construct two wheelchair ramps to each platform).[4] The Manhattan-bound platform was closed from January 18, 2016 to May 22, 2017 and a temporary platform was set up on the Coney Island express track for Manhattan-bound service.[5][6] The Coney Island-bound platform was closed for a much longer period of time, from July 31, 2017 to July 1, 2019. During this time, southbound trains use the northbound express track and the temporary platform.[7][8] The project to make the station ADA-accessible was originally expected to be completed in December 2018.[9] As of November 2018, the elevators' construction was projected to be completed in October 2019, with the southbound platform's elevator opening that spring, followed by the northbound platform's elevator later that year.[10]

Exits[edit]

Seventh Avenue station building following renovation, 2019

The station has an entrance at the extreme east end, which is a beige street-level station house on the Eighth Avenue overpass at 62nd Street above the platforms and tracks. A single staircase from each platform goes up to a crossover, where a set of doors lead to the waiting area above the station house. A turnstile bank leads to the token booth and exit doors.[11]

The station also has an entrance at the extreme west end, with two staircases from each platform leading up to Seventh Avenue and 62nd Street. In the past, it was closed due to high crime and repurposed into a maintenance shop.[12] The staircases and overpass above the tracks remained intact, and the entrances were reopened in February 2019 as part of the reconstruction of this station.[13][14]:129

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Through Tube to Coney, 48 Minutes: First Train on Fourth Avenue Route Beats West End Line Eleven Minutes". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. June 22, 1915. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  2. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  4. ^ "New York City Transit and Bus Committee Meeting" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. December 13, 2017. p. 150. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  5. ^ "Two elevators coming to the N line during massive rehabilitation". October 4, 2013. Archived from the original on March 13, 2014. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  6. ^ "New York City Subway Map" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 1, 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 2, 2017. Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  7. ^ DeJesus, Jaime (May 17, 2017). "Manhattan-bound service to return to N stations on Sea Beach Line". brooklynreporter.com. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  8. ^ "Manhattan-Bound Service Returns to N Stations on Sea Beach Line". www.mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 17, 2017. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  9. ^ "T6041318 ADA Accessibility at 8th Avenue Station on the Sea Beach Line". web.mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  10. ^ "Capital Program Oversight Committee Meeting November 2018" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. November 13, 2018. p. 92. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  11. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Sunset Park" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  12. ^ http://www.pcac.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/2001-Reopening-Closed-Entrances.pdf
  13. ^ Jaeger, Max (July 1, 2014). "Crowded Sunset Park subway station to get second exit". Brooklyn Daily. Retrieved April 27, 2017.
  14. ^ "Capital Program Oversight Committee Meeting April 2017" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. April 24, 2017. Retrieved April 27, 2017.

External links[edit]

Construction work