Hewes Street (BMT Jamaica Line)

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 Hewes Street
 "J" train"M" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway rapid transit station
Hewes Street - Jamaica & Metropolitan Bound Platform 2.jpg
Northbound platform
Station statistics
Address Hewes Street & Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Williamsburg
Coordinates 40°42′24″N 73°57′11″W / 40.706669°N 73.953009°W / 40.706669; -73.953009Coordinates: 40°42′24″N 73°57′11″W / 40.706669°N 73.953009°W / 40.706669; -73.953009
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Jamaica Line
Services       J all times except weekdays 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., peak direction (all times except weekdays 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., peak direction)
      M all times except late nights (all times except late nights)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: B46
Structure Elevated
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 3
Other information
Opened June 25, 1888; 130 years ago (1888-06-25)[1]
Station code 100[2]
Passengers (2017) 894,671[3]Decrease 2%
Rank 372 out of 425
Station succession
Next east Lorimer Street: J all times except weekdays 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., peak directionM all times except late nights
Next west Marcy Avenue: J all times except weekdays 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., peak directionM all times except late nights

Hewes Street is a local station on the BMT Jamaica Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Hewes Street and Broadway in Brooklyn, it is served by the J train at all times except weekdays in the peak direction and the M train at all times except late nights. The Z train skips this station when it operates.

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Westbound local[4] "J" train (except weekday mornings) toward Broad Street (Marcy Avenue)
"M" train toward Forest Hills–71st Avenue weekdays, Essex Street weekends (Marcy Avenue)
Peak-direction express "J" train "Z" train do not stop here (weekdays in the peak direction) →
Eastbound local[4] "J" train (except weekday afternoons) toward Jamaica Center–Parsons/Archer (Lorimer Street)
"M" train toward Middle Village–Metropolitan Avenue except late nights (Lorimer Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
G Street Level Exit / Entrance
Manhattan-bound R32 "J" train train bypassing this station

This elevated station, built four stories above street level and opened on June 25, 1888,[1] has two side platforms and three tracks. The center track is used by the J and Z trains in the peak direction weekday midday and rush hours. Each platform has beige windscreens, green canopies, and red roofs that run from end to end.

The artwork here is called El in 16 Notes by Mara Held. It features sixteen panels of art glass, each containing random geometric shapes and is based on shapes found in dress patterns.


The station's only active entrance is at the west (railroad north) end of the station. Each platform has a single staircase leading to the elevated station house beneath the tracks. It has a turnstile bank and token booth. Outside of fare control, two staircases lead to the western corners of Broadway and Hooper Street.[5] Each staircase landing has an exit-only turnstile to allow passengers to exit without having to go through the station house.

The exits to Hewes Street at the east (railroad south) end of the station are now emergency exits, and the station house has been removed. From each platform, a single staircase goes down to Broadway, the northbound platform to the south side of Broadway, and the southbound one to the northeast corner of Hewes Street, Broadway, and New Montrose Avenue;[6] Hewes Street is split at separate intersections with Broadway.[5] The Hewes Street exits were closed in the 1980s due to high crime.[6][7][8] These exits will reopen prior to the 14th Street Tunnel shutdown in 2019, to accommodate L train riders who would be displaced with the Canarsie Tubes under the East River are closed. The Hewes Street exits would also contain a temporary MetroCard transfer to the nearby Broadway station on the G train.[9]



  1. ^ a b "The Broadway Line Opened". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, NY. 25 June 1888. p. 6. 
  2. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2012–2017". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018. 
  4. ^ a b This is a wrong-way concurrency in railroad direction.
  5. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Williamsburg & Bedford-Stuyvesant" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Muessig, Ben; Foretek, Jared; Geis, Shannon (August 24, 2009). "MTA still has no 'Hewes' for station entrances". Brooklyn Paper. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  7. ^ Harshbarger, Rebecca; De La Hoz, Felipe (October 12, 2015). "Williamsburg, Bushwick subway entrances sealed despite ridership spike". AM New York. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "Closed subway entrances". WNYC (AM). October 31, 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  9. ^ New York City Transit Authority (July 2018). "MTA New York City Transit Canarsie Tunnel Project Supplemental Environmental Assessment and Section 4(f) Review: Final Report" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. p. 16. Retrieved 2018-07-27. 

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