Jefferson Street (BMT Canarsie Line)

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Jefferson Street
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Jefferson St L jeh.JPG
Starr Street stair
Station statistics
Address Jefferson Street & Wyckoff Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11237
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Bushwick
Coordinates 40°42′25″N 73°55′25″W / 40.706994°N 73.923569°W / 40.706994; -73.923569Coordinates: 40°42′25″N 73°55′25″W / 40.706994°N 73.923569°W / 40.706994; -73.923569
Division B (BMT)
Line       BMT Canarsie Line
Services       L all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: B57
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened July 14, 1928; 87 years ago (1928-07-14)
Passengers (2014) 2,425,983[1]Increase 13.5%
Rank 205 out of 421
Station succession
Next north Morgan Avenue: L all times
Next south DeKalb Avenue: L all times

Jefferson Street is a station on the BMT Canarsie Line of the New York City Subway. Located in Bushwick, Brooklyn at the intersection of Jefferson Street and Wyckoff Avenue, it is served by the L train at all times.


Jefferson Street opened on July 14, 1928,[2] as part of an extension of the Canarsie Line. This extension connected Montrose Avenue, which had opened four years earlier, to Broadway Junction, which was the western end of the already-operating elevated line to Canarsie.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound NYCS-bull-trans-L.svg toward Eighth Avenue (Morgan Avenue)
Southbound NYCS-bull-trans-L.svg toward Canarsie – Rockaway Parkway (DeKalb Avenue)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

This underground station has two side platforms and two tracks. The mosaic tile bands on both platforms are predominantly blue and brown with yellow and tan accents.[3] There is a full frieze of icons with correct details. The colors, however, shift from the earth tones found in the original design to more pastel shades of rose, slate blue, yellow and peach.[3] Some of the background tile is mottled.[3] This is handmade work with all of the proper elements, including randomly cut and set tiles in the center.[3] "J" tablets on a blue background run along the trim line at regular intervals.[3]

The station's name tablets read "JEFFERSON ST." in gold serif lettering on a blue/dark red background, yellow inner border, and green outer border.[3] There are also directional signs in gold serif lettering on blue/dark red background and yellow/green border.[3] Blue i-beam columns run along both platforms at regular intervals with alternating ones having the standard black station name plate in white lettering.[3]

This station's full-time fare control area is at the extreme east (railroad south) end. A double-width staircase from each platform goes up to a waiting area/crossover, where a turnstile provides entrance/exit from the station. Outside fare control, there is a token booth and four staircases going up to all corners of Starr Street and Wyckoff Avenue.

Both platforms have a same-level, unstaffed fare control area at the opposite end. One exit-only turnstile and one High Entry/Exit Turnstile lead to an enclosed staircase going up to a small brick building on either western corners of Jefferson Street and Wyckoff Avenue. The Manhattan-bound building is on the northwest corner while the Canarsie-bound building is on the southwest one. New tile was installed at the Canarsie-bound platform in the summer of 2000.[3]


  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2015-04-28. 
  2. ^ "Last Link of New 14th St-E.D. Subway To Be Opened Today: First Train This Afternoon Will Carry Officials – Citizens to Celebrate". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. July 14, 1928. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "". 

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