Lorimer Street (BMT Jamaica Line)

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For the station actually at Metropolitan Avenue between Lorimer Street & Union Avenue, see Lorimer Street/Metropolitan Avenue (New York City Subway).
Lorimer Street
NYCS-bull-trans-J.svg NYCS-bull-trans-M.svg
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Lorimer J BMT platform jeh.JPG
Northbound platform
Station statistics
Address Lorimer Street & Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Williamsburg
Coordinates 40°42′15″N 73°56′52″W / 40.704099°N 73.947902°W / 40.704099; -73.947902Coordinates: 40°42′15″N 73°56′52″W / 40.704099°N 73.947902°W / 40.704099; -73.947902
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, B48
Structure Elevated
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 3
Other information
Opened June 25, 1888; 128 years ago (1888-06-25)[1]
Passengers (2015) 1,614,154[2]Increase 7.5%
Rank 296 out of 425
Station succession
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway   Following station
toward Broad Street
BMT Jamaica Line
J all times except weekdays 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., peak direction M all times except late nights

Lorimer Street is a local station on the BMT Jamaica Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Lorimer 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.


This station opened on June 25, 1888 as part of a westward extension of the Broadway Elevated to Driggs Avenue with the final terminus of Broadway Ferry opening a few weeks later. Upon the opening of the Williamsburg Bridge tracks, trains were rerouted after Marcy Avenue to Delancey Street (later renamed Essex Street).

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
to Flushing Av
to Hewes St
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Westbound local[3] NYCS-bull-trans-J.svg toward Broad Street all times except AM rush hours (Hewes Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-M.svg toward Forest Hills – 71st Avenue weekdays, Essex Street weekends (Hewes Street)
Peak-direction express NYCS-bull-trans-J.svg NYCS-bull-trans-Z.svg does not stop here →
Eastbound local[3] NYCS-bull-trans-J.svg toward Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer all times except PM rush hours (Flushing Avenue)
NYCS-bull-trans-M.svg toward Metropolitan Avenue except late nights (Flushing Avenue)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
G Street Level Exit / Entrance

There are two side platforms and three tracks. The center track is used by peak direction J and Z express services on weekdays in the peak direction. Both platforms have beige windscreens and red canopies with green frames and support columns. Some sections of the windscreen feature mesh to allow a view of the streets below. The station name plates are in the standard black with white lettering.

The 2002 artwork here is called Roundlet Series by Annette Davidek.[4] It features 16 stained glass panels on the platform windscreens that are 36 inches tall and 36 inches wide. They all have a floral and vine theme.


Southwestern stair

This station has two entrances/exits. The full-time side is an elevated station house beneath the tracks on the northwest end. Inside fare control, it has one staircase to each platform at their extreme ends and a waiting area that allows a free transfer between directions. Outside fare control, there is a turnstile bank, token booth, and two staircases to the street. One goes down to the northwest corner of Broadway and Lorimer Street while the other goes down to the southeast peninsula formed by Throop Avenue, Lorimer Street, and Broadway. The northbound platform has an additional staircase going up to a work level above the mezzanine.[5] Broadway on the IND Crosstown Line is about two blocks to the west from this entrance. Despite demands from G riders, there is no permanent free transfer from Lorimer Street to there; a free transfer was temporarily created in Summer 2014 due to the Hurricane Sandy-related shutdown of the IND Crosstown Line under the Newtown Creek.[6] From January 2019 to at least July 2020, a free MetroCard-only transfer between the two stations will be provided due to a rehabilitation of the 14th Street Tunnel.[7][8]

The station's other entrance/exit is unstaffed and has a sealed elevated station house beneath the tracks. A single staircase from each platform goes down to the station house landing, where a single high entry/exit turnstile provides entrance/exit from the system. Another staircase then goes down to either western corner of Wallabout Street and Broadway.[5]


  1. ^ "The Broadway Line Opened". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, NY. June 25, 1888. p. 6. 
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  3. ^ a b This is a wrong-way concurrency in railroad direction.
  4. ^ willethauser.com
  5. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Williamsburg & Bedford-Stuyvesant" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Donohue, Pete (May 14, 2014). "MTA will allow free transfers for G train riders to J or M trains at Lorimer St. stop during work on Greenpoint Tube this summer". NY Daily News. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  7. ^ "The L Train Shutdown: Here's How to Commute Between Brooklyn and Manhattan". DNAinfo New York. Retrieved 2016-07-26. 
  8. ^ Fitzsimmons, Emma G. (2016-07-25). "L Train Will Shut Down From Manhattan to Brooklyn in '19 for 18 Months". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-07-26. 

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