Lorimer Street/Metropolitan Avenue (New York City Subway)
Lorimer Street/Metropolitan Avenue
|New York City Subway rapid transit station complex|
Lorimer Street stair
|Address||Metropolitan Avenue between Lorimer Street & Union Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
|Line||BMT Canarsie Line
IND Crosstown Line
|Services||G (all times)
L (all times)
|Transit connections||NYCT Bus: B24, B48, Q54, Q59|
|Opened||July 1, 1948|
|Passengers (2015)||5,238,736 (station complex) 2.9%|
|Rank||89 out of 422|
Lorimer Street/Metropolitan Avenue is an underground New York City Subway station complex shared by the BMT Canarsie Line and the IND Crosstown Line. Located in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, the complex is served by the G and L trains at all times.
The BMT Canarsie Line platforms, which are named Lorimer Street, are located above the IND Crosstown Line platforms, which are named Metropolitan Avenue.
|B1||Side platform, doors will open on the right|
|Northbound||← toward Eighth Avenue (Bedford Avenue)|
|Southbound||→ toward Canarsie–Rockaway Parkway (Graham Avenue) →|
|B2||Mezzanine||to entrances/exits, station agent, MetroCard vending machines|
|B3||Side platform, doors will open on the right|
|Northbound||← toward Court Square (Nassau Avenue)|
|Southbound||→ toward Church Avenue (Flushing Avenue) →|
The L-shaped passageway, located above the Crosstown Line at its northern end and below the Canarsie Line at its western end, also serves as the mezzanine for the Crosstown Line lower level. When viewed from the Crosstown Line mezzanine, the passageway splits up as the right half leads to a ramp for Canarsie-bound trains while the left half leads to a crossunder to Eighth Avenue-bound trains.
Originally, passengers who wished to transfer between the Canarsie and Crosstown lines had to pay a separate fare, because the Brooklyn–Manhattan Transit Corporation (operator of the Canarsie Line) and the Independent Subway System (the Crosstown Line's operator) were competing companies. On July 1, 1948, eight years after the three operators of New York's subways were unified into a single entity, the transfer passageway was reconfigured to be inside fare control, thus permitting free transfers between lines.
The 2000 artwork in the transfer passageway and the Crosstown Line mezzanine is called Signs of Life by Jackie Chang. A precinct of the New York City Transit Police is also located on the Crosstown Line mezzanine.
The main entrances at the corner of Metropolitan and Union Avenues lead to the transfer passageway between the lines. (A second set of entrances at Metropolitan Avenue and Lorimer Street to the east leads directly to the Canarsie Line platforms.)
The station has a total of six closed entrances according to the MTA. Two are at the intersection of Union Avenue and Hope/Powers Streets, and two more are at the intersection of Union Avenue and Grand Street.
BMT Canarsie Line platforms
|New York City Subway rapid transit station|
|Line||BMT Canarsie Line|
|Services||L (all times)|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Opened||June 30, 1924|
|Next north||Bedford Avenue: L|
|Next south||Graham Avenue: L|
Lorimer Street on the BMT Canarsie Line has two tracks and two side platforms. It opened on June 30, 1924, as part of the initial segment of the underground Canarsie Line, a product of the Dual Contracts, stretching from Sixth Avenue in Manhattan to Montrose Avenue.
The Lorimer Street entry point has a mezzanine above the station. There is also another entrance at Union Avenue that leads directly to the Manhattan-bound platform. The transfer to the Crosstown Line is toward the Union Avenue (western; railroad northern) end of the station, where passageways descend from each platform to the Union Avenue mezzanine.
IND Crosstown Line platforms
|New York City Subway rapid transit station|
Street stair at southeast corner of Metropolitan & Union Avenues
|Line||IND Crosstown Line|
|Services||G (all times)|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Opened||July 1, 1937|
|Former/other names||Metropolitan Avenue–Grand Street|
|Next north||Nassau Avenue: G|
|Next south||Broadway: G|
Metropolitan Avenue on the IND Crosstown Line opened on July 1, 1937 as part of the extension of the Crosstown Line from Nassau Avenue to Hoyt-Schermerhorn Streets. The station also has two tracks and two side platforms. Station tile signage retains the original name of the station: Metropolitan Avenue–Grand Street. IND icon tiles indicate "To Street and Transfer." Two staircases from the north end of either platform lead to the mezzanine and transfer passageway to the BMT Canarsie Line. The mezzanine is full-length, but the central and south portions are closed to the public, used as a police facility and as employee space and offices. Exits from the closed mezzanine lead to both northern corners of Union, Hope, and Powers Street, and to at least one corner of Grand Street and Union Avenue. These exits are sealed with metal street grates.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Lorimer Street / Metropolitan Avenue (New York City Subway).|
- nycsubway.org – BMT Canarsie Line: Lorimer Street
- nycsubway.org – IND Crosstown Line: Metropolitan Avenue
- Station Reporter — Metropolitan Avenue/Lorimer Street Complex
- The Subway Nut — Lorimer Street Pictures
- The Subway Nut — Metropolitan Avenue–Grand Street Pictures
- MTA's Arts For Transit — Metropolitan Avenue/Lorimer Street
- Union Avenue, Keap Street, and Metropolitan Avenue entrances from Google Maps Street View
- Metropolitan Avenue entrance from Google Maps Street View
- Lorimer Street entrances from Google Maps Street View
- BMT platforms from Google Maps Street View
- IND platforms from Google Maps Street View