New Utrecht Avenue/62nd Street (New York City Subway)

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New Utrecht Avenue/62nd Street
"D" train "N" train
New York City Subway rapid transit station complex
62nd Street-New Utrecht Avenue head house.JPG
Station statistics
Address New Utrecht Avenue & 62nd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11219
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Bensonhurst, Borough Park
Coordinates 40°37′34″N 73°59′52″W / 40.626086°N 73.997887°W / 40.626086; -73.997887Coordinates: 40°37′34″N 73°59′52″W / 40.626086°N 73.997887°W / 40.626086; -73.997887
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Sea Beach Line
BMT West End Line
Services       D all times (all times)
      N all times (all times)
      W selected rush-hour trips (selected rush-hour trips)
Transit connections Bus transport New York City Bus: B9
Levels 2
Traffic
Passengers (2016) 1,784,812 (station complex)[1]Decrease 3.9%
Rank 273 out of 422

New Utrecht Avenue/62nd Street is a New York City Subway station complex shared by the open-cut BMT Sea Beach Line and the elevated BMT West End Line. It is located at New Utrecht Avenue and 62nd Street in Brooklyn, in the neighborhood of Bensonhurst, and is served by the D and N trains at all times, as well as by some W trains during rush hours.

Prior to the rebuilding of the two current subway lines at this location during the second decade of the 20th century, this location was known as Bath Junction. Until that time, there was a track connection between the lines, primarily to enable Sea Beach trains to and from Coney Island to access West End Line trackage to reach the Brooklyn Bridge and the Park Row elevated lines terminal in downtown Manhattan.

This entire station complex, along with eight other stations along the Sea Beach Line, is scheduled for a rehabilitation, which began in 2015 with 4 ADA-accessible elevators.[2]

History[edit]

Bath Junction was located near the present site of the station. It took the name as a railroad junction of the New York & Sea Beach Railway (Sea Beach Line) with the Brooklyn, Bath Coney Island Railroad (West End Line). The NY&SB called the station at the junction Bath Junction, while the BB&CI called it Sea Beach Junction. Soon, however, they settled on the common name. Bath Junction was located at grade near the current intersection of New Utrecht Avenue and 62nd Street.

The junction included a switching track connecting the two lines, so that NY&SB trains might reach the Brooklyn Bridge via the BB&CI tracks. Both lines merged with the BMT Culver Line at Ninth Avenue and later the BMT Fifth Avenue Line and BMT Myrtle Avenue Line.

After both lines were rebuilt as rapid transit lines of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company, the name Bath Junction was dropped. A connector was no longer necessary, as the West End Line was able to reach Manhattan on its own, and was not even realistic to plan, as one line dropped into a cut and the other became elevated. The multi-level station complex was created to allow passenger transfer between the two lines.

In 1985, this station had only 189 paying daily riders on a typical weekday, not counting farebeaters, making it one of the least used stations in the system.[3]

Station layout[edit]

2F
Platform level
Northbound local "D" train toward Norwood–205th Street (55th Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Peak-direction express No regular service
(No service: Ninth Avenue (north) or Bay Parkway (south))
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Southbound local "D" train toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue via West End (71st Street)
1F Mezzanine to entrances/exits, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
G Street Level Entrances/Exits
B1
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local "N" train "W" train toward Astoria–Ditmars Boulevard (Fort Hamilton Parkway)
Northbound express No regular service
Southbound express Trackbed
Southbound local "N" train toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (18th Avenue)
"N" train "W" train toward Gravesend-86th Street (18th Avenue)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

BMT West End Line platforms[edit]

62nd Street
"D" train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
62nd Street (West End Platform).JPG
Station statistics
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT West End Line
Services       D all times (all times)
Structure Elevated
Platforms 2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 3 (2 in regular service)
Other information
Opened June 24, 1916; 100 years ago (1916-06-24)
Station succession
Next north Ninth Avenue (express): no regular service
55th Street (local): D all times
Next south 71st Street (local): D all times
Bay Parkway (express): no regular service
Track layout
to 9 Av
to 55 St
to 71 St
to Bay Pkwy

62nd Street is an express station on the BMT West End Line that opened on June 24, 1916 as the terminal station of the first phase of the opening of the West End Line.[4][5]

The station has three tracks and two island platforms. The middle express track is only used for re-routings and non-revenue movements.

Exits[edit]

There are two fare control areas. The full-time side is at 62nd Street (south end of station) and has the transfer to the BMT Sea Beach Line. The part-time side is at 60th Street (north end).[6] The 60th Street exit is where the famous chase scene in the 1971 film, The French Connection ends. This side was renovated and is HEET access for most of the day. A booth formerly existed here, but is now mostly empty space in the station house. New windows and lighting restored this mezzanine to good condition. However, the staircases from the street still have wooden boards. The station-house for the BMT Sea Beach Line used to have a newsstand and two additional doors on the left side. From October 2010 to May 2012, this station was renovated with two new fare controls, new canopy and platform edges, and repainted side roof and beams.

On the street, the southern station entrance is set back from New Utrecht Avenue. It is to the left when facing the Tomche Shabbos food pantry warehouse; there is a small, fenced-in overgrown area separating them, with a small MTA informational sign on the chain link. The station house is also visible from 62nd Street, but there is a small MTA lot for separating street from station, designated for bus turnarounds, MTA maintenance, and MTA employee parking only. A staircase leads to the second floor of the station house, where one may use a covered, open-air passageway to reach the west end of the Sea Beach platform.[6]

BMT Sea Beach Line platforms[edit]

New Utrecht Avenue
"N" train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
New Utrecht Av SB BMT east jeh.JPG
Eastern end of platforms
Station statistics
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Sea Beach Line
Services       N all times (all times)
      W selected rush-hour trips (selected rush-hour trips)
Structure Open-cut
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4 (2 in regular service)
Other information
Opened June 22, 1915; 102 years ago (1915-06-22)[7]
Station succession
Next north Fort Hamilton Parkway: N all times W selected rush-hour trips
Next south 18th Avenue: N all times W selected rush-hour trips

New Utrecht Avenue Station (Dual System BRT)
MPS New York City Subway System MPS
NRHP Reference # 05000678[8]
Added to NRHP July 6, 2005
Track layout
to Ft Hamilton Pkwy
to 18 Av
Northbound platform

New Utrecht Avenue on the BMT Sea Beach Line has four tracks and two side platforms. Platform extensions are to the north end of the station and beyond the main staircase. Although most of the station is in an open cut, both ends of both platforms are underneath tunnels. This segment of the station has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2005.[9]

As part of a renovation project at nine stations along the Sea Beach Line, the Manhattan-bound platform at this station was closed from January 18, 2016 to May 22, 2017.[10][11]

Exits[edit]

The north end has two staircases to the full-time booth, where the transfer to the elevated BMT West End Line is available. The south end at 15th Avenue and 63rd Street is HEET access and formerly had a booth.[6] The north end has unusual bricks on the staircase walls, suggesting the staircases were redone when the platform was extended. The original entrance had only one staircase to platform level. After the platform extension, the staircase was redone in a T formation along with the installation of brick walls.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2011–2016". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 31, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Two elevators coming to the N line during massive rehabilitation". October 4, 2013. Retrieved May 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ Levine, Richard (November 5, 1986). "COLUMN ONE: TRANSPORT". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved October 2, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Realty Boom Is Predicted for Borough Park Section". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. June 24, 1916. Retrieved September 16, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Parade, Pageant Mark Celebration: Borough Park Civic Bodies and School Children Join in Festivities: West End Line Opened: First Train From Manhattan Over New "L" Extension of Dual System to Sixty-Second Street". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. June 24, 1916. Retrieved September 16, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Bensonhurst" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved August 15, 2016. 
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved December 9, 2011. 
  9. ^ Kings County Listing at the National Register of Historic Places (Structure #05000678)
  10. ^ "N Line Sea Beach - 2016". web.mta.info. Retrieved January 18, 2016. 
  11. ^ "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. 

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