Newkirk Avenue (IRT Nostrand Avenue Line)

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Newkirk Avenue
"2" train "5" train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Newkirk platform.JPG
Station platform
Station statistics
Address Newkirk Avenue & Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11226
Borough Brooklyn
Locale East Flatbush
Coordinates 40°38′24″N 73°56′54″W / 40.639912°N 73.94846°W / 40.639912; -73.94846Coordinates: 40°38′24″N 73°56′54″W / 40.639912°N 73.94846°W / 40.639912; -73.94846
Division A (IRT)
Line IRT Nostrand Avenue Line
Services       2 all times (all times)
      5 weekdays until 8:45 p.m. (weekdays until 8:45 p.m.)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: B8, B44, B44 SBS
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened August 23, 1920; 96 years ago (August 23, 1920)
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[1]
Passengers (2015) 2,476,287[2]Increase 1.9%
Rank 195 out of 425
Station succession
Next north Beverly Road: 2 all times 5 weekdays until 8:45 p.m.
Next south Flatbush Avenue – Brooklyn College: 2 all times 5 weekdays until 8:45 p.m.

Newkirk Avenue is a station on the IRT Nostrand Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Newkirk and Nostrand Avenues in Brooklyn, it is served by the 2 train at all times and the 5 train on weekdays.


Track layout
to Beverly Rd
to Flatbush Av

The Dual Contracts, which were signed on March 19, 1913, were contracts for the construction and/or rehabilitation and operation of rapid transit lines in the City of New York.The Dual Contracts promised the construction of several lines in Brooklyn. As part of Contract 4, the IRT agreed to build a subway line along Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn.[3][4][5] The construction of the subway along Nostrand Avenue spurred real estate development in the surrounding areas.[6] The Nostrand Avenue Line opened on August 23, 1920, and the Beverly Road station opened along with it.[7]

In the 1950s, an additional exit-only was added on the Flatbush Avenue-bound platform that leads to the west side of Nostrand Avenue just south of Avenue D.

During the 1960s the platforms were lengthened at their southern ends, so that the platforms could be 510 feet long and as a result they were then able to accommodate 10-car trains.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound "2" train toward Wakefield – 241st Street, "5" train toward Dyre Avenue or Nereid Avenue (Beverly Road)
Southbound "2" train "5" train toward Flatbush Avenue – Brooklyn College (Terminus)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Station tilework

This underground station has two tracks and two side platforms. Each platform has its own fare control with no crossovers or crossunders to allow free transfers between directions, though there is evidence of a closed crossunder at the south end of the station.

The platforms have their original 1920s tiling from the Dual Contracts era. The "NEWKIRK AVE" name tablets are on a blue background with a green border. The station's trim line is nearly fully green with accents of several other colors. "N"s for "Newkirk" run along the trim line at regular intervals. The platform columns run at regular intervals and are painted green to match the station's tiling. They are wider in the middle of each platform where the station exits are. They get narrower as they run toward either end of the platform, especially at the extreme ends where the 1960s extension refrigerator-block style tiling is used. The columns have "Newkirk" written in white on a blue plate. The platforms become wider toward the middle as fare control is on platform level.


The Manhattan-bound platform has the station's only bank of regular turnstiles and token booth. Its street stair leads to the southeast corner of Newkirk and Nostrand Avenues. The fare control for the Flatbush Avenue-bound platform is normally unstaffed, containing one High Entry Exit Turnstile and one exit-only turnstile. A Customer Service Agent Booth and bank of regular turnstiles is sometimes open during rush hours. This exit's street stair leads to the southwest corner of Newkirk and Nostrand Avenues.[8]

The Flatbush Avenue-bound platform has an additional exit-only on the extreme north end. This exit has two high turnstiles and its single street stair leads to the west side of Nostrand Avenue just south of Avenue D.[8] This exit was added in the 1950s.

Exit location[8] Exit type Number of exits Platform served
SW corner of Nostrand Avenue and Avenue D Staircase 1 Southbound (exit-only)
SW corner of Nostrand Avenue and Newkirk Avenue Staircase 1 Southbound
SE corner of Nostrand Avenue and Newkirk Avenue Staircase 1 Northbound


  1. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  3. ^ "Terms and Conditions of Dual System Contracts". Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "The Dual System of Rapid Transit (1912)". 
  5. ^ "Most Recent Map of the Dual Subway System WhIch Shows How Brooklyn Borough Is Favored In New Transit Lines". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. September 9, 1917. Retrieved August 23, 2016 – via Brooklyn Newspapers. 
  6. ^ "Big Eastern Parkway Deal". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. July 1, 1915. Retrieved August 23, 2016 – via Brooklyn Newspapers. 
  7. ^ "Brooklyn Tube Extensions Open: I.R.T. Begins Service on Eastern Parkway and Nostrand Avenue Lines". New York Times. August 23, 1920. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  8. ^ a b c "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Flatbush" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 

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