Ninth Avenue (BMT West End Line)

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Ninth Avenue
New York City Subway rapid transit station
9 Avenue vc.jpg
Station statistics
Address Ninth Avenue & 39th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Sunset Park
Coordinates 40°38′48″N 73°59′41″W / 40.646575°N 73.994674°W / 40.646575; -73.994674Coordinates: 40°38′48″N 73°59′41″W / 40.646575°N 73.994674°W / 40.646575; -73.994674
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT West End Line
BMT Culver Line (formerly)
Services       D all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: B35
Structure Open-cut
Levels 2 (upper level is in revenue service)
Platforms 4 island platforms (2 on each level)
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 6 (3 on each level)
Other information
Opened June 24, 1916; 100 years ago (1916-06-24)
Closed BMT Culver Line: May 11, 1975; 41 years ago (1975-05-11)
Passengers (2015) 1,843,944[1]Decrease 4.9%
Rank 264 out of 425
Station succession
Next north 36th Street: D all times
36th Street (Fifth Avenue el; demolished)
Next south Fort Hamilton Parkway (local): D all times
62nd Street (express): no regular service
Fort Hamilton Parkway (Culver Line; demolished)

9th Avenue Station (Dual System BRT)
MPS New York City Subway System MPS
NRHP Reference # 05000676[2]
Added to NRHP March 3, 2005

Ninth Avenue is a bi-level express station on the BMT West End Line of the New York City Subway, located at the intersection of Ninth Avenue and 39th Street in Brooklyn. Each level has three tracks and two island platforms. The upper level serves the BMT West End Line while the lower level formerly served the BMT Culver Line. Only the upper level is still in service and is served by the D train at all times. The center express track is not normally used.

Station layout[edit]

3F Northbound local NYCS-bull-trans-D.svg toward Norwood–205th Street (36th Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Peak-direction express No regular service
(No service: 36th Street northbound or 62nd Street southbound)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Southbound local NYCS-bull-trans-D.svg toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (Fort Hamilton Parkway)
2F Former northbound local Trackbed
Island platform, not in service
Former peak-direction express No regular service
Island platform, not in service
Former southbound local Trackbed
1F Mezzanine to entrances/exits, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
G Street Level Entrances/Exits
Track layout
to 36 St
to SBK Railway
Long tunnel section
to 36–38 St Yard
Match point mC
Match point mB
Match point mA
Match point MC
Match point MB
Match point MA
Superimposed track section
(Left tracks above right ones)
Storage tracks of
former Culver el
to Ft Hamilton Pkwy
to 62 St
Lower level or underground
Upper level or above ground

This ground-level station opened on June 24, 1916.[3][4] Both levels of the station have three tracks and two island platforms.

Upper level[edit]

The upper level is the only one in use. Only the local tracks are in regular service. On the upper level, the Manhattan-bound platform is slightly wider than the Coney Island-bound platform. Towards the west end of the upper level platforms is an employee-only pedestrian bridge that leads to the entrance of the 36th–38th Street Yard via a high turnstile. A control tower for line at the south end of the yard.[5]

As of 2012, the station has been renovated with new platform edges, a new dispatcher room and a new stairway that leads to the 36th Street Yard.

Lower level[edit]

The lower level was used as a through route for the BMT Culver Line to the BMT Fourth Avenue subway and the BMT Fifth Avenue elevated lines until 1954, when service on the main portion of the BMT Culver Line route was recaptured by the Independent Subway System via the Culver Ramp. A Culver Shuttle service from this station to a new single track terminal at Ditmas Avenue was begun at the same time. Some Culver trains continued to operate into Manhattan until May 1959. Culver Shuttle service was discontinued on May 11, 1975.

The lower level was abandoned afterwards and has not been used since except for filming of the original Crocodile Dundee movie when it posed as the 59th Street – Columbus Circle station at the end of the movie. However, the "9" wall mosaics and the sunlight seen at the very end of the film made it clear it was Ninth Avenue. The level is dark and there are no safety plates on the two staircases to that level. A fluorescent light remains on the southbound side. The next stop for this shuttle to the south (east) was Fort Hamilton Parkway. The tracks curve just east of the station before the center and southbound local end at bumper blocks, at the east end of the tunnel portal. The northbound local continues past the portal and runs along another track coming from the 36th–38th Street Yard, but does not connect with it. This track was the track used during Ninth Avenue – Ditmas Avenue shuttle operation from 1959 until 1975.


The station house is at street level near the intersection of 9th Avenue and New Utrecht Avenue, and there is a sealed entrance on the west side. The tablet grilles in the mezzanine are still intact and a newsstand once stood opposite the current location of the station agent booth.[6]

Track layout[edit]

As the West End line rises from embankment to elevated east of this station, the BMT Culver right-of-way can be seen leaving the tunnel on the Manhattan-bound side. Only one track leaves the tunnel, dead-ending approximately 750 feet later before Fort Hamilton Parkway with no further connections. There is also a platform present. The platform was installed in the late 1980s for New York City Transit employees only and is not part of the right-of-way.

To the west of the station is a complicated track layout complete with track connections from the Fourth Avenue Line, ramps from the now-demolished Fifth Avenue El, and ramps from the 36th–38th Street Yard, combining together to form the six tracks and two levels of the station.[7]

Beyond the ramps, as the line curves under the BMT Fourth Avenue Line, there are tracks that continue straight into the piers on the waterfront, which were once operated by the South Brooklyn Railway.[7] In the tunnel approaching 36th Street station, there is an unused trackway that was supposed to connect to the South Brooklyn Railway. The tunnel connection was never built. This trackway merges to the southbound track and runs for a long distance before ending at a wall.



  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  2. ^ "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved December 9, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Realty Boom Is Predicted for Borough Park Section". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. June 24, 1916. Retrieved 16 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "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 16 September 2015. 
  5. ^ McKinley, James C., Jr. (August 16, 1994). "Subway Car Derails in Brooklyn, Injuring 11 Passengers". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Sunset Park" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "INVENTORY OF DECKING OPPORTUNITIES OVER TRANSPORTATION PROPERTIES Final Report: 6.7: TRANSIT AND RAILROAD YARDS: BROOKLYN" (PDF). New York City Department of City Planning. September 2008. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 

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