Norwood Avenue (BMT Jamaica Line)

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Norwood Avenue
"J" train "Z" train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Norwood J BMT platform jeh.JPG
Station statistics
Address Norwood Avenue & Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11208
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Cypress Hills
Coordinates 40°40′54″N 73°52′45″W / 40.681582°N 73.879151°W / 40.681582; -73.879151Coordinates: 40°40′54″N 73°52′45″W / 40.681582°N 73.879151°W / 40.681582; -73.879151
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Jamaica Line
Services       J all except rush hours, peak direction (all except rush hours, peak direction)
      Z rush hours, peak direction (rush hours, peak direction)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: Q24
Structure Elevated
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened May 30, 1893; 124 years ago (May 30, 1893)[1]
Station code [2]
Passengers (2016) 1,146,658[3]Decrease 1.1%
Rank 342 out of 422
Station succession
Next north Crescent Street: J all except rush hours, peak direction Z rush hours, peak direction
Next south Cleveland Street: J all except rush hours, peak direction
(Z rush hours, peak direction skips to Van Siclen Avenue)

Norwood Avenue is a skip-stop station on the BMT Jamaica Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Norwood Avenue and Fulton Street in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn,[4] it is served by the Z train during rush hours in peak direction and the J at all other times.[5]


Track layout
to Crescent St
to Cleveland St

This station was opened on May 30, 1893 as part of a four stop extension of the Lexington Avenue Line to Cypress Hills.[1]

From July 18, 2005 to March 13, 2006 this station was closed in order to undergo a station rehabilitation. As part of the rehabilitation project, the stairs were rehabilitated, the floors were renewed, major structural repairs were made, new canopies were installed, the area around the station booth was reconfigured, the platform edge strips were replaced, walls were replaced, and a high-quality public address system was installed.[6][7]

Station layout[edit]

Platform level
Southbound "J" train toward Broad Street off-peak hours (Cleveland Street)
"Z" train toward Broad Street rush hours (Van Siclen Avenue)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Northbound "J" train toward Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer off-peak hours (Crescent Street)
"Z" train toward Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer rush hours (Crescent Street)
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
G Street Level Exit / Entrance

This elevated station has two tracks and one island platform.[8] The platform has a short red canopy with green frames and support columns at the east (railroad north) end and silver lampposts and black station sign structures for the rest of the length.

The 2007 artwork here is called "Culture Swirl" by Margaret Lazetta, It consists of stained glass artwork of various images on the platform sign structures.[9][10]

Between here and Crescent Street, the remains of a former connection to the Long Island Rail Road's Atlantic Avenue Branch one block to the south of the BMT Jamaica Line can be seen at Chestnut Street. In the 1890s, the railroad wanted access to Manhattan while the Brooklyn Rapid Transit company wanted access to The Rockaways. Due to the close proximity of the two lines, the companies cooperated on a connection beginning in 1898. The LIRR ran service to Broadway Ferry while BRT ran service to the Rockaways via Woodhaven Junction. When the Williamsburg Bridge opened, LIRR service was extended to Essex Street and later Chambers Street. This was the LIRR's first direct access to Manhattan.

In 1917, the United States Railroad Administration ruled that a commuter railroad line cannot operate on the same tracks with a subway or elevated line, requiring this connection to be severed. Most of the junction's structure remained until the 1940s when it was dismantled so the steel could be used in World War II and the Atlantic Avenue Branch was moved underground.


The station's only entrance/exit is a station house connected to the platform at the extreme east end. It has a bank of three turnstiles, token booth, and one staircase going down to an elevated passageway beneath the tracks, where two staircases go down to either eastern corners of Norwood Avenue and Fulton Street.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Trains Running This Morning The Elevated Road to Cypress Hills Still in Operation". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. May 30, 1893. p. 10. Retrieved October 2, 2016 – via Brooklyn Newspapers. 
  2. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2011–2016". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 31, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Neighborhood Map East New York Cypress Hills Woodhaven New Lots" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved October 2, 2016. 
  5. ^ "J/Z Subway Timetable, Effective June 25, 2017" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 25, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Norwood Av station closed for rehabilitation Beginning 12:01 AM Mon, Jul 18 to 5 AM, Mon, Jan 16, 2006" (PDF). mta,info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2005. Retrieved October 2, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Norwood Av station remains closed The station will reopen 12: 01 AM Mon, Mar 13." (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. March 2006. Retrieved October 2, 2016. 
  8. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books. 
  9. ^ " Artwork: Culture Swirl (Margaret Lanzetta)". Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  10. ^ "MTA - Arts & Design | NYCT Permanent Art". Retrieved 2016-10-02. 

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