Park Place (BMT Franklin Avenue Line)

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Park Place
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Park Place BMT Franklin Station House staircase.JPG
Station entrance from Park Place
Station statistics
Address Park Place & Franklin Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Crown Heights
Coordinates 40°40′28″N 73°57′28″W / 40.674357°N 73.957858°W / 40.674357; -73.957858Coordinates: 40°40′28″N 73°57′28″W / 40.674357°N 73.957858°W / 40.674357; -73.957858
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Franklin Avenue Line
Services       S all times (all times)
Structure Embankment
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 1
Other information
Opened Circa 1900; 117 years ago (1900)
Rebuilt 1906; 111 years ago (1906) (elevated railway)
October 18, 1999; 17 years ago (1999-10-18) (shuttle refurbishment)
Accessible This station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
Former/other names Butler Street
Sterling Place
Passengers (2015) 602,858[1]Decrease 1%
Rank 398 out of 425
Station succession
Next north Franklin Avenue: S all times
Dean Street (demolished): no regular service
Next south Botanic Garden: S all times

Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 north Franklin Avenue: S all times
Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 south Prospect Park: S all times

Park Place is a station on the BMT Franklin Avenue Line of the New York City Subway, located in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. It is unique in the subway system for two things: being the only station in the entire subway system to be served by only a shuttle (no other services stop at this station at any time) (considering station complexes one station each) and only solitary station to have only one track.


View from the station, with the Arts for Transit installation on the railings

The station is located at the point where the tracks of the original Brooklyn, Flatbush & Coney Island Railway left the street surface and began running in an open-cut right-of-way on its route to Brighton Beach and Coney Island.

A station was established at this spot c. 1900 to provide local residents access to trains of the Kings County Elevated Railway that had begun serving the line in 1896. This station consisted of two simple compacted earth platforms at the side of each track running south of Park Place.

During 1905–1906, this portion of the line was rebuilt as a raised elevated railway and embankment structure, and a new station was built at this location, with a single floor-level island platform and a station house between the tracks. The new station was located with the station house over Park Place and the platform extending north from that point.

The station deteriorated over the years as the New York City Transit Authority considered whether to abandon or rehabilitate the station and the line. Community support in the Bedford–Stuyvesant and Crown Heights communities persuaded the city to rebuild the line. The station closed in 1998,[2] was completely rebuilt, and reopened in 1999.[3]

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
to Franklin–Fulton
Bidirectional track
to Botanic Garden
Train information sign above the platform
Platform Level
Side platform, doors will open on the left or right Handicapped/disabled access
Single track NYCS-bull-trans-S.svg toward Prospect Park (Botanic Garden)
NYCS-bull-trans-S.svg toward Franklin Avenue (Terminus)
(Demolished: Dean Street)
Street Level
Exit/ Entrance, station house
Handicapped/disabled access (Ramp from Prospect Place west of Franklin Avenue; service in both directions on single track)

The rebuilt 1999 station consists of a single side platform and a single track serving trains traveling in both directions.[4] The new, wider, station platform was built partly over the former southbound track. The large station house is built in a style reminiscent of station houses built in the World War I era on the BMT Brighton Line such as Parkside Avenue and a number of stations on the BMT Sea Beach Line.[3]


The station has a turnstile bank, token booth, a short staircase on the south side going down to the north side of Park Place, and a long ADA-accessible ramp and staircase going to the south side of Prospect Place on the north side of the station house.[5][3]


  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  2. ^ Blair, Jayson (1998-07-25). "18-Month Renovation for Brooklyn Shuttle". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-07-21. 
  3. ^ a b c "The lore of the FRANKLIN AVENUE SHUTTLE - Forgotten New York". Retrieved 2016-07-21. 
  4. ^ Marrero, Robert (2017-01-01). "472 Stations, 850 Miles" (PDF). B24 Blog, via Dropbox. Retrieved 2015-10-09. 
  5. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Crown Heights" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved January 1, 2017. 

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