Parkside Avenue (BMT Brighton Line)

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Parkside Avenue
"Q" train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Parkside Avenue - Tunnel Section, southbound platform.jpg
Station statistics
Address Parkside Avenue & Ocean Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Prospect Lefferts Gardens
Coordinates 40°39′19″N 73°57′42″W / 40.65535°N 73.961651°W / 40.65535; -73.961651Coordinates: 40°39′19″N 73°57′42″W / 40.65535°N 73.961651°W / 40.65535; -73.961651
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Brighton Line
Services       Q all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport New York City Bus: B12, B16
Structure Open-cut
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened 1907
Former/other names Woodruff Avenue
Passengers (2016) 1,783,716[1]Increase 5.4%
Rank 274 out of 422
Station succession
Next north Prospect Park: Q all times
Next south Church Avenue: Q all times

Parkside Avenue is a local station on the BMT Brighton Line of the New York City Subway. Located at Parkside Avenue and Ocean Avenue in Flatbush, Brooklyn, it is served by the Q train at all times.[2]


Track layout
to Prospect Pk
to Church Av

This station was originally built sometime before 1895[when?] by the Brooklyn and Brighton Beach Railroad as Flatbush station. Through a series of mergers and acquisitions, it was acquired by the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company, and reopened in 1907 as a two-track station named Woodruff Avenue.

This portion of the line was rebuilt from a two-track open cut to a four-track open cut in 1919.

After August 1, 1920, through service was shifted from the current BMT Franklin Avenue Line to a new subway alignment under Flatbush Avenue, which permitted direct access to Manhattan via the Manhattan Bridge and the Montague Street Tunnel.[3]

During the 1964–1965 fiscal year, the platforms at Parkside Avenue, along with those at six other stations on the Brighton Line, were lengthened to 615 feet to accommodate a ten-car train of 60-foot IND cars, or a nine-car train of 67-foot BMT cars.[4]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Street House, Entrance/Exit
station agent, MetroCard vending machines
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local "Q" train toward 96th Street (Prospect Park)
Northbound express "B" train does not stop here
Southbound express "B" train does not stop here →
Southbound local "Q" train toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (Church Avenue)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

This station currently has four tracks and two side platforms. The two center express tracks are used by the B train when it operates on weekdays.[5]

The original southern two-thirds of the platforms are in a tunnel underneath cross streets and buildings, while the remaining northern one third is in an open cut. The extreme north ends of the platforms, which were extensions built in the 1960s, have no canopies and curve to the north. The southbound platform has its concrete wall painted beige while the northbound one is carved within the Earth's crust. Here, the station signs are the standard black plates in white lettering. The rest of the open cut has a concrete canopy with red columns. The remainder of the platforms in the tunnel has red columns and a red trim line and mosaic name tablets reading "PARKSIDE AVE." in gold Times New Roman font surrounded by diamonds.

The 1994 artwork here is called Brighton Clay Re-Leaf by Susan Tunick. It features ceramic tiles portraying leaves in the station house within fare control. This artwork can also be found at the Prospect Park station.


Station entrance

The station's main entrance/exit is a street level station house on the northern end of the tunnel above the platforms and tracks. Two staircases from each platform go up to a waiting area/crossover, where a turnstile bank provides entrance/exit from the system. Outside fare control, there is a token booth and two sets of doors, one leading to Parkside Avenue and Ocean Avenue and the other to the southern entrance of Prospect Park.[6]

The Coney Island-bound platform has an exit-only at the extreme south end. A single platform-level turnstile leads to a short tunnel, where a staircase goes up to the southwest corner of Woodruff and Ocean Avenues. The extreme south end of the Manhattan-bound platform has an employee-only facility.[6]


  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2011–2016". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 31, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Q Subway Timetable, Effective January 1, 2017" (PDF). New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved December 28, 2016. 
  3. ^ "New Subways Add Seven More Miles to BRT on Aug 1". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. July 25, 1920. Retrieved August 19, 2016 – via 
  4. ^ Annual Report 1964–1965. New York City Transit Authority. 1965. 
  5. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books. 
  6. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Crown Heights" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved January 1, 2017. 

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