Prospect Avenue (BMT Fourth Avenue Line)

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Prospect Avenue
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New York City Subway rapid transit station
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Southbound platform
Station statistics
Address Prospect Avenue & Fourth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Gowanus, Greenwood Heights, Park Slope, South Park Slope
Coordinates 40°40′00″N 73°59′39″W / 40.666789°N 73.994079°W / 40.666789; -73.994079Coordinates: 40°40′00″N 73°59′39″W / 40.666789°N 73.994079°W / 40.666789; -73.994079
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Fourth Avenue Line
Services       D late nights (late nights)
      N late nights (late nights)
      R all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: B63 (on Fifth Avenue)
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened June 22, 1915; 101 years ago (June 22, 1915)[1]
Passengers (2015) 1,785,990[2]Decrease 2.3%
Rank 273 out of 425
Station succession
Next north Ninth Street: D late nights N late nights R all times
Next south 25th Street: D late nights N late nights R all times

Prospect Avenue is a local New York City Subway station on the BMT Fourth Avenue Line in Brooklyn. It is located at Prospect Avenue and Fourth Avenue near the convergence of Gowanus, Greenwood Heights, Park Slope, and South Park Slope. It is served by the R train at all times. During late nights, the D and N trains also stop here.

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
to 9 St
to 25 St
G Street Level Exit/Entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg toward Forest Hills–71st Avenue (Whitehall Street late nights) (Ninth Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-D.svg toward 205th Street, NYCS-bull-trans-N.svg toward Ditmars Boulevard (late nights) (Ninth Street)
Northbound express NYCS-bull-trans-D.svg NYCS-bull-trans-N.svg do not stop here
Southbound express NYCS-bull-trans-D.svg NYCS-bull-trans-N.svg do not stop here →
Southbound local NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg toward 95th Street (25th Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-D.svg NYCS-bull-trans-N.svg toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (late nights) (25th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Entrance to the northbound platform on the east side of Fourth Avenue

This underground station, opened on June 22, 1915,[1] is a local station with four tracks and two side platforms with a full curtain wall separating the local and express tracks.

The platforms have no columns except on the north ends, where the platforms were extended in the 1960s to accommodate the current standard B Division train length of 600 feet. These I-beam columns are cream colored. The station was renovated in the 1970s, and during this renovation the original trim line along the platforms was replaced with cinder block tiles, which are colored white. The areas where the platform signs are painted blue.

Under the 2015–2019 MTA Capital Plan, the station, along with thirty other New York City Subway stations, will undergo a complete overhaul and would be entirely closed for up to 6 months. Updates would include cellular service, Wi-Fi, charging stations, improved signage, and improved station lighting.[3][4] From January to May 2016, Grimshaw Architects worked on a design for the station's renovation, with Arup Group acting as a consultant. The award for Package 1 of the renovations, which will cover renovations at the Prospect Avenue, 53rd Street, and Bay Ridge Avenue stations on the BMT Fourth Avenue Line, was awarded on November 30, 2016.[5] The station will be closed from June 5, 2017, to December 2017 for these renovations.[6][7]


The station's only fare controls are platform-level near the center. They still have their original trim line, colored brown with "P" at regular intervals, a bank of turnstiles, and token booth. The Manhattan-bound side has two street stairs to the east sidewalk of Fourth Avenue near the Prospect Expressway, while the Bay Ridge-bound side has one to the west sidewalk. There are no crossovers or crossunders to allow free transfer between directions.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Through Tube to Coney, 48 Minutes: First Train on Fourth Avenue Route Beats West End Line Eleven Minutes". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. June 22, 1915. Retrieved June 29, 2015 – via 
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York: Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 
  3. ^ "MTA Will Completely Close 30 Subway Stations For Months-Long "Revamp"". Gothamist. January 8, 2016. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  4. ^ "MTAStations" (PDF). Government of the State of New York. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Capital Program Oversight Committee Meeting" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. November 2016. Retrieved November 27, 2016. 
  6. ^ Spivack, Caroline (January 16, 2017). "Shuttle scuttle: Riders demand extra buses during three subway stations' closure". Brooklyn Paper. Retrieved 2017-01-27. 
  7. ^ "MTA will close these Brooklyn subway stops to facilitate upgrades". Curbed NY. 2017-03-22. Retrieved 2017-03-24. 
  8. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Park Slope" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 

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