Prospect Park (BMT Brighton Line)

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Prospect Park
"B" train"Q" trainFranklin Avenue Shuttle
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Prospect Park - Coney Island Bound Platform 2.jpg
Coney Island-bound platform
Station statistics
Address Empire Boulevard & Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Flatbush, Prospect Lefferts Gardens
Coordinates 40°39′41″N 73°57′45″W / 40.661507°N 73.962461°W / 40.661507; -73.962461Coordinates: 40°39′41″N 73°57′45″W / 40.661507°N 73.962461°W / 40.661507; -73.962461
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Brighton Line
BMT Franklin Avenue Line
Services       B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
      Q all times (all times)
      S all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: B16, B41, B43, B48
Structure Open-cut
Platforms 2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 4 (3 in regular service)
Other information
Opened July 2, 1878; 139 years ago (1878-07-02)
Station code 042[1]
Accessible This station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ADA-accessible
Passengers (2016) 3,272,810[2]Decrease 1.6%
Rank 158 out of 422
Station succession
Next north Seventh Avenue (via Brighton): B weekdays until 11:00 p.m.Q all times
Botanic Garden (via Franklin): S all times
Next south Parkside Avenue (local): Q all times
Church Avenue (express): B weekdays until 11:00 p.m.
(Terminal): S all times

Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 north Atlantic Avenue – Barclays Center (via Brighton): B weekdays until 11:00 p.m.Q all times
Park Place (via Franklin): S all times
Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 south Avenue H (local): Q all times (southbound only)
Kings Highway (express): B weekdays until 11:00 p.m.
none: S all times

Prospect Park is an express station on the BMT Brighton Line of the New York City Subway. Located at Empire Boulevard and Flatbush Avenue in Flatbush, Brooklyn, near the border of Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, Park Slope, and Prospect Lefferts Gardens, it is served by the Q train and Franklin Avenue Shuttle at all times and the B train on weekdays.

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
Track not in revenue service
Track in revenue service
G Street Level Exit/Entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
Waiting area, to Exits/Entrances
Handicapped/disabled access (Entrance ramp on Lincoln Road between Flatbush Avenue and Ocean Avenue; elevators after fare control)
Northbound shuttle Franklin Avenue Shuttle toward Franklin Avenue (Botanic Garden)
Island platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
Separation at north end
Island platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
Northbound express "B" train toward Bedford Park Boulevard rush hours, 145th Street weekdays (Seventh Avenue)
"Q" train toward 96th Street (Seventh Avenue)
Southbound express "B" train toward Brighton Beach weekdays (Church Avenue)
"Q" train toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (Parkside Avenue)
Island platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
Separation at north end
Island platform, not in service Handicapped/disabled access
Southbound local No regular service

This open cut station has four tracks and two island platforms.[3] Both platforms have red canopies with green frames and support columns that run for the either length. Alternating columns have the standard black station name plate in white lettering.

At the north end of the station, the two express tracks, used by B and Q trains, ramp down into a tunnel under Flatbush Avenue parallel to the IRT Eastern Parkway Line before merging with the BMT Fourth Avenue Line at DeKalb Avenue while the local tracks curve to the northeast and become an open cut after a short tunnel towards Franklin Avenue.[3] The platforms are split into two sections at this end separated by a beige concrete wall. The Franklin Avenue Shuttle terminates on the northbound local track while the southbound one is only used for train storage or construction reroutes.

South of the station, there are crossovers and switches as the Brighton Line becomes a four-track corridor to Ocean Parkway. B trains stay on the express track and run to Brighton Beach; Q trains switch to the local track and run to Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue.[3]

The 1994 artwork here is called Brighton Clay Re-Leaf by Susan Tunick. It features ceramic tiles in both station entrances/exits that depict leaves to symbolize Prospect Park. This artwork is also at Parkside Avenue.[4]


The station has two entrances/exits:

  • Handicapped/disabled access The full-time one is at the extreme south end. A single double-wide staircase and ADA-accessible elevators go up from each platform to a beige ground level station house that is on the north side of the Lincoln Road overpass above the platforms between Ocean and Flatbush Avenues. Each platform elevator is connected to the station house by a glass-enclosed passageway above their respective platforms.[5] There is a bank of turnstiles, a waiting area that allows a free transfer between directions and a token booth inside the station house.[6] Additionally, there is a private preschool immediately adjacent to the station house entrance.
  • The station's other entrance/exit at the north end is un-staffed. Two staircases from each platform at the tunnel portal go up to a waiting area, where a bank of turnstiles and one exit-only turnstile lead to a mezzanine that had its part-time token booth removed in 2010. Outside fare control, a single staircase goes up to a small plaza with an ornate fence between two buildings on the west side of Flatbush Avenue between Ocean and Lefferts Avenues. [6]


The Malbone Street Tunnel on the southbound local track.

This station opened on July 2, 1878 when the Brooklyn, Flatbush and Coney Island Railway established it as the Brighton Line's temporary northern terminus on what was then known as the Willink Entrance to Prospect Park. On August 18, 1878, the line was completed north to Bedford Terminal with a connection to the Long Island Rail Road.

In 1918, the station began a rebuilding in order to accommodate the new subway connection to the Manhattan Bridge and Montague Street Tunnel. This rebuilding contributed to the Malbone Street Wreck on November 1 when a train of elevated cars was wrecked on the then-new curve on what is now the unused southbound (O1) local track. At least 93 individuals died, making it one of the U.S.'s deadliest train crashes.[7][8][9]

The connection to the bridge and lines in Manhattan was completed on August 1, 1920, with four-track express service beginning south of this station.[9]

Prospect Park was the closest station to Ebbets Field, home of the Brooklyn Dodgers until the team moved to Los Angeles after the 1957 season. The stadium was located at Bedford Avenue and Sullivan Place three blocks to the east and one block to the north. That area is now occupied by the Ebbets Field Apartments.

This station was the site of an October 15, 2008 NYPD arrest in which it was alleged that the suspect had been sodomized, leading to both criminal action and a lawsuit against the NYPD. All of the officers involved were acquitted and the lawsuit thrown out.[10]


  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2011–2016". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 31, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books. 
  4. ^ Artwork: Brighton Clay Re-Leaf (Susan Tunick)
  5. ^ "MTA Guide to Accessible Transit". Retrieved June 1, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Park Slope/Prospect Park" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  7. ^ Cudahy, Brian (1999). The Malbone Street Wreck, New York: Fordham University Press. p. 81.
  8. ^ Brooklyn Daily Eagle October 27, 1919 p10.
  9. ^ a b "The lore of the FRANKLIN AVENUE SHUTTLE - Forgotten New York". Retrieved 2016-07-21. 
  10. ^ "Michael Mineo sodomy trial verdict: Jury finds all cops not guilty on all counts". Daily News. New York. 22 February 2010. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. 

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