Sheepshead Bay (BMT Brighton Line)

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Sheepshead Bay
NYCS-bull-trans-B.svg NYCS-bull-trans-Q.svg
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Sheepshead Bay - Coney Island Bound Platform.jpg
Station statistics
Address Sheepshead Bay Road & East 16th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11235
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Sheepshead Bay
Coordinates 40°35′14″N 73°57′12″W / 40.587168°N 73.953266°W / 40.587168; -73.953266Coordinates: 40°35′14″N 73°57′12″W / 40.587168°N 73.953266°W / 40.587168; -73.953266
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Brighton Line
Services       B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
      Q all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: B4, B36, B49
Structure Embankment
Platforms 2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened July 2, 1878; 138 years ago (1878-07-02)(BF&CI)
1908; 109 years ago (1908) (BRT)
Passengers (2015) 4,296,566[1]Increase 2.3%
Rank 113 out of 425
Station succession
Next north Neck Road (local): Q all times
Kings Highway (express): B weekdays until 11:00 p.m.
Next south Brighton Beach: B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. Q all times

Sheepshead Bay is an express station on the BMT Brighton Line of the New York City Subway. It is located in the Sheepshead Bay neighborhood of Brooklyn. It is served by the Q train at all times and by the B train on weekdays.

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
to Kings Hwy
to Neck Rd
to Brighton Beach
to Brighton Beach
Platform level
Southbound local NYCS-bull-trans-Q.svg toward Stillwell Avenue (Brighton Beach)
Island platform, doors will open on the left for local trains, right for express trains
Southbound express NYCS-bull-trans-B.svg toward Brighton Beach weekdays (Terminus)
Northbound express NYCS-bull-trans-B.svg toward Bedford Park Boulevard rush hours, 145th Street weekdays (Kings Highway)
Island platform, doors will open on the left for local trains, right for express trains
Northbound local NYCS-bull-trans-Q.svg toward 96th Street (Neck Road)
G Street Level Entrances/Exits
Station house to entrances/exits, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
Station signage
To Coney Island stair, mosaic

The station has four tracks and two island platforms.[2] It was renovated by New York City Transit’s in-house maintenance-of-way forces in 1997-1998.

The platforms curve to the west at the south end and were extended to the north on both sides. There is clear evidence of this extension by looking underneath the platforms. This station originally was a terminal stop as the extension to Brighton Beach was not built until 1917. Outside and to the east of the Voorhies Avenue side entrance, there is a pedestrian overpass running alongside the Manhattan-bound side of line, but it only crosses the Belt Parkway to the south side.

In December 2008, a wooden pedestrian bridge was built above the express tracks that connected the two platforms near the north end of this station. This was for passengers wishing to transfer between directions during reconstruction of Avenue U and Neck Road. The bridge was removed in September 2010.

The 1998 artwork here is called Postcards from Sheepshead Bay by Deborah Goletz. Made of ceramic tile, it draws the faces and life on the "Bay" (as Brooklyn residents call it short for Sheepshead Bay). The three artwork designs are a diner, some people wearing 17th century clothing near a boat dock, and a fisherman. A closer examination of the tile band at the mezzanine level has seashells and Pisces fish.


The full-time entrance at Sheepshead Bay Road and East 16th Street has a "Welcome to Sheepshead Bay" sign next to the doors along with two circular windows that allow a peek from the outside to the mezzanine and vice versa. A bench sits facing fare control here and has two overhead heaters. This side has two stairs to each platform. Prior to the renovation, there was a small passageway behind the booth area that led to a restaurant and small arcade of stores. It is now sealed.[3]

The part-time entrance to Voorhies Avenue is at the very south end of the platforms and each has one staircase to the mezzanine. This side had a booth until 2010 that was open only during weekday mornings. It now has a regular bank of turnstiles that is only open weekdays and is HEET access other times.[3]

Both mezzanines have BMT-style directional mosaics tablets that says "To Manhattan" and "To Coney Island."

In popular culture[edit]

The station was featured in the film version of Glengarry Glen Ross.


  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  2. ^ Marrero, Robert (2017-01-01). "472 Stations, 850 Miles" (PDF). B24 Blog, via Dropbox. Retrieved 2015-10-09. 
  3. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Sheepshead Bay" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 

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