Sheepshead Bay station

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 Sheepshead Bay
 "B" train"Q" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Sheepshead Bay - Coney Island Bound Platform.jpg
Station statistics
AddressSheepshead Bay Road & East 16th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11235
BoroughBrooklyn
LocaleSheepshead Bay
Coordinates40°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
DivisionB (BMT)
LineBMT Brighton Line
Services   B Weekday rush hours, middays and early evenings (Weekday rush hours, middays and early evenings)
   Q all times (all times)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: B4, B36, B49
StructureEmbankment
Platforms2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks4
Other information
OpenedJuly 2, 1878; 142 years ago (1878-07-02) (BF&CI)
1908; 112 years ago (1908) (BRT)
Station code054[1]
Accessiblenot ADA-accessible; accessibility planned
Opposite-direction transfer availableYes
Traffic
20194,169,796[3]Decrease 0.3%
Rank119 out of 424[3]
Station succession
Next northKings Highway (express): B Weekday rush hours, middays and early evenings
Neck Road (local): Q all times
Next southBrighton Beach: B Weekday rush hours, middays and early eveningsQ 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.

History[edit]

It was renovated by New York City Transit’s in-house maintenance-of-way forces in 1997-1998.

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.

In 2019, the MTA announced that this station would become ADA-accessible as part of the agency's 2020–2024 Capital Program.[4]

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
P
Platform level
Northbound local "Q" train toward 96th Street (Neck Road)
Island platform
Northbound express "B" train weekdays toward Bedford Park Boulevard or 145th Street (Kings Highway)
Southbound express "B" train weekdays toward Brighton Beach (Terminus)
Island platform
Southbound local "Q" train toward Coney Island (Brighton Beach)
G Street Level Entrances/exits, station house and agents, MetroCard machines
Station signage

This station, which is located on an embankment, has four tracks and two island platforms, and is an express station[5]

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.

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. Outside the station is a mural in the style of a "Welcome to Sheepshead Bay" postcard. As a homage to similar boardwalk attractions, this mural features holes for people inside to stick their faces through, and have their picture taken from outside.

To Coney Island stair, mosaic

Exits[edit]

In addition to the aforementioned interactive mural, the full-time entrance at Sheepshead Bay Road and East 16th Street also has a bench facing fare control and two overhead heaters. This side has two stairs to each platform. There was a small arcade of stores starting on the side opposite of the station agent booth prior to the station's renovation, but it was rearranged and broken up into several stores.[6]

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.[6]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2014–2019". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2020. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2014–2019". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2020. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  4. ^ "Press Release - MTA Headquarters - MTA Announces 20 Additional Subway Stations to Receive Accessibility Improvements Under Proposed 2020-2024 Capital Plan". MTA. December 19, 2019. Retrieved December 25, 2019.
  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: Sheepshead Bay" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015.

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