Sterling Street (IRT Nostrand Avenue Line)
|New York City Subway rapid transit station|
Western entrance to the station
|Address||Sterling Street & Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225
|Locale||Prospect Lefferts Gardens|
|Line||IRT Nostrand Avenue Line|
|Services||2 (all times)
5 (weekdays until 8:45 p.m.)
|Transit connections||NYCT Bus: B43, B44, B44 SBS|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Opened||August 23, 1920|
|Passengers (2015)||1,822,524 2%|
|Rank||268 out of 422|
|Next north||President Street: 2 5|
|Next south||Winthrop Street: 2 5|
Sterling Street is a station on the IRT Nostrand Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn at the intersection of Sterling Street and Nostrand Avenue, it is served by the 2 train at all times and the 5 train on weekdays.
The Dual Contracts, which were signed on March 19, 1913, were contracts for the construction and/or rehabilitation and operation of rapid transit lines in the City of New York.The Dual Contracts promised the construction of several lines in Brooklyn. As part of Contract 4, the IRT agreed to build a subway line along Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn. The construction of the subway along Nostrand Avenue spurred real estate development in the surrounding areas. The Nostrand Avenue Line opened on August 23, 1920, and the Sterling Street station opened along with it.
The platforms at Sterling Street were lengthened during the 1950s to 510 feet so that the platforms could accommodate 10-car trains.
|M||Mezzanine||Fare control, station agent|
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
|Northbound||← toward Wakefield – 241st Street, toward Dyre Avenue (weekdays) or Nereid Avenue (PM rush) (President Street)|
|Southbound||→ (weekdays) toward Flatbush Avenue – Brooklyn College (Winthrop Street) →|
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
The underground station has two tracks and two side platforms. The platforms have original 1920s Dual Contracts era tiling. The name tablets have "STERLING ST." in white letters on a brown background with a blue and brown border. The tile's trim line consists of light brown coloring with a border composed of a mix of dark blue and brown coloring. An intermediate line of green runs between these two borders.
The platforms are offset at the north end, where they were extended in the 1950s and tiling from that time period was installed. The name tablets here run at regular intervals and have "STERLING STREET" in white letters on a brown background. Both platforms and the mezzanine have light blue I-beam columns at regular intervals.
The station's only entrance/exit is a small mezzanine above the platforms towards the northern end. Inside fare control, it has two staircases going down to each platform, a newsstand, and a turnstile bank. Outside fare control, it has token booth and two street staircases leading up to both northern corners of Nostrand Avenue and Sterling Street. The mezzanine walls have four different large frames of drawings and paintings. It is not known who the author or what the name of this artwork is.
This is the only other station with two side platforms on the IRT Nostrand Avenue Line that allows a free transfer between directions (besides Flatbush Avenue, which uses a U-shaped set of side platforms). All stations to the south, including Flatbush Avenue, have their fare control areas on platform level.
|Exit location||Exit type||Number of exits||Platform served|
|NW corner of Nostrand Avenue and Sterling Street||Staircase||1||Both|
|NE corner of Nostrand Avenue and Sterling Street||Staircase||1||Both|
- "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-19.
- "Terms and Conditions of Dual System Contracts". nycsubway.org. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
- "The Dual System of Rapid Transit (1912)". nycsubway.org.
- "Most Recent Map of the Dual Subway System WhIch Shows How Brooklyn Borough Is Favored In New Transit Lines". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. September 9, 1917. Retrieved August 23, 2016 – via Brooklyn Newspapers.
- "Big Eastern Parkway Deal". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. July 1, 1915. Retrieved August 23, 2016 – via Brooklyn Newspapers.
- "Brooklyn Tube Extensions Open: I.R.T. Begins Service on Eastern Parkway and Nostrand Avenue Lines". New York Times. August 23, 1920. Retrieved 2010-02-28.
- "NYC DoT Maps: Sterling St (2)(5)" (PDF). mta.info. New York City Department of Transportation. 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
- nycsubway.org – Brooklyn IRT: Sterling Street
- nycsubway.org — Unknown Artwork at Sterling Street (unknown date)
- Station Reporter — 2 Train
- The Subway Nut — Sterling Street Pictures
- Sterling Street entrance from Google Maps Street View