Winthrop Street (IRT Nostrand Avenue Line)

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Winthrop Street
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New York City Subway rapid transit station
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Northbound street stair
Station statistics
Address Winthrop Street & Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Prospect Lefferts Gardens
Coordinates 40°39′25″N 73°57′01″W / 40.657039°N 73.950262°W / 40.657039; -73.950262Coordinates: 40°39′25″N 73°57′01″W / 40.657039°N 73.950262°W / 40.657039; -73.950262
Division A (IRT)
Line IRT Nostrand Avenue Line
Services       2 all times (all times)
      5 weekdays until 8:45 p.m. (weekdays until 8:45 p.m.)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: B44, B44 SBS
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened August 23, 1920; 96 years ago (August 23, 1920)
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[1]
Passengers (2015) 2,241,716[2]Decrease 1%
Rank 224 out of 425
Station succession
Next north Sterling Street: 2 all times 5 weekdays until 8:45 p.m.
Next south Church Avenue: 2 all times 5 weekdays until 8:45 p.m.

Winthrop Street is a station on the IRT Nostrand Avenue Line of the New York City Subway, located in Brooklyn at the intersection of Winthrop Street and Nostrand Avenue. It is served by the 2 train at all times and the 5 train on weekdays.


Track layout
to Sterling St
to Church Av

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.[3][4][5] The construction of the subway along Nostrand Avenue spurred real estate development in the surrounding areas.[6] The Nostrand Avenue Line opened on August 23, 1920, and the Winthrop Street station opened along with it.[7]

The platforms at Winthrop Street were extended at either end to 510 feet during the 1950s to accommodate 10 car trains.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound NYCS-bull-trans-2.svg toward Wakefield – 241st Street, NYCS-bull-trans-5.svg toward Dyre Avenue (weekdays) or Nereid Avenue (PM rush) (Sterling Street)
Southbound NYCS-bull-trans-2.svg NYCS-bull-trans-5.svg(weekdays) toward Flatbush Avenue – Brooklyn College (Church Avenue)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Platform level

This underground station has two tracks and two side platforms. Both platforms have their original 1920s Dual Contracts era tiling. The name tablets read "WINTHROP ST." in Times New Roman gold lettering on a blue background with a green and brown border. The trim line consists of a light brown center surrounded by green lines and a darker brown border. "W" tablets on a blue background and brown border run along the trim line at regular intervals.

At either ends of each platform, where they were extended in the 1950s to accommodate the current standard "A" Division train length of 510 feet, there are white tiles with name tablets reading "WINTHROP STREET" in white Helvetica font spelled on a blue background at regular intervals. All columns in the station are I-beam and painted green. The original white signs in black lettering directing to the Downstate Medical Center University Hospital and Kings County Hospital remain.


Each platform has one fare control area one block apart from each other and there are no crossovers or crossunders to allow free transfers between directions. The one on the Manhattan-bound side, located on platform level, has a turnstile bank, token booth, and one staircase going up to the northeast corner of Winthrop Street and Nostrand Avenue.[8]

The fare control area on the Flatbush Avenue-bound platform is unstaffed. Two ten-step staircases go up to a mezzanine where two exit-only turnstiles and one High Entry/Exit Turnstiles provides access to/from the station. Outside fare control, there is a single staircase going up to the southwest corner of Parkside and Nostrand Avenues, one block south of the staircase to the Manhattan-bound fare control area. Mosaic directional signs on the southbound platform indicate it used to have an exit to Winthrop Street as well.[8]

Exit location[8] Exit type Number of exits Platform served
SW corner of Nostrand Avenue and Parkside Avenue Staircase 1 Southbound
NE corner of Nostrand Avenue and Winthrop Street Staircase 1 Northbound


  1. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  3. ^ "Terms and Conditions of Dual System Contracts". Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "The Dual System of Rapid Transit (1912)". 
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ "Big Eastern Parkway Deal". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. July 1, 1915. Retrieved August 23, 2016 – via Brooklyn Newspapers. 
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ a b c "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Crown Heights" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved January 1, 2017. 

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