|New York City Subway station (rapid transit)|
Northbound R train arriving at the platform
|Address||53rd Street & Fourth Avenue|
Brooklyn, NY 11220
|Line||BMT Fourth Avenue Line|
|Services||N (late nights) |
R (all times)
W (limited rush hour service only)
|Transit connections||New York City Bus: B11; B37 (on Third Avenue); B63 (on Fifth Avenue)|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Tracks||4 (2 in regular service)|
|Opened||June 22, 1915|
|Closed||March 27, 2017(reconstruction)|
|Rebuilt||September 8, 2017|
|Fourth Avenue and 53rd Street, Fourth Avenue and 52nd Street (southbound only)|
|Passengers (2018)||2,378,056 100.2%|
|Rank||196 out of 424|
|Next north||45th Street: N R W|
|Next south||59th Street: N R W|
53rd Street is a local station on the BMT Fourth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at 53rd Street and Fourth Avenue in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, it is served by the R train at all times. The N train also stops here during late nights, and a few rush-hour W trains stop here in the peak direction.
This station was overhauled in the late 1970s. The original trim lines were replaced with white cinderblock tiles, except for small recesses in the walls, which contained yellow-painted cinderblock tiles. The staircases were repaired and new platform edges were installed. The yellow cinderblock field contained the station-name signs and black text pointing to the exits. The renovation also replaced incandescent lighting with fluorescent lighting.
Under the 2015–2019 MTA Capital Plan, the station, along with thirty other New York City Subway stations, underwent a complete overhaul as part of the Enhanced Station Initiative and was entirely closed for 5 months. Updates included cellular service, Wi-Fi, USB charging stations, interactive service advisories and maps, improved signage, and improved station lighting. From January to May 2016, Grimshaw Architects worked on a design for the station's renovation, with Arup Group acting as a consultant.
The award for Package 1 of the renovations, which covered renovations at the Prospect Avenue, 53rd Street, and Bay Ridge Avenue stations on the BMT Fourth Avenue Line, was awarded on November 30, 2016. Citnalta-Forte Joint Venture was selected to renovate the three stations under a $72 million design–build contract, the first such contract in the subway system's history. The station was closed on March 27, 2017 for these renovations, and reopened on September 8, 2017, ahead of schedule.
|M||Mezzanine||Fare control, station agent|
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
|Northbound local||← toward Forest Hills–71st Avenue (Whitehall Street nights) (45th Street)|
← late nights, rush hours toward Astoria–Ditmars Boulevard (45th Street)
|Northbound express||← does not stop here|
|Southbound express||does not stop here →|
|Southbound local|| toward Bay Ridge–95th Street (59th Street) → |
late nights, rush hours toward 86th Street–Gravesend (59th Street) →
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
This underground station has four tracks and two side platforms. The two center tracks are used by N express trains during daytime hours. The station walls contain refurbished cinderblock tiles (colored white with small recesses containing black tiles), black and white signs, and fluorescent lights. The 2017 renovation added ADA-compliant platform treads and a gray tiled floor, as well as indirect lighting atop the station wall, relocated from above the platform edge.
On the platforms, street signs and arrows leading to the station's exits are painted white on the wall tiles. Columns run along the entire length of both platforms and are painted black. Every other column has a "53 Street" sign on it in black with white text. All are rounded except for the ones near the two staircases to the station's main entrance, which was where the platforms were extended.
The station's main entrance has two staircases to each platform and one to each northern corner of Fourth Avenue and 53rd Street. The mezzanine allows transfer between directions and contains some original mosaic directional and arrow signs. The one by the staircases to the southbound platform displays "Ft. Hamilton & Coney Island" while the one by the Manhattan-bound platform staircases displays "Down Town Trains."
The southbound platform has an additional entrance near the north end. Two platform-level turnstiles lead to a small landing before a three-flight staircase goes up to 52nd Street and Fourth Avenue. Prior to the 2017 renovation, the entrance was exit-only. The landing area contained the original 1915 trim band with a single "53" tiled on it prior to the renovation of the station.
|Enhanced Station Initiative: 53 St Station Grand Opening|