|New York City Subway station (rapid transit)|
The downtown platform
|Address||59th Street & Fourth Avenue|
Brooklyn, NY 11220
|Line||BMT Fourth Avenue Line|
|Services||N (all times) |
R (all times)
W (limited rush hour service only)
|Transit connections|| New York City Bus: B9; B37 (on Third Avenue); B63 (on Fifth Avenue)|
⛴ NYC Ferry: Rockaway and South Brooklyn routes (at Brooklyn Army Terminal)
|Platforms||2 island platforms|
|Tracks||4 (2 in regular service)|
|Opened||June 22, 1915|
|Accessible||not ADA-accessible; currently undergoing renovations for ADA access|
|Accessibility||Cross-platform wheelchair transfer available|
|Passengers (2018)||3,998,207 24.9%|
|Rank||120 out of 424|
|Next north||36th Street (express): N |
53rd Street (local): N R W
|Next south||Eighth Avenue (Sea Beach): N W |
Bay Ridge Avenue (Bay Ridge): R
59th Street is an express station on the BMT Fourth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at 59th Street and Fourth Avenue in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Sunset Park, it is served by the N and R trains at all times, as well as some W trains during rush hours.
On March 15, 1913, construction began on the section including this station, Route 11B1, which extended from 43rd Street to 61st Street. Originally, this section was planned to have two tracks, but after the connection to the Sea Beach Line was added to the plan during the middle of construction, the plan was changed to four tracks. This section was completed in 1915.
As an express station, the platforms were originally 480 feet (150 m) long, allowing for eight-car expresses. The station was lengthened to 615 feet (187 m) in the 1960s, and was overhauled in the late 1970s.
Elevator access for this station has been proposed for the late 2010s. However, the installation of elevators has been delayed due to a column replacement project above this section of the Fourth Avenue Line. Both the column replacement and the elevator installation require temporary lane closures on Fourth Avenue, a major artery. An elevator contract was supposed to be awarded in November 2016, but was pushed back to July 2018. A $55.2 million contract for the installation of three elevators at the 59th Street station was awarded in late 2018.
|M||Mezzanine||Fare control, station agent|
|B||Northbound local||← toward Forest Hills–71st Avenue (Whitehall Street late nights) (53rd Street)|
← late nights, rush hours toward Astoria–Ditmars Boulevard (53rd Street)
|Island platform, doors will open on the left, right|
|Northbound express||← toward Astoria–Ditmars Boulevard except late nights (36th Street)|
|Southbound express||toward 86th Street–Gravesend except late nights (Eighth Avenue) →|
|Island platform, doors will open on the left, right|
|Southbound local||→ toward Bay Ridge–95th Street (Bay Ridge Avenue) →|
→ late nights, rush hours toward 86th Street–Gravesend (Eighth Avenue) →
This station is the southernmost four-track express station on the Fourth Avenue Line with two island platforms. The outer local tracks continue along Fourth Avenue to Bay Ridge–95th Street while the center express tracks turn east to become the BMT Sea Beach Line. South of the station are two diamond crossovers, allowing trains to cross from the outer track to the center track or vice versa.
The station walls have mosaic trim lines on top of the white tiles, and spell 59th Street at intervals. The northern sections of the station are where the platforms were extended in the 1950s, and they have no mosaic trims or tiles along the wall, instead including an extension of the tunnel benchwall. Two sets of columns run along the entire length of both platforms and are painted yellow. The mosaic trim lines are also present in the mezzanines. At the top of the pairs of staircases to each of the platforms, in the trim lines, there are directional mosaics. Those to the Brooklyn-bound platform say "UP TOWN TRAINS", while those to the Manhattan-bound platform say "DOWN TOWN TRAINS".
The street-level entrances are at the southern end of the station, with one entrance along either side of Fourth Avenue between 60th and 61st Streets. This part-time exit is unstaffed and has HEET turnstiles. There are also four exits to Fourth Avenue and 59th Street, with two each to either northern corner, at the north end of the station. Each entrance has its own small mezzanine, and allows for crossovers between platforms.
Immediately south of the station, one can see tunnel stub headings running straight from the local tracks. They run for about 150 feet and would have been for a line to Staten Island via the Staten Island Tunnel under The Narrows, which was aborted by Mayor Hylan before it was completed. There is a Maintenance of Way shed that was built on the southbound trackway. The northbound trackway is unobstructed, albeit much darker. The northbound trackway ends on a brick wall, with evidence of some sort of space beyond. South of this station, the bridge over the LIRR Bay Ridge Branch has four trackways, with the outer tracks occupying the two western ones. The tracks of the BMT Fourth Avenue Line are under the western half of Fourth Avenue at this point so that two additional tracks could be laid in the future if traffic ever warranted it.
Portions of what was to be two additional tracks for the Fourth Avenue Line south of this station were constructed by the then Brooklyn Edison Company initially for use as circuit breaker chambers.
The original proposal planned a connection from a point between 65th and 67th Streets, just south of the station, running to Arrietta Street near the Tompkinsville station in Tompkinsville, Staten Island.
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