|New York City Subway station (rapid transit)|
Looking down the platform
|Address||Flatbush Avenue & Nostrand Avenue|
Brooklyn, NY 11210
|Line||IRT Nostrand Avenue Line|
|Services||2 (all times) |
5 (weekdays only)
|Transit connections|| NYCT Bus: B6, B11, B41, B44, B44 SBS|
MTA Bus: B103, BM2, Q35
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Opened||August 23, 1920|
|Passengers (2018)||5,822,873 4.7%|
|Rank||73 out of 424|
|Next north||Newkirk Avenue: 2 5|
|Next south||(Terminal): 2 5|
|Next north||Church Avenue: 2 5|
|Next south||none: 2 5|
Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College (announced as Brooklyn College–Flatbush Avenue on rolling stock) is the southern terminal station on the IRT Nostrand Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. It is located at the intersection of Flatbush and Nostrand Avenues in Flatbush, Brooklyn, locally called "The Junction". The station is served by the 2 train at all times and the 5 train on weekdays. It is also the closest subway station to Brooklyn College and Midwood High School.
The Dual Contracts, which were signed on March 19, 1913, were contracts for the construction and 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 Flatbush Avenue station opened as its terminal.
This underground station is the only "dead-end" terminal station in the subway system that does not have an island platform. It was built with two side platforms and two tracks to allow for a planned but ultimately unbuilt extension of the IRT Nostrand Avenue Line. The extension, proposed in 1929, would have brought the line south towards Voorhies Avenue in Sheepshead Bay. These plans were revisited in 1939, 1946, 1951, and 1968.
In 1968, as part of the Program for Action, the MTA gave consideration to extending the Nostrand Avenue Line approximately 1,000 feet (300 m) beyond the station to provide room for turnaround facilities. This would eliminate the operational restrictions caused by the current layout. However, a ballot measure for funding much of the program was voted down in 1971, delaying this plan indefinitely. This plan was again considered in 1989.
In 1981, the MTA listed the station among the 69 most deteriorated stations in the subway system. Starting in December 1993, the station was renovated at the cost of $6 million. An elevator was installed, and the 1920s-style "Flatbush Avenue" name tablets, containing red backgrounds with blue borders, were restored on both platforms. The top and bottom of the platform walls contain a blue solid line with a colorful border trim. This results in a tiling scheme with blue tiles that create a wavy pattern that comes farther up whenever there is a "F" tile — which stands for Flatbush — in the station's trimline.
|G||Street Level||Exits / Entrances|
|East Mezzanine||Fare control, station agent|
Elevator at SE corner of Flatbush Avenue and Nostrand Avenue
|Side platform, doors will open on the left [note 1]|
|Track 3||← toward Wakefield–241st Street (Newkirk Avenue)|
|Track 2||← toward Wakefield–241st Street weekends and late nights (Newkirk Avenue)|
← toward Nereid Avenue PM rush hours, Eastchester–Dyre Avenue weekdays until 8:45 p.m. (Newkirk Avenue)
|Side platform, doors will open on the right [note 1]|
|West Mezzanine||Fare control|
This station has two side platforms, which are connected at the south end just past the bumper blocks (forming a "U" shape), mitigating what is otherwise an inefficient terminal design, in which passengers must know which track a train is departing from before going to one of the two platforms.
The IRT Nostrand Avenue Line tunnels continue beyond the bumper blocks at Flatbush Avenue and Nostrand Avenue. They extend for several hundred feet to Avenue H, but no tracks were ever laid in these tunnels. Up until about 2006, passengers could see the cemented-over gratings extending down Nostrand Avenue. When a new building went up, the grates were removed. Prior to the construction of the exit at the south end of the station, there was only a temporary wooden ramp connecting the platforms and the tunnels were actually visible to passengers.
On weekdays when 5 trains serve the station, all Manhattan-bound 2 trains depart from Track 3, and all Manhattan-bound 5 trains depart from Track 2. When the 5 does not serve the station, 2 trains depart from both tracks.
The station platforms have several doors for various non-public uses, including crew quarters. A 2 train crew office is on the Track 3 side, and a 5 train crew office is on the Track 2 side. There are public restrooms along Track 3 just within the station's main entrance. The columns along the platforms are painted light-blue.
At the U-shaped end, there is an unstaffed exit containing two HEET turnstiles and one exit-only turnstile. The single staircase here goes up to the west side of Nostrand Avenue north of Avenue H. The station's main entrance is on the Track 3 (eastern) platform. Street stairs from either eastern corners of Nostrand and Flatbush Avenues lead to where the full-time token booth and two separate banks of turnstiles are. The single elevator from street level down to fare control is at the southeast corner. There is another entrance on the platform of Track 2 (west side). This entrance has two sets of street stairs adjacent to each other at the northwest corner of Flatbush Avenue and Nostrand Avenue. The token booth and turnstile bank are open weekdays only. A single HEET turnstile provides access to this entrance other times.
|Exit location||Exit type||Number of exits|
|NE corner of Nostrand Avenue and Flatbush Avenue||Staircase||2|
|SE corner of Nostrand Avenue and Flatbush Avenue||Staircase||2|
|NW corner of Nostrand Avenue and Flatbush Avenue||Staircase||2|
|NW corner of Nostrand Avenue and Avenue H||Staircase||1|
...and at the major Nostrand Ave. intersection [with Flatbush Avenue], known as the Junction...
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