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Rockaway Avenue station (IND Fulton Street Line)

 Rockaway Avenue
 "C" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Eastbound platform at Rockaway Avenue station, December 2017.JPG
Eastbound platform at Rockaway Avenue station in 2017
Station statistics
AddressRockaway Avenue & Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11233
LocaleBedford-Stuyvesant, Ocean Hill
Coordinates40°40′42″N 73°54′39″W / 40.67823°N 73.910823°W / 40.67823; -73.910823
DivisionB (IND)
LineIND Fulton Street Line
Services      A late nights (late nights)
      C all except late nights (all except late nights)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: B7, B25, B60
Platforms2 side platforms
Other information
OpenedApril 9, 1936; 83 years ago (April 9, 1936)[1]
Station code183[2]
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[3]
Passengers (2018)1,790,683[4]Decrease 0.2%
Rank259 out of 424
Station succession
Next northRalph Avenue: A late nightsC all except late nights
Next southBroadway Junction: A late nightsC all except late nights

Rockaway Avenue is a local station on the IND Fulton Street Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Rockaway Avenue and Fulton Street in Brooklyn, it is served by the C train at all times except nights, when the A train takes over service.


Track layout

When it opened on April 9, 1936, Rockaway Avenue was the terminal for IND Fulton Street Line.[1] During this time, there was a diamond crossover between the express tracks north of the station and trains stub ended here. Between the express and local tracks in the area of the crossover were extra columns to support the subway ceiling to make up for the lack of columns that would have between the express tracks, which were not built due to the installation of the crossover. The crossover switches were controlled from a tower at Utica Avenue. The outlines of the now painted out crossovers and signals can still be seen. The levers are also still in place on the machine, but are now painted yellow and are no longer used. Meanwhile, at the nine-car stop marker on the southbound local track, there is a short section of ballasted type 1 track on both express tracks where the bumper blocks were located; when Broadway Junction opened, the temporary wooden platform extension was removed from the northbound local track only. Southbound trains continued on the local track south of Utica Avenue to the diamond crossover between the express tracks north of Broadway Junction. Trains then used this crossover to cross to the northbound express track (and another crossover to get to the local one). They then returned to either northbound track at Broadway Junction to resume service to Manhattan.

Construction on the Fulton Street Line east of Rockaway Avenue halted in 1942 due to World War II restrictions on materials. The entire tunnel infrastructure east of Euclid Avenue, including the Pitkin Yard and the yard leads, was completed, but rails and signals were not installed and Broadway Junction only had its tile completed. The tile work there is the last of the old style tiles as the tile work on the stations east is of a more modern type. Track and signals were completed into Broadway Junction in 1946 and to Euclid Avenue two years later.

Station layout

G Street level Exit/entrance
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local "C" train toward 168th Street ("A" train toward Inwood–207th Street nights) (Ralph Avenue)
Northbound express "A" train does not stop here
Southbound express "A" train does not stop here →
Southbound local "C" train toward Euclid Avenue ("A" train toward Far Rockaway nights) (Broadway Junction)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

This is a four-track station with two side platforms. The name tablets are white text with purple backgrounds. The top tiles of the platform walls contain purple trims with "Rockaway" written one tile below in a black background. The platforms are column-less except near the fare control areas. These are also colored purple.


The station has three exits. The full-time one is at the west (railroad north) end of the platforms. This exit has two staircases on either side of Fulton Street at Hopkinson Avenue or Thomas S. Boyland Street that lead to a small mezzanine. There is one staircase to each platform here and transfers between directions are allowed.[5]

The other exits at the other side of the station are at platform level and unstaffed. They both have two street staircases that lead to Rockaway Avenue, but the one on the Euclid Avenue-bound platform is exit only, containing one full height turnstile, while the one on the Manhattan-bound platform has two high entry/exit turnstiles and one exit-only turnstile.[5]


  1. ^ a b "New Subway Link Opened by Mayor — He Tells 15,000 in Brooklyn It Will Be Extended to Queens When Red Tape Is Cut — Urges End of Politics — Both La Guardia and Delaney Declare Unification Could Then Be Attained Quickly". The New York Times. 1936-04-09. p. 25. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-08-15.
  2. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  3. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  4. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Ocean Hill" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016.

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