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15th Street–Prospect Park (IND Culver Line)

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15th Street–Prospect Park is a local station on the IND Culver Line of the New York City Subway. Located at 15th Street east of Prospect Park West in Windsor Terrace/Park Slope, Brooklyn, it is served by the F and G trains at all times.

 15 Street–Prospect Park
 "F" train"G" train
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Platform view
Station statistics
Address15th Street near Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, NY 11215
LocaleWindsor Terrace, Park Slope
Coordinates40°39′38″N 73°58′45″W / 40.66056°N 73.97917°W / 40.66056; -73.97917Coordinates: 40°39′38″N 73°58′45″W / 40.66056°N 73.97917°W / 40.66056; -73.97917
DivisionB (IND)
LineIND Culver Line
Services      F all times (all times)
      G all times (all times)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: B61, B68
Platforms1 island platform
Other information
OpenedOctober 7, 1933; 85 years ago (1933-10-07)
Station code241[1]
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
Passengers (2017)1,917,454[3]Decrease 2.1%
Rank255 out of 425
Station succession
Next northSeventh Avenue: F all timesG all times
Next southFort Hamilton Parkway: F all timesG all times

15th Street–Prospect Park Subway Station (IND)
MPSNew York City Subway System MPS
NRHP reference #05000748[4]
Added to NRHPJuly 27, 2005



One of the goals of Mayor John Hylan's Independent Subway System (IND), proposed in the 1920s was a line to Coney Island, reached by a recapture of the BMT Culver Line.[5][6] As originally designed, service to and from Manhattan would have been exclusively provided by Culver express trains, while all local service would have fed into the IND Crosstown Line.[7] The line was extended from Bergen Street to Church Avenue on October 7, 1933, including the 15th Street–Prospect Park station.[8][9] This station was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on July 27, 2005.[4]

Station layoutEdit

Track layout
to 7 Av
G Street Level Exit/Entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
Platform level
Northbound local   toward Jamaica–179th Street (Seventh Avenue)
  toward Court Square (Seventh Avenue)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Southbound local   toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (Fort Hamilton Parkway)
  toward Church Avenue (Fort Hamilton Parkway)

This underground station has two tracks and an island platform. The two express tracks of the line run under Prospect Park, and are neither visible from this station nor used in revenue service.[10]

The station and tunnel were constructed about 100 feet (30 m) east of Prospect Park West. Therefore, the station is not located underneath a street, and some portions of the tunnel are directly underneath Prospect Park, while others are between the west side of the park and 10th Avenue.

Both trackside walls have an orange-yellow trim line with a medium brown border with small black and white "15TH ST." signs below it at regular intervals. This tile band is set in a three-high course, a pattern usually reserved for express stations. Large, white brick columns run along both sides of the platform and the mezzanine above at regular intervals with alternating ones having the standard black and white station name plate.


The narrow mezzanine is full length and allows out-of-system walking from one end to the other while the area inside fare control does not, having two sections, one considerably smaller than the other. The northern end has four exit stairs, the latter two of which have stone banisters:[11]

  • one to the north side of the Bartel-Pritchard Square between 15th Street and Prospect Park[11]
  • one on the corner of Prospect Park West and Prospect Park Southwest[11]
  • one inside Prospect Park at Prospect Park West[11]
  • one inside Prospect Park at Prospect Park Southwest[11]

The center of the mezzanine has one staircase going up to the north side of 16th Street while the south end has one staircase going up to the north side of Windsor Place near the intersection of Howard Place.[11] Full height turnstiles provide access to/from fare control near these three entrances/exits. The station's only token booth and bank of regular turnstiles is located between the south and center fare control areas. Evidence of at least two former booths exist.

In popular cultureEdit

Several dream sequences in the film Pi, which take place in an empty generic-looking New York City Subway station, were shot at 15th Street–Prospect Park. In some of the shots, the sign indicating the exit to Bartel-Pritchard Square is visible in the background. The Windsor Pl. entrance is featured next to Melvin's car in the 1998 film "As Good As it Gets".


  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2012–2017". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
  5. ^ The New York Times, Plan to Recapture Culver Line Ready, July 12, 1932, page 9
  6. ^ The New York Times, New Subway Routes in Hylan Program to Cost $186,046,000, March 21, 1925, page 1
  7. ^ "Feasibility and Analysis of F Express Service in Brooklyn" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 2016. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  8. ^ "Independent Subway Services Beginning in 1932". August 21, 2013. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  9. ^ "City Subway Extended". The New York Times. October 7, 1933. p. 16. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  10. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  11. ^ a b c d e f "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Park Slope/Prospect Park" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved August 2, 2015.

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