86th Street station (BMT Sea Beach Line)

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86th Street, also known as Gravesend–86th Street, is a local station on the BMT Sea Beach Line of the New York City Subway, located at the intersection of 86th Street and West Seventh Street in Gravesend, Brooklyn.[5] It is served by the N train at all times, and by limited rush hour W trains. This station is the southern terminus for W trains.[6]

 86 Street
 "N" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
86th Street (BMT Sea Beach Line).jpg
North end of the station
Station statistics
Address86th Street & West Seventh Street
Brooklyn, NY 11223
Coordinates40°35′33.56″N 73°58′41.74″W / 40.5926556°N 73.9782611°W / 40.5926556; -73.9782611Coordinates: 40°35′33.56″N 73°58′41.74″W / 40.5926556°N 73.9782611°W / 40.5926556; -73.9782611
DivisionB (BMT)
LineBMT Sea Beach Line
Services      N all times (all times)
      W selected rush-hour trips (selected rush-hour trips)
Transit connectionsBus transport New York City Bus: B1, B4
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks4 (2 in regular service)
Other information
OpenedJune 22, 1915 (105 years ago) (1915-06-22)[1]
ClosedJanuary 18, 2016; 4 years ago (2016-01-18) (northbound reconstruction)
July 31, 2017; 3 years ago (2017-07-31) (southbound reconstruction)
RebuiltMay 22, 2017; 3 years ago (2017-05-22) (northbound reopening)
October 29, 2018; 22 months ago (2018-10-29) (southbound reopening)
Station code079[2]
Opposite-direction transfer availableYes
Former/other namesGravesend–86th Street
Passengers (2019)708,542[4]Increase 16.2%
Rank394 out of 424[4]
Station succession
Next northAvenue U: N all timesW selected rush-hour trips
Next south(Terminal): W selected rush-hour trips
Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue: N all times


The station opened on June 22, 1915, as part of an expanded Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company operation to Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue.[1][7] Between 2001 and 2005, the station was known as Gravesend–86th Street when N trains originated/terminated here while the Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue terminal was reconstructed.[8] Some destination signage continues to use this name.[9]

From January 18, 2016 to May 22, 2017, the Manhattan-bound platform at this station was closed for renovations.[10][11] The Coney Island-bound platform was closed for a much longer period of time, from July 31, 2017[12][13] to October 29, 2018.[14]

Between October 21, 2019 and Spring 2020, N trains terminated here so work could be completed to protect Coney Island Yard from flooding. An out-of-system transfer was available between the N at 86th Street and the F at Avenue X station.[15]

Station layoutEdit

Track layout
to Av U
G Street level Station house, entrances/exits, station agent, MetroCard machines
Platform level
Side platform
Northbound local   toward Ditmars Boulevard (Avenue U)
  toward Ditmars Boulevard (select weekday trips) (Avenue U)
Northbound express No regular service
Southbound express No regular service
Southbound local   toward Coney Island (Terminus)
  termination track (select weekday trips) →
Side platform
Southbound platform

The station has four tracks and two side platforms. The two center express tracks are not normally used, but both are available for rerouted trains. To the south of the station, the four tracks merge into two tracks and there is a connection to the Coney Island Complex.[16] As of 2013, the Manhattan and Coney Island express tracks have been replaced with new track beds and new third rail protection boards.[citation needed]

There is a building on the Coney Island-bound platform for non-public uses. Like many other stations on the Sea Beach Line, the platforms are dilapidated and have paint-chipped columns. At the southern end of the station there is a pedestrian bridge for employees only that provides access to Coney Island Yard. South of the station the line exits the open cut and runs at-grade. Portions of the platform are located beneath 86th Street.[17]

The 2018 artwork at this station is "Celebration", a glass mosaic made by Karen Margolis. The artwork highlights the connection between the neighborhood and commuters.[18]


The only entrance to the station is through a station house at 86th Street between West 8th and West 7th Streets, and it has a crossover between platforms.[5] There is an employee-only crossover between the platforms on the south end of the station; it is unknown if this crossover was part of a former second entrance, as the bridge also leads to a path to the nearby Coney Island Yard, although other stations on the line have two entrances.[19]


  1. ^ a b "Through Tube to Coney, 48 Minutes: First Train on Fourth Avenue Route Beats West End Line Eleven Minutes". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. June 22, 1915. Retrieved June 29, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2014–2019". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2020. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2014–2019". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2020. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Coney Island" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2018. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  6. ^ "N Subway Timetable, Effective June 8, 2020" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved August 18, 2020.
  7. ^ "NEW SUBWAY OPENS; MAYOR NOT PRESENT; Refuses to Attend 4th Av. Line Ceremony Because He Feels He Was Slighted. BAY RIDGE CELEBRATES 10,000 School Children Give Pageant In Honor of the Event -- Traffic Starts Tuesday". The New York Times. June 20, 1915. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 27, 2016.
  8. ^ "New York City Subway Map" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. February 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 26, 2004. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
  9. ^ Caitsith810 (November 8, 2016), MTA New York City Subway : Gravesend-86th Street Bound R160A-2 W Train @ City Hall, retrieved November 27, 2016
  10. ^ Romano, Denise (October 4, 2013). "Two elevators coming to the N line during massive rehabilitation". The Brooklyn Reporter. Archived from the original on January 10, 2019. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  11. ^
  12. ^ DeJesus, Jaime (May 17, 2017). "Manhattan-bound service to return to N stations on Sea Beach Line". The Brooklyn Reporter. Archived from the original on October 27, 2018. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  13. ^ "Manhattan-Bound Service Returns to N Stations on Sea Beach Line". www.mta.info (Press release). New York City, NY: Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 17, 2017. Archived from the original on July 30, 2017. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  14. ^ "Transit & Bus Committee Meeting - November 2018" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. November 13, 2018. p. 164. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  15. ^ "Preparing for Climate Change: Protecting the Coney Island Yard". mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. September 16, 2019. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  16. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  17. ^ Cox, Jeremiah. "86 Street (N) - The SubwayNut". subwaynut.com. Retrieved November 27, 2016.
  18. ^ "86 St Karen Margolis Cerebration, 2018". web.mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  19. ^ "www.nycsubway.org: BMT Sea Beach Line". www.nycsubway.org. Retrieved November 27, 2016.

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