Avenue U station (BMT Brighton Line)

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Avenue U is a local station on the BMT Brighton Line of the New York City Subway, located at Avenue U between East 15th and East 16th Streets in Homecrest and Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. It is served by the Q train at all times.[3]

 Avenue U
 "Q" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Avenue U - Brighton Line Platform.jpg
Coney Island bound platform
Station statistics
AddressAvenue U & East 16th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11229
LocaleHomecrest, Sheepshead Bay
Coordinates40°35′56″N 73°57′21″W / 40.598875°N 73.955841°W / 40.598875; -73.955841Coordinates: 40°35′56″N 73°57′21″W / 40.598875°N 73.955841°W / 40.598875; -73.955841
DivisionB (BMT)
LineBMT Brighton Line
Services      Q all times (all times)
Transit connectionsBus transport New York City Bus: B3
Platforms2 side platforms
Other information
Station code052[1]
OMNY acceptedNo
Opposite-direction transfer availableYes
Passengers (2018)2,329,614[2]Decrease 1.3%
Rank200 out of 424
Station succession
Next northKings Highway: Q all times
Next southNeck Road: Q all times


The station was opened around 1908. It underwent reconstruction from December 2008 to January 2010. Both platforms were rebuilt with new windscreens, canopies, and tactile strip edges. A temporary platform over the express tracks was used to provide service on the side that was under rebuilding.[4]

Station layoutEdit

Track layout
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local   toward 96th Street (Kings Highway)
Northbound express   does not stop here
Southbound express   does not stop here →
Southbound local   toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (Neck Road)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
G Street level Entrances/exits
Station building To entrances/exits, station agent, MetroCard vending machines

The station is located on a raised earthen embankment. There are four tracks and two side platforms. The two center tracks are used by the B express train on weekdays.[5]

Both platforms have beige windscreens with green outlines and frames along their entire lengths and red canopies with green frames in the center. The station signs are in the standard black plates in white lettering and lamp posts are on all support columns of the windscreens in the non-canopied areas. The Coney Island-bound platform has a storage area above the mezzanine staircase.

The 2011 artwork here is called Brooklyn Wildfires by Jason Middlebrook and Miotto Mosaic Art Studio. It is installed on the walls of the Coney Island-bound platform's staircase and consists ceramic tiling and glass mosaic depicting various species of wildflowers.


The station has one ground-level station house directly underneath the tracks and platforms on the north side of Avenue U. It has a token booth, turnstile bank, and double-wide staircase going up to the Coney Island-bound platform and two standard width staircases to the Manhattan-bound one. The Coney Island-bound staircase landing splits below a landing, one side leading to the station house and the other bypassing it with two exit-only turnstiles leading directly to the sidewalk. The Coney Island-bound platform also has a metal door leading to a closed staircase that goes down to the north side of Avenue U.[6]


  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  3. ^ "Q Subway Timetable, Effective November 17, 2019" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved January 16, 2020.
  4. ^ "Press Release - NYC Transit - Temporary Loss of Brighton Line Express". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 29, 2009. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  5. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Midwood" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved August 2, 2015.

External linksEdit

Artwork by Jason Middlebrook