Hoyt Street station

Hoyt Street is a local station on the IRT Eastern Parkway Line of the New York City Subway in Downtown Brooklyn, served by the 2 train at all times and 3 train at all times except late nights.

 Hoyt Street
 "2" train"3" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
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Northbound platform
Station statistics
AddressHoyt Street & Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
LocaleDowntown Brooklyn
Coordinates40°41′26″N 73°59′06″W / 40.690531°N 73.985109°W / 40.690531; -73.985109Coordinates: 40°41′26″N 73°59′06″W / 40.690531°N 73.985109°W / 40.690531; -73.985109
DivisionA (IRT)
LineIRT Eastern Parkway Line
Services      2 all times (all times)
      3 all except late nights (all except late nights)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: B25, B26, B38, B52
Platforms2 side platforms
Other information
OpenedMay 1, 1908; 111 years ago (1908-05-01)
Station code336[1]
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
OMNY acceptedNo
Opposite-direction transfer availableNo
Former/other namesHoyt Street – Fulton Mall
Hoyt Street – Bridge Street
Passengers (2018)1,982,208[3]Decrease 7.3%
Rank239 out of 424
Station succession
Next northBorough Hall: 2 all times3 all except late nights
Next southNevins Street: 2 all times3 all except late nights


Track layout

Originally built as Hoyt Street-Bridge Street, the station was one of three built on May 1, 1908 as part of an extension of the original IRT Subway beyond Borough Hall.[4] Service increased in 1919 after the Clark Street Tunnel connected the Brooklyn Branch of the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line into the station. On February 2, 1948, the platform extensions at this station opened, allowing 10-car express trains to board as opposed to only 6-car trains.[5] Initially, the platforms were 360 feet (110 m), but were lengthened to 515 feet (157 m). The platform extensions were part of a program to lengthen the platforms at 32 of the original IRT station for $12.27 million. The Hoyt Street project cost $750,000.[6]

In 1981, the MTA listed the station among the 69 most deteriorated stations in the subway system.[7] The station was renovated around the 1980s.

In 1995, as a result of service reductions, the MTA was considering permanently closing the Hoyt Street station, as well as two or three other stations citywide, due to its proximity to other stations.[8]

Station layoutEdit

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local   toward Wakefield–241st Street (Borough Hall)
  toward Harlem–148th Street except late nights (Borough Hall)
Northbound express     do not stop here
Southbound express     do not stop here →
Southbound local   toward Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College (Nevins Street)
  toward New Lots Avenue except late nights (Nevins Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound entrance

Hoyt Street is the northernmost four-track station on this line. It is located under the intersection of Fulton Street, Hoyt Street, and Bridge Street. It has two side platforms serving only the local tracks. Trains from the Clark Street Tunnel run on the local tracks and those from the Joralemon Street Tunnel run on the express tracks. The original construction included only the Joralemon Street Tunnel with crossover switches north of Hoyt Street. These switches have been removed and new ones were installed between Nevins Street and Atlantic Avenue, so trains from the Joralemon Street Tunnel cannot stop at this station at all.

South of Borough Hall, the IRT Lexington Avenue Line and the Brooklyn Branch of the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line join to form the four-track IRT Eastern Parkway Line. Southbound (east Brooklyn-bound) trains use track E1 while northbound (Manhattan-bound) trains use track E4. Southbound and northbound express trains use tracks E2 and E3, respectively. Track numbers and letters are used for chaining purposes and are rarely, if ever, used by passengers.[9]

The station has been extensively renovated; old signs reading "Hoyt Street – Bridge Street" remain on the I-beams separating the local and express tracks. At the north end of the southbound platform is a closed crossunder that included an entrance to Macy's; the south end of the northbound platform includes a passageway that is used by police. One of the original ceramic cartouches from the station is now on display at the New York Transit Museum.


All fare control areas are on the respective platforms. The full-time fare control is at the west end of the station, and contains one token booth and a turnstile bank for each platform. The northbound platform has two exits, one to either northern corner of Bridge and Fulton Streets. The southbound platform has a single exit to the southwest corner of Hoyt and Fulton Streets.[10]

There is a part-time fare control area at the extreme eastern ends of both platforms. There are HEET turnstiles on both platforms. The southbound platform's exit leads to the southwest corner of Fulton Street and Elm Place, and the northbound platform's exit leads to the northeast corner of Duffield and Fulton Streets.[10]

There was an additional exit-only stair to the northwest corner of Duffield and Fulton Streets, but it was closed due to security concerns.


  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  4. ^ New York Times, Brooklyn Joyful Over New Subway, May 2, 1908, page 1
  5. ^ Report for the three and one-half years ending June 30, 1949. New York City Board of Transportation. 1949.
  6. ^ "HOYT ST. STATION READY; Platform Lengthened to Take 10 IRT Cars Will Open Monday". The New York Times. January 31, 1948. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  7. ^ Gargan, Edward A. (June 11, 1981). "AGENCY LISTS ITS 69 MOST DETERIORATED SUBWAY STATIONS". The New York Times. Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  8. ^ Perez-Pena, Richard (February 25, 1995). "BOARD VOTES CUTS FOR CITY TRANSIT". The New York Times. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  9. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2018). Tracks of the New York City Subway 2018 (16th ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 1056711733.
  10. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Downtown Brooklyn and Borough Hall" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved August 2, 2015.

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