Montrose Avenue station

Montrose Avenue is a station on the BMT Canarsie Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Montrose and Bushwick Avenues in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, it is served by the L train at all times.

 Montrose Avenue
 "L" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
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Station statistics
AddressMontrose Avenue & Bushwick Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11206
LocaleEast Williamsburg
Coordinates40°42′27″N 73°56′24″W / 40.707612°N 73.939877°W / 40.707612; -73.939877Coordinates: 40°42′27″N 73°56′24″W / 40.707612°N 73.939877°W / 40.707612; -73.939877
DivisionB (BMT)
Line      BMT Canarsie Line
Services      L all times (all times)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: B60
Platforms2 side platforms
Other information
OpenedJune 30, 1924; 95 years ago (1924-06-30)
Station code124[1]
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
OMNY acceptedNo
Opposite-direction transfer availableYes
Passengers (2018)2,239,760[3]Decrease 2.9%
Rank209 out of 424
Station succession
Next northGrand Street: L all times
Next southMorgan Avenue: L all times


This station opened on June 30, 1924 as the eastern terminus of the initial segment of the underground Canarsie Line, a product of the Dual Contracts, stretching west to Sixth Avenue station in Manhattan.[4][5] Originally, the Canarsie Line was planned to be elevated between Montrose Avenue and Broadway Junction, not underground.

Station layoutEdit

Track layout
G Street level Exit/entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard machines
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Westbound   toward Eighth Avenue (Grand Street)
Eastbound   toward Canarsie (Morgan Avenue)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

This underground station has two tracks and two side platforms. The mosaic band and name tablets on both platforms are of exquisite cut porcelain with vivid pastel shades of sky blue, cerulean blue, rose, yellow, maize and white, on a background of black, raspberry and greyed lavender. Hexagon "M" tablets run along the trim line at regular intervals. Blue stripes adorn the top and bottom of the tile band. Blue I-beam columns run along both platforms at regular intervals with alternating ones having the standard black name plate in white lettering.

The Manhattan-bound platform has an abandoned ramp leading to the street. This is where BMT Standard cars were fed directly into the subway back in the 1920s. Remnants can be seen from the front of the passing trains. Underneath the Canarsie-bound platform is a small stairway to the tracks, giving evidence of a platform extension.[6]


This station has one mezzanine above the center of the platforms and tracks. Two staircases from each side go up to a waiting area/crossover, where a turnstile bank provides access to/from the station. Outside fare control, there is a token booth and two staircases going up to either western corners of Montrose and Bushwick Avenues.[7]


  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. ^ "Subway Tunnel Through". The New York Times. August 8, 1919. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  5. ^ "Celebrate Opening of Subway Link". The New York Times. July 1, 1924. Retrieved February 13, 2010.
  6. ^ " BMT Canarsie Line Car Delivery". Retrieved June 5, 2016.
  7. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Bushwick" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2016.

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