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62nd Street/New Utrecht Avenue station

62nd Street/New Utrecht Avenue is a New York City Subway station complex shared by the open-cut BMT Sea Beach Line and the elevated BMT West End Line. It is located at New Utrecht Avenue and 62nd Street in Borough Park and Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, and is served by the D and N trains at all times, as well as by some W trains during rush hours.

 62 Street/New Utrecht Avenue
 "D" train"N" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station complex
62nd Street-New Utrecht Avenue head house.JPG
Station statistics
AddressNew Utrecht Avenue & 62nd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11219
BoroughBrooklyn
LocaleBensonhurst, Borough Park
Coordinates40°37′34″N 73°59′52″W / 40.626086°N 73.997887°W / 40.626086; -73.997887Coordinates: 40°37′34″N 73°59′52″W / 40.626086°N 73.997887°W / 40.626086; -73.997887
DivisionB (BMT)
LineBMT Sea Beach Line
BMT West End Line
Services      D all times (all times)
      N all times (all times)
      W selected rush-hour trips (selected rush-hour trips)
Transit connectionsBus transport New York City Bus: B9
Levels2
Other information
Station code615[1]
AccessibleThis station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ADA-accessible
Traffic
Passengers (2018)1,503,742 (station complex)[2]Decrease 8.9%
Rank292 out of 424

Prior to the rebuilding of the two current subway lines at this location during the 1910s, this location was known as Bath Junction. Until then, there was a track connection between the lines, primarily to enable Sea Beach trains to and from Coney Island to access West End Line trackage to reach the Brooklyn Bridge and the Park Row Terminal in Lower Manhattan. From 2016 to 2019, the complex underwent an extensive renovation.

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HistoryEdit

Bath JunctionEdit

Bath Junction was located near the present site of the station. It took the name as a railroad junction of the New York & Sea Beach Railway (Sea Beach Line) with the Brooklyn, Bath Coney Island Railroad (West End Line). The NY&SB called the station at the junction Bath Junction, while the BB&CI called it Sea Beach Junction. Soon, however, they settled on the common name. Bath Junction was located at grade near the current intersection of New Utrecht Avenue and 62nd Street.

The junction included a switching track connecting the two lines, so that NY&SB trains might reach the Brooklyn Bridge via the BB&CI tracks. Both lines merged with the BMT Culver Line at Ninth Avenue and later the BMT Fifth Avenue Line and BMT Myrtle Avenue Line.

After both lines were rebuilt as rapid transit lines of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company, the name "Bath Junction" was dropped. A connector was no longer necessary, as the West End Line was able to reach Manhattan on its own, and was not even realistic to plan, as one line dropped into a cut and the other became elevated. The multi-level station complex was created to allow passenger transfer between the two lines.

Later historyEdit

In 1985, this station had only 189 paying daily riders on a typical weekday, not counting farebeaters, making it one of the least used stations in the system.[3] As of 2018, the station had 4,673 paying riders on a typical weekday,[4] equating to 1,503,742 total riders in 2018.[2]

This entire station complex, along with eight other stations along the Sea Beach Line, underwent a rehabilitation involving the installation of 4 ADA-accessible elevators from 2015 to July 2019. The transfer between the two stations was closed until July 2019 for installation of the elevators; an out-of-system transfer was provided.[5][6][7] The project to make the station ADA-accessible was originally proposed to be completed in spring 2019.[8] As of November 2018, the elevators' construction was projected to be completed in October 2019,[9] but was completed sooner on July 19, 2019.[10]

Station layoutEdit

2F
Platform level
Northbound local   toward Norwood–205th Street (55th Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left  
Peak-direction express No regular service
(No service: Ninth Avenue (north) or Bay Parkway (south))
Island platform, doors will open on the left  
Southbound local   toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue via West End (71st Street)
1F Mezzanine to entrances/exits, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
  Elevator on SE corner of New Utrecht Avenue and 62nd Street
G Street Level Entrances/Exits
B1
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right  
Northbound local     toward Astoria–Ditmars Boulevard (Fort Hamilton Parkway)
Reversible express No regular service
Center track Trackbed
Southbound local   toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue via Sea Beach (18th Avenue)
  toward Gravesend–86th Street (18th Avenue) →-
Side platform, doors will open on the right  

BMT West End Line platformsEdit

 62 Street
  
  New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
 
New elevators at the West End Line platforms
Station statistics
DivisionB (BMT)
LineBMT West End Line
Services      D   (all times)
StructureElevated
Platforms2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks3 (2 in regular service)
Other information
OpenedJune 24, 1916; 103 years ago (1916-06-24)
Station code063[1]
Accessible  ADA-accessible
Station succession
Next northNinth Avenue (express): no regular service
55th Street (local): D  
Next south71st Street (local): D  
Bay Parkway (express): no regular service


Next   northAtlantic Avenue–Barclays Center: D  
Next   southBay Parkway: D  
Track layout
 
 
to 9 Av
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

62nd Street is an express station on the BMT West End Line that opened on June 24, 1916 as the terminal station of the first phase of the opening of the West End Line.[11][12]

The station has three tracks and two island platforms. The middle express track is only used for re-routings and non-revenue movements.

ExitsEdit

There are two fare control areas. The full-time side is at 62nd Street (south end of station) and has the transfer to the BMT Sea Beach Line. The part-time side is at 60th Street (north end).[13] The 60th Street exit is where the famous chase scene in the 1971 film, The French Connection ends. This side was renovated and is HEET access for most of the day. A booth formerly existed here, but is now mostly empty space in the station house. New windows and lighting restored this mezzanine to good condition. However, the staircases from the street still have wooden boards. The station-house for the BMT Sea Beach Line used to have a newsstand and two additional doors on the left side. From October 2010 to May 2012, this station was renovated with two new fare controls, new canopy and platform edges, and repainted side roof and beams.

On the street, the southern station entrance is set back from New Utrecht Avenue. It is to the left when facing the Tomche Shabbos food pantry warehouse; there is a small, fenced-in overgrown area separating them, with a small MTA informational sign on the chain link. The station house is also visible from 62nd Street, but there is a small MTA lot for separating street from station, designated for bus turnarounds, MTA maintenance, and MTA employee parking only. A staircase leads to the second floor of the station house, where a covered, open-air passageway provides access the south ends of the elevated platforms.[13]

BMT Sea Beach Line platformsEdit

 New Utrecht Avenue
  
  New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
 
Eastern end of platforms before renovations
Station statistics
DivisionB (BMT)
LineBMT Sea Beach Line
Services      N   (all times)
      W   (selected rush-hour trips)
StructureOpen-cut
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks4 (2 in regular service)
Other information
OpenedJune 22, 1915; 104 years ago (1915-06-22)[14]
Station code073[1]
Accessible  ADA-accessible
Station succession
Next northFort Hamilton Parkway: N  W  
Next south18th Avenue: N  W  


Next   northAtlantic Avenue–Barclays Center: N  W  
Next   southnone: W  
Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue: N  

New Utrecht Avenue Station (Dual System BRT)
MPSNew York City Subway System MPS
NRHP reference #05000678[15]
Added to NRHPJuly 6, 2005
Track layout
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Northbound platform

New Utrecht Avenue on the BMT Sea Beach Line has four tracks and two side platforms. Platform extensions are to the north end of the station and beyond the main staircase. Although most of the station is in an open cut, both ends of both platforms are underneath tunnels. This segment of the station has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2005.[16]

As part of a renovation project at nine stations along the Sea Beach Line, the Manhattan-bound platform at this station was closed from January 18, 2016 to May 22, 2017.[17][18] The Coney Island-bound platform was closed for a much longer period of time, from July 31, 2017 to July 1, 2019.[19][20]

ExitsEdit

The north end has two staircases to the full-time booth, where the transfer to the elevated BMT West End Line is available. The south end at 15th Avenue and 63rd Street is HEET access and formerly had a booth.[13] The north end has unusual bricks on the staircase walls, suggesting the staircases were redone when the platform was extended. The original entrance had only one staircase to platform level. After the platform extension, the staircase was redone in a T formation along with the installation of brick walls.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  3. ^ Levine, Richard (November 5, 1986). "COLUMN ONE: TRANSPORT". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  4. ^ "Facts and Figures: Average Weekday Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  5. ^ "Two elevators coming to the N line during massive rehabilitation". October 4, 2013. Archived from the original on March 13, 2014. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  6. ^ "Transfer passageway will be closed for elevator installation". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. November 23, 2017. Retrieved November 23, 2017.[dead link]
  7. ^ "Planned Service Changes for: Monday, November 27, 2017". travel.mtanyct.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  8. ^ "T6041317 ADA Accessibility at New Utrecht Avenue Station on the Sea Beach Line and 62 St Station on the West End Line". web.mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Archived from the original on September 3, 2017. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  9. ^ "Capital Program Oversight Committee Meeting November 2018" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. November 13, 2018. p. 92. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  10. ^ "MTA Installs Four Elevators, Other ADA Features at New Utrecht Av/62 St Station Complex". mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 19, 2019. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  11. ^ "Realty Boom Is Predicted for Borough Park Section". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. June 24, 1916. Retrieved September 16, 2015.
  12. ^ "Parade, Pageant Mark Celebration: Borough Park Civic Bodies and School Children Join in Festivities: West End Line Opened: First Train From Manhattan Over New "L" Extension of Dual System to Sixty-Second Street". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. June 24, 1916. Retrieved September 16, 2015.
  13. ^ a b c "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Bensonhurst" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  14. ^ "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.
  15. ^ "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved December 9, 2011.
  16. ^ Kings County Listing at the National Register of Historic Places (Structure #05000678)
  17. ^ "N Line Sea Beach - 2016". web.mta.info. Retrieved January 18, 2016.
  18. ^ "New York City Subway Map" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 1, 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 2, 2017. Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  19. ^ DeJesus, Jaime (May 17, 2017). "Manhattan-bound service to return to N stations on Sea Beach Line". brooklynreporter.com. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  20. ^ "Manhattan-Bound Service Returns to N Stations on Sea Beach Line". www.mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 17, 2017. Archived from the original on July 30, 2017. Retrieved May 26, 2017.

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