Wilson Avenue station

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Wilson Avenue is a station on the BMT Canarsie Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Wilson Avenue and Moffat Street in Brooklyn, it is served by the L train at all times.

 Wilson Avenue
 "L" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Wilson Av upper platform vc.jpg
Southbound platform
Station statistics
AddressWilson Avenue & Moffat Street
Brooklyn, NY 11207
Coordinates40°41′19″N 73°54′16″W / 40.6885°N 73.9044°W / 40.6885; -73.9044Coordinates: 40°41′19″N 73°54′16″W / 40.6885°N 73.9044°W / 40.6885; -73.9044
DivisionB (BMT)
Line      BMT Canarsie Line
Services      L all times (all times)
StructureElevated (southbound)
covered at-grade (northbound)
Platforms2 side platforms (1 on each level)
Tracks2 (1 on each level)
Other information
OpenedJuly 14, 1928; 91 years ago (1928-07-14)
Station code130[1]
AccessibleThis station is partially compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 Partially ADA-accessible (northbound only)
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
OMNY acceptedNo
Opposite-direction transfer availableYes
Passengers (2018)1,420,065[3]Decrease 3.5%
Rank305 out of 424
Station succession
Next northHalsey Street: L all times
Next southBushwick Avenue–Aberdeen Street: L all times

Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 northMyrtle–Wyckoff Avenues: L all times
Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 southstation not accessible southbound
Next accessible station southbound: Canarsie–Rockaway Parkway: L all times

Wilson Avenue Subway Station (Dual System BMT)
MPSNew York City Subway System MPS
NRHP reference #05000681[4]
Added to NRHPJuly 6, 2005


Track layout
Upper level
Lower level

Wilson Avenue opened on July 14, 1928, as part of an extension of the Canarsie Line. This extension connected Montrose Avenue, which had opened four years earlier, to Broadway Junction, which was the western end of the already-operating elevated line to Canarsie.[5]

On September 21, 1984, Irma Lozada, a New York City Transit Police officer, was murdered at an abandoned lot south of the station. Lozada was part of the Plain Clothes Anti-Crime (PCAC) unit when she was gunned down by Darryl Jeter, a chain snatcher that took her service gun as she attempted to arrest him for stealing a necklace from a rider. Lozada was the first policewoman to be killed in action in New York City.[6]

Station layoutEdit

  toward Canarsie (Bushwick Avenue–Aberdeen Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
  toward Eighth Avenue (Halsey Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the left  
Fare control, passageway to entrance/exit
Street Level Entrance/exit
  Wheelchair ramp at dead-end of Wilson Avenue east of Moffat Street for northbound trains only
Street entrance prior to wheelchair ramp implementation and staircase raised by one step.

The station, which was designed by Robert Ridgway and Squire J. Vickers,[4] has some features that are not found elsewhere in the system.[7] It is squeezed in between the Most Holy Trinity Cemetery, to the east, and the New York Connecting Railroad (NYCR) and the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) Bay Ridge Branch, to the west. The two tracks and two side platforms are on different levels, making Wilson Avenue the only station on the Canarsie Line where this occurs.[7] Since the platforms are on different levels, each has a different design. The outbound track sits on a low elevated structure; immediately south of the station, the outbound track passes over Central Avenue before descending into a tunnel toward Bushwick Avenue–Aberdeen Street. The inbound track is immediately below the outbound track, and the station gives the impression of being underground, but it is really at street level.[7][8]

The northbound platform

The Rockaway Parkway-bound (upper level) platform has a canopy along the entire length of the platform, supported by a beige concrete retaining wall with curved green supports extending from the wall at regular intervals.[7][8] A fence runs along the track side of the southbound platform, separating the subway station from the Most Holy Trinity Cemetery, which is visible directly through the fence.[7][8] The Manhattan-bound (lower level) platform has tiling and name plaques, which is typical for a Canarsie Line underground station. A concrete wall closes off the east side of the lower level.[7] The mosaic band is predominantly green at edges with a vivid multicolored design throughout, 28 colors in all. The trackside wall once had tiles that matched those of the platform, but these tiles were removed sometime after 1982, and the trackside wall is currently the same plain, dark color as a typical New York City Subway tunnel wall.[7][8]

A renovation, costing between three and five million dollars, added handicapped access to the ground-level Manhattan-bound platform under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) via the use of a ramp from the Wilson Avenue entrance. The elevated Canarsie-bound platform was not proposed to get ADA access since it would be much more costly to add an elevator up to the Canarsie-bound level.[9]


There is one entrance and exit to the station, which is in a dead-end at the foot of Wilson Avenue, just east of Moffat Street.[10] There are five steps leading up to the station entrance,[7][8] as well as a wheelchair ramp.[11] The entrance feeds directly onto the northbound platform with stairs to southbound service on the upper level.[7][8]


  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. ^ a b "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved December 12, 2011.
  5. ^ "Last Link of New 14th St-E.D. Subway To Be Opened Today: First Train This Afternoon Will Carry Officials – Citizens to Celebrate". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. July 14, 1928. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
  6. ^ Dewan, Shaila K. (September 22, 2004). "Recalling a Slain Officer, and the Equality of Peril". The New York Times (N.Y./Region). Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i "BMT Canarsie Line: Wilson Avenue". nycsubway.org. Retrieved August 14, 2016.
  8. ^ a b c d e f Cox, Jeremiah. "Wilson Avenue (L) - The SubwayNut". subwaynut.com. Retrieved August 14, 2016.
  9. ^ "Wilson L Stop Repairs to Only Make Manhattan-Bound Platform ADA Accessible". DNAinfo New York. Archived from the original on August 21, 2016. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  10. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Ocean Hill" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
  11. ^ "Accessible Stations in the MTA Network". web.mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved November 29, 2016.

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