36th Street (BMT Fourth Avenue Line)

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 36 Street
 "D" train​ ​"N" train​ ​"R" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway rapid transit station
36th Street - Northbound Platform.jpg
Uptown platform
Station statistics
Address 36th Street & Fourth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11232
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Sunset Park
Coordinates 40°39′16″N 74°00′16″W / 40.65445°N 74.00455°W / 40.65445; -74.00455Coordinates: 40°39′16″N 74°00′16″W / 40.65445°N 74.00455°W / 40.65445; -74.00455
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Fourth Avenue Line
Services       D all times (all times)
      N all times (all times)
      R all times (all times)
      W limited rush hour service only (limited rush hour service only)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: B70; B37 (on Third Avenue); B63 (on Fifth Avenue) B35 (on 39th St)
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened June 22, 1915 (103 years ago) (1915-06-22)
Station code 032[1]
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
Passengers (2017) 4,543,305[3]Increase 7.3%
Rank 109 out of 425
Station succession
Next north Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center (express): D all except late nightsN all except late nights
25th Street (local): D late nightsN late nightsR all timesW limited rush hour service only
Next south Ninth Avenue (West End): D all times
45th Street (local): N all timesR all timesW limited rush hour service only
59th Street (express): no regular service

36th Street is an express station on the BMT Fourth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway, located at 36th Street and Fourth Avenue in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. It is served by the D, N and R trains at all times, as well as several W trains during rush hours.[4]


This station opened on June 22, 1915 as part of the initial portion of the BMT Fourth Avenue Line to 59th Street.[5]

Under the Dual Contracts, part of the original southern half of the station was closed to make room for an above-ground connection to the BMT West End Line. The original south mezzanine was closed off, although it is still intact; it was converted to a signal relay room and can be reached by a stairway in the tunnel.[6]

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
to 9 Av
Unused 40 St
G Street Level Exit/Entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
Platform level
Northbound local "D" train toward Norwood–205th Street (late nights) (25th Street)
"N" train toward Ditmars Boulevard (all except late nights) (Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center)
"N" train late nights, "W" train rush hours toward Ditmars Boulevard (25th Street)
"R" train toward Forest Hills–71st Avenue (Whitehall Street late nights) (25th Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Northbound express "D" train toward Norwood–205th Street (Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center)
Southbound express "D" train toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue via West End (Ninth Avenue)
(No service: 59th Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Southbound local "N" train ("D" train late nights) toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (Ninth Avenue (D) or 45th Street (N))
"R" train toward Bay Ridge–95th Street (45th Street)
"W" train toward 86th Street–Gravesend rush hours (45th Street)
Station entrance

36th Street is an express station with four tracks and two island platforms.[7] R and W trains provide local service, while D and N trains run express (except during nights when they run local). South of here, N, R, and W trains continue on Fourth Avenue, while D trains diverge east onto the BMT West End Line.

This is one of two "36th Street" stations served by the R train. The other is 36th Street–Northern Boulevard on the IND Queens Boulevard Line.

The station was overhauled from 1996 to 1998. The changes included rebuilt staircases, retiled walls, new tiling on the floors, upgrading the station's lights, installing ADA yellow safety treads along the platform edge, new track-beds for local and express trains and also installing some artwork around the entrance.

There was another mezzanine somewhere south of the present station, but it was closed, "stranded," and converted into a relay room when the present ramps from the West End Line were built and the station was extended northward.


The station's only two exits are from the mezzanine above the tracks at the very south end of the station. Outside fare control, two street stairs lead to the northwest corner of 4th Avenue and 36th Street. Another street stair leads to the northeast corner.[8]

Proposed subway under 40th Street[edit]

There are three abandoned trackways south of 36th Street station. One trackway merges with the southbound local track, and the other two trackways are south of the tracks that ramp up to the BMT West End Line. The triple trackway ramps down to a lower level, under the mainline tracks, and curves slightly east before ending. On the main track level, a bellmouth going east is visible from a Manhattan-bound local train,[9] just south of this station. When the subway was planned as part of the Triborough System, use of the South Brooklyn cut was not anticipated, and instead a four-track subway was to be built in 40th Street to reach the equivalent of the Culver and West End lines. The unused junction is to the east side of Fourth Avenue.


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