Crown Heights–Utica Avenue (IRT Eastern Parkway Line)

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 Crown Heights–Utica Avenue
 "3" train"4" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway rapid transit station
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Southbound platform
Station statistics
Address Utica Avenue & Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11213
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Crown Heights
Coordinates 40°40′08″N 73°55′52″W / 40.668758°N 73.931208°W / 40.668758; -73.931208Coordinates: 40°40′08″N 73°55′52″W / 40.668758°N 73.931208°W / 40.668758; -73.931208
Division A (IRT)
Line IRT Eastern Parkway Line
Services       2 limited rush hour service in the peak direction (limited rush hour service in the peak direction)
      3 all except late nights (all except late nights)
      4 all times (all times)
      5 limited rush hour service only (limited rush hour service only)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: B14, B17, B46, B46 SBS
Structure Underground
Levels 2
Platforms 2 island platforms (1 on each level)
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 4 (2 on each level)
Other information
Opened August 23, 1920; 98 years ago (1920-08-23)
Station code 345[1]
Accessible This station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ADA-accessible
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
Passengers (2017) 8,954,499[3]Decrease 1.1%
Rank 34 out of 425
Station succession
Next north Franklin Avenue (express): 4 all except late nights5 limited rush hour service only
Kingston Avenue (local): 2 limited weekday rush hour service in the peak direction3 all except late nights4 late nights5 one weekday a.m. rush hour trip in the northbound direction only
Next south Sutter Avenue–Rutland Road: 2 limited rush hour service in the peak direction3 all except late nights4 late nights and limited rush hour service in the peak direction
(Terminal): 4 all except late nights5 limited rush hour service only

Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 north Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center: 2 limited rush hour service in the peak direction3 all except late nights4 all times5 limited rush hour service only
Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 south none: 2 limited rush hour service in the peak direction3 all except late nights4 late nights and limited rush hour service in the peak direction

Crown Heights–Utica Avenue is an express station on the IRT Eastern Parkway Line of the New York City Subway. Located under Eastern Parkway near Utica Avenue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, it is served by the 4 train at all times and the 3 train at all times except late nights. There is also limited weekday rush hour 2 train service here in the peak direction, as well a single northbound 5 train during the morning peak.

Despite its name, this station has no exit to the corner of Utica Avenue and Eastern Parkway. It is actually located between Schenectady and Utica Avenues and the two exits lead to the middle of the blocks, some number of feet from the actual cross street.

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
Upper level
to lower level
to lower level
Lower level
from upper level
from upper level
G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
B1 Mezzanine Fare control
Handicapped/disabled access (Elevator at NW corner of Utica Avenue and Eastern Parkway, in Eastern Parkway median)
B2 Southbound express "4" train termination track (all times except weekends and nights)[4]
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right Handicapped/disabled access
Southbound local "3" train ("4" train late nights) toward New Lots Avenue[5](Sutter Avenue–Rutland Road)
B3 Northbound express "4" train toward Woodlawn[6] (Franklin Avenue)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right Handicapped/disabled access
Northbound local "3" train toward Harlem–148th Street ("4" train toward Woodlawn late nights)[7](Kingston Avenue)

The station was opened on August 23rd, 1920. The station serves local and express trains in a two-level layout with two island platforms. The upper platform serves southbound trains, with local tracks to the west and express tracks to the east, and the lower platform serves northbound trains with a similar configuration.[8] This is the easternmost underground and four-track subway station on the Eastern Parkway Line; to the east (railroad south) of here, the local tracks rises and become the IRT New Lots Line, while the express tracks end at bumper blocks just under Ralph Avenue. Diamond crossover tracks exist west (railroad north) of the station for northbound trains and east for southbound trains. Another diamond crossover, east of here, connects the southbound express track to a ramp down to the lower level. Trains descending the ramp can access either the local or express track.[8]

Elevator to platforms

There is an active tower at the south end of the platform while a closed one exists on the east of the lower level.

In 1981, the MTA listed the station among the 69 most deteriorated stations in the subway system.[9]


The station's two exits are located at either end. The one on the west (railroad north) is staffed weekdays only and accessed via a wide staircase in place of the end wall of the New Lots Avenue-bound platform. This staircase leads up to a small mezzanine where there is a token booth and turnstiles. When the booth and turnstile bank are closed, three HEET turnstiles and one exit-only turnstile provide access to/from the entrance. The two street staircases lead out to the two malls on either side of the main road of Eastern Parkway on the west side of Schenectady Avenue.[10]

The station's full-time exit is at the east end (railroad south) of the platforms. Two narrow staircases and one elevator connect both platforms to a small upper level mezzanine that has two public restrooms (one for men and the other for women) and leads to a bank of turnstiles. The two street stairs here lead to either mall of Eastern Parkway west of Utica Avenue. Another elevator from the south mall leads to fare control.[10]


On the New Lots Avenue-bound platform, the track walls have a section of yellow-orange tiles beneath the trim-line and another line of yellow tiles on the bottom of the tiled portions. The I-beams and other steel work along the track walls are painted in dark blue. The Manhattan-bound platform has its metalwork painted in golden yellow and the tiles beneath the trim line in dark blue. In the station, there are ornate doors in the tile walls which serve as vent chambers.

The 2004 artwork here is called Good Morning and Good Night by Hugo Consuegra. It contains ceramic tiles of the sun and moon on the platform walls.

Provisions for expansion[edit]

Extensions of the IRT subway past the station have been proposed going back to the line's planning in the 1910s, which included terminating the line at Buffalo Avenue just east of the station, or extending the line down Utica Avenue towards Flatbush Avenue and Avenue U near Kings Plaza. The Utica Avenue extension in particular has been proposed several times as part of the New York City Transit Authority's 1968 expansion proposals, in older pre-unification plans, and in the competing pre-unification expansion plans of the Independent Subway System (IND).[11][12][13][14][15] Just east of this station, a bellmouth splits away from the local track on both levels, and curves south. This was built into the station as a provision for the proposed Utica Avenue Line, which is why the station itself has no exits to Utica Avenue.[16] In 2015, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his proposal for an extension of the 3 and 4 trains down Utica Avenue.[17]


  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  2. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2012–2017". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018. 
  4. ^ Three 4 trains on weekdays that stop on the express track continue to New Lots Avenue on weekdays. Several 5 trains terminate here on weekdays during rush hours.
  5. ^ Four AM weekday 2 trains stop here as well.
  6. ^ Several 5 trains during rush hours to Neried Avenue and Dyre Avenue stop here on weekdays.
  7. ^ One 5 train at 6 a.m. to Dyre Avenue and four p.m. rush hour 2 trains to Wakefield stop here on weekdays.
  8. ^ a b " New York City Subway Track Maps". October 9, 2015. Retrieved October 9, 2015. 
  9. ^ Gargan, Edward A. (June 11, 1981). "AGENCY LISTS ITS 69 MOST DETERIORATED SUBWAY STATIONS". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Crown Heights" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved January 1, 2017. 
  11. ^ Raskin, Joseph B. (November 1, 2013), The Routes Not Taken: A Trip Through New York City's Unbuilt Subway System, Fordham University Press, ISBN 978-0-8232-5369-2 
  12. ^ "1968 NYCTA Expansion Plans (Picture)". Second Avenue Sagas. Retrieved December 2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  13. ^ Program for Action maps from
  14. ^ "Transit Outlook Bright in Brooklyn: First Branch Lines on Assessment Plan Likely to be Built in That Borough" (PDF). The New York Times. March 6, 1910. Retrieved 16 September 2015. 
  15. ^ Prial, Frank J. (October 31, 1971). "Brooklyn Bemoans Its Ancient Subways" (PDF). The New York Times. Retrieved 16 September 2015. 
  16. ^ Taft, Lyman W. (October 13, 1954). "Finds Many Unused Subway Tunnels Under City Streets". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. p. 24. Retrieved 16 September 2015 – via 
  17. ^ Fitzsimmons, Emma G. (April 22, 2015). "Mayor de Blasio Revives Plan for a Utica Avenue Subway Line". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 September 2015. 

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