| B (BMT)|
22 June 1915
| BMT Fourth Avenue Line|
| N (all times)
R (all times)|
New York City Bus: B9, B63 (on Fifth Avenue)
2 island platforms
Brooklyn, NY 11220, United States
53rd Street, 36th Street, 77th Street, Prospect Avenue, 25th Street
59th Street is an express station on the BMT Fourth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at 59th Street and Fourth Avenue in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Sunset Park, it is served by the N and R trains at all times.
59th Street (BMT Fourth Avenue Line) Wikipedia
This station opened on June 22, 1915. This is the southernmost four-track express station with two island platforms. The outer local tracks continue along Fourth Avenue to Bay Ridge–95th Street while the center express tracks turn east to become the BMT Sea Beach Line. South of the station are two diamond crossovers, allowing trains to cross from the outer track to the center track or vice versa.
This station was overhauled in the late 1970s.
The street-level entrances are at the southern end of the station, with one entrance along either side of Fourth Avenue between 60th and 61st Streets. There are also four exits to Fourth Avenue and 59th Street, with two each to either northern corner, at the north end of the station.
The Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, a major architectural landmark of Brooklyn, is nearby.
Immediately south of the station, one can see tunnel stub headings running straight from the local tracks. They run for about 150 feet and would have been for a line to Staten Island via the Staten Island Tunnel under The Narrows, which was aborted by Mayor Hylan before it was completed. There is a Maintenance of Way shed that was built on the southbound trackway. The northbound trackway is unobstructed, albeit much darker. The northbound trackway ends on a brick wall, with evidence of some sort of space beyond. South of this station, the bridge over the LIRR Bay Ridge Branch has four trackways, with the outer tracks occupying the two western ones. The tracks of the BMT Fourth Avenue Line are under the western half of Fourth Avenue at this point so that two additional tracks could be laid in the future if traffic ever warranted it.
Portions of what was to be two additional tracks for the Fourth Avenue subway south of this station were constructed by the then Brooklyn Edison Company initially for use as circuit breaker chambers.