| B (BMT)|
N (all times)
22 June 1915
| BMT Sea Beach Line|
2 side platforms
| New York City Bus: B1, B4|
4 (2 in regular service)
Brooklyn, NY 11223, United States
Avenue U, Kings Highway, 20th Avenue, Eighth Avenue, Fort Hamilton Parkway
86th Street is a local station on the BMT Sea Beach Line of the New York City Subway, located at the intersection of 86th Street and West Seventh Street in Gravesend, Brooklyn. This station is served by N trains at all times. The northbound platform is being renovated as of 2016, so northbound trains currently do not stop here.
86th Street (BMT Sea Beach Line) Wikipedia
The station has four tracks and two side platforms. The two center express tracks are not normally used, but both are available for rerouted trains. To the south of the station, the four tracks merge into two tracks and there is a connection to the Coney Island Complex. As of 2013, the Manhattan and Coney Island express tracks have been replaced with new track beds and new third rail protection boards.
There is a building on the Coney Island-bound platform for non-public uses. Like many other stations on the Sea Beach Line, the platforms are dilapidated and have paint-chipped columns. At the southern end of the station there is a pedestrian bridge for employees only that provides access to Coney Island Yard. South of the station the line exits the open cut and runs at-grade. Portions of the platform are located beneath 86th Street.
Like other stations on the line, there used to be two entrances to the station. Only the northern entrance is open. The entrance to the station is through a station house at 86th Street between West 8th Street and West Seventh Street, and it has a crossover between platforms. The closed southern entrance is now employee-access only and has a crossover between platforms.
The station opened on June 22, 1915, as part of an expanded Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company operation to Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue. Between 2001 and 2005, the station was known as Gravesend–86th Street when N trains originated/terminated here while the Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue terminal was reconstructed. Some destination signage continues to use this name.
This station, along with eight others along the Sea Beach Line, is scheduled for a rehabilitation starting in 2015. The Manhattan-bound platform at this station was closed on January 18, 2016, with an expected reopening in spring 2017.