36th Street is an express stop on the 4th Avenue Subway, and is a major transfer point between trains to the various branches and between locals and expresses. The station has two fairly narrow island platforms that are definitely not designed for the crowds that are scene today. The station was quite recently renovated, as the mosaic murals on the small mezzanine area attests to. This mezzanine area is at the extreme southern end of the platforms, and is accessed from two staircases that are right on top of one anther, and has the stations only bank of turnstiles and exits to 36 Street and 4 Avenue. There are three streetstairs, two are on west side of 4th Avenue, one at the NW corner of 36th Street and one in the middle of the block between 36th and 35th Streets. The final one is a short ways down 4th Avenue from the NE corner of 36th Street and 4th Avenue, beyond a bike parking rack and shelter along the sidewalk. This streetstair is also along the fencing of an odd little extension of the huge Green-Wood Cemetary that includes its maintance shop. There is the standard tiled wall between the express tracks towards the southern end of the station, but its just exposed towards the northern end where the platforms were extended. The platforms have various yellow I-beam columns whose configurations very depending upon which part of the platform you're at. All station walls (and the wall between the express tracks where it exists) have white tiling and a very dark mostly brown with some hints of a dark green, and 36th Street text spelled inside the trim line between its various decorative shapes. The colors within the trim line and especially the text spelling out 36th Street is extremely hard to see.
Looking down the crowded Manhattan-bound platform at 36 Street as passengers transfer from local to express trains.
Approaching the northern end of the Manhattan-bound platform at 36 Street, the opposite end of the station's only exit.
Looking across to the northern end of the Bay Ridge/CI-bound platform at 36 Street, where it gets extremely narrow.
A platform wall at 36th Street with its brown and faded trim line and mosaic spelling out 36th Street within it is barely visible.
Another section of the Manhattan-bound platform at 36th Street, there's still a long way to go to its southern end and the station's exit.
Looking by a service times sign for the D N trains on the express track at 36 Street.
Another view down the platform at 36th Street as a R160 N train blurs its way out of the station, one of the two staircases up to the small mezzanine area is visible.
36th Street spelled out and barely visible in the trim line of the station platform at 36 Street.
The two staircases up to the small mezzanine area at 36th Street at the southern end of the Manhattan-bound platform.
The renovations plaque at 36th Street: Opened 1915, Renovated 1997
The small but crowded mezzanine area.
The R and M trains stop on the local track
The D and N stop on the express track
An R train has holding lights
The crowded bike parking area outside a station entrance
One of three streetstairs, this one is surrounded by fences for Greenwood Cemetary
The back of streetstair surrounded by Greenwood Cemetary, the sign still has the black square blocking the M train, the front side has what is clearly a new sign
Entering the mezzanine, notice the silver boxes, the MVMs are being emptied of their money
One of the few entrance staircases at the southern end of the narrow platform
Last Updated: 12 October, 2012
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