Parkside Avenue/BMT Brighton Line
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Parkside Avenue is an open-cut (trenched) BMT Brighton Line Station. The station is a local stop with two-side platforms for the four tracked line. The station has its one main exit towards the middle of the platforms, here two staircases from each platform go up to a small station house that is located at street level above the tracks. The station house is of a quite decent sized and is tiled, it looks like it's original is in extremely good shape. There are still the light fixtures that have original incandescent light bulbs burning in them although florescent lights have been added to compliment these, and provide more light in the station house. The station house's doors lead out to the north side of Parkside Avenue, just east of its intersection with Ocean Avenue, and an entrance to Prospect Park Drive because this intersection is at the Southeastern end of Prospect Park. South of the station house, the station feels underground, because cross-streets and houses have been built over the trench. There is a secondary exit here that is only from the Coney Island-bound platform at its extreme southern end. A High Exit Turnstile leads to a short concrete tunnel and then up to a street stair that looks like a standard underground subway entrance. This street stair is located at the SW corner of Woodruff Avenue and Ocean Avenue. This station gets the award of being the only stop that is not considered to be underground that has a street stair as an exit.

The station platforms feel like their underground for the southern half of the station and are covered for most of their northern halves by a concrete canopy. The extreme northern ends are completely exposed to the elements and have concrete walls, the rest of the lengths of the platforms have concrete columns that are painted red and a good portion of the walls are tiled with small name tablets that are written in a modern-font and say Parkside Av. The tiling forms diamonds on eitherside of these name tablets. The tops of the platform walls are painted red, forming a bit of a trim-line to complement the white tiles and bare portions of the walls.

Art For Transit at Prospect Park style= Arts For Transit at Parkside Avenue
Brighton Clay Re-Leaf Nos. 1-4, Ceramic Mosaics in the station's Headhouse
By Susan Tunick
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(parksideq1) R42 #4631 running as a J Shuttle turns at Parkside Avenue on the express tracks, it is running because of no 4 service to Brooklyn. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 14 March, 2004 (parksideq2) A name tablet at Parkside Avenue. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 14 March, 2004 (parksideq3) A R42 J train at Parkside Avenue viewed from the overpass. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 14 March, 2004 (parksideq4) Looking down the 4 track Brighton Line trench at Parkside Avenue. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 14 March, 2004
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(parksideq5) The vary narrow end of the Manhattan-bound platform at Parkside Avenue. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 14 March, 2004 (parksideq6) Parkside Avenue has a gentle curve, looking back towards the tunnel portion of the station where the station house is. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 14 March, 2004 (parksideq7) A Manhattan-bound R68A Q train leaves Parkside Avenue (#5018 is at its rear). Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 16 May, 2004 (parksideq8) A R42 M train, witch is Out of Service to turn around approaches Parkside Avenue, it is running this weekend due to construction on the 4 train, with no 4 service to Brooklyn. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 16 May, 2004
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(parksideq9) R46 #4647, terminates turning around in the center express tracks at Parkside Avenue running on the M. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 16 May, 2004 (parksideq10) A Manhattan-bound R68A Q train enters Parkside Avenue with a hint of Orange on its front rollsign, the R42s of an M train turning in the background. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 16 May, 2004 (parksideq11) A R42 J Shuttle train leaves Prospect Park on the express track to terminate in on the express tracks at Parkside Avenue. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 2 April, 2006 (parksideq12) R42 #4844 runs down the express track near Prospect Avenue to turn around. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 2 April, 2006
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(parksideq13) A Manhattan-bound R68(A) Q train passes a R42 J shuttle train terminating in the express tracks at Prospect Avenue. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 2 April, 2006 (parksideq14) R42 #4844 sits on the express track at Prospect Avenue as it becomes the rear of a J Shuttle train (replacing the #4) to Essex Street. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 2 April, 2006 (parksideq15) A Manhattan-bound R68(A) Q train leaves Prospect Avenue Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 2 April, 2006 (parksideq16) Coney Island-bound Q train R68 #2824 enters Prospect Avenue passing a J Shuttle train (R42 #4844) laying-up on the express track. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 2 April, 2006
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