Botanic Garden/Franklin Avenue Shuttle
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The Botanic Garden Shuttle Station has probably the oldest tunnel that is still in Subway use. This is just north of the station and is a very noticeable brick-arch. The station currently has the feel of a subway station, for its two side platforms are on the only section of the shuttle that is still two tracks, where the two-two car shuttle trains pass one another. Before the reconstruction in 1998-1999 the station was partially in the tunnel where the existing station is today, but extended to the outdoors to provide the formerly longer length. The station today has the connection that comes up from the IRT platforms in the form of a passageway that ends at the southern end of the Franklin Avenue (C)-bound platform. Fare control is in a small station house, that has a single staircase up from each platform, that is basically completely underground but has its roof visible from street level, and the one staircase from the station house up to street level is extremely short. There is a high fence along the property that is above the top of the station house that is clearly visible, and this area is now a community garden. The platforms have white tiled walls and modern looking name tablets with white text on a light green color and a modern trim line of yellow diamonds on a light green background with a boarder of different shades of green, a single line of red, and an outer boarder of blue. There are just a couple of red painted columns on the platform, that seem to be holding up the station house/mezzanine.

Art For Transit at Grand Army Plaza Arts For Transit at Botanic Garden/Franklin Av
Wings for the IRT: The Irresistible Romance of Travel, 1995
Bronze and terra cotta plaques on mezzanine walls
By Jane Greengold
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(botanic_gardens1) Approaching the northern end of one of the platforms at Botanic Garden.
14 October, 2005
(botanic_gardens2) A view of the old 19th century brick arched tunnel just north of the Botanic Garden Station.
14 October, 2005
(botanic_gardens3) Approaching the northbound platform at Franklin Avenue at its extreme southern end in the passageway up from the IRT.
29 May, 2009
(botanic_gardens4) Looking down the short northbound side platform at Botanic Garden.
29 May, 2009
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(botanic_gardens5) A name tablet and a passenger wait for a Prospect Park-bound shuttle train at Botanic Garden.
29 May, 2009
(botanic_gardens6) The only staircase up to the mezzanine area and fare control from the northbound platform at Botanic Garden.
29 May, 2009
(botanic_gardens7) There is an adequate amount of space in the station house area within fare control at Botanic Garden as passengers wait in view of the token booth, for beeping to tell them to get down to the platform they need for the train they need.
29 May, 2009
(botanic_gardens8) The single entrance to the Botanic Garden Station is fairly unusual and ornate.
29 May, 2009
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(botanic_gardens9) The ADA sign for the Botanic Garden Station: S-Shuttle and 2,3,4,5.
29 May, 2009
(botanic_gardens10) A sign pointing for the Brooklyn Museum and the Botanic Garden that are 2 blocks away from the namesake station.
29 May, 2009
(botanic_gardens11) Five turnstiles provide the entry to the subway system at Botanic Garden.
29 May, 2009
(botanic_gardens12) Looking down the Northbound platform with a sign for the mezzanine and acess to shuttle trains to Prospect Park.
29 May, 2009
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(botanic_gardens13) A sign says to take Manh 2,3 one stop for Bklyn Museum & Botanic Gdn.
29 May, 2009
(botanic_gardens14) A modern Botanic Garden name tablet.
29 May, 2009
(botanic_gardens15) Approaching the end of the Prospect Park-bound platform at Botanic Garden where the 19th century tunnel is.
29 May, 2009
(botanic_gardens16) Looking back down the narrow and short island platform at Botanic Garden towards the fare control area.
29 May, 2009
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(botanic_gardens17) A name tablet and staircase up to the station house directly above
20 January, 2012
(botanic_gardens18) A modern name tablet and daylight
20 January, 2012
(botanic_gardens19) Looking down the very short platform to the very old tunnel at the other end of the station
20 January, 2012
(botanic_gardens20) Sign for the S to Prospect Park for the Q and the fact the station isn't all that near the Botanic Garden
3 November, 2012
<-Next stop Park Place <-Next stop Prospect Park

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