Flatbush Avenue/IRT Nostrand Avenue Subway
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Flatbush Avenue-Brooklyn College is a terminal station that wasn't designed to be a terminal station, even though the Nostrand Avenue Subway Trains have been terminating there for almost 90 years. The main reason is because the station has two side platforms for the two terminating tracks and not the standard island platform that makes everything much less complicated. It is the only terminal station in the entire subway system with side platforms where the tracks stub-end before the station. Some other terminating stations also have side platforms but at these stations one is for passengers getting on the train, the other for getting off. Trains go beyond the station to relay tracks to change directions. Here that isn't the case. The station's two tracks end at bumper-blocks, and the two side platforms are only connected with each other beyond this buffer area, where the platforms curve 90 degrees and around the bumper-blocks and are connected with each other. The side platform system would work if the stations exit was in this area beyond the end of the tracks but there is only a secondary exit here, with Two High Entrance Turnstiles and a High Exit Turnstile that lead out to a single staircase along the West Side of Nostrand Avenue, just north of Avenue H. There is an old fashioned light box beyond the High Turnstiles at this entrance with two arrows that light up directing passengers to either platform. The stations main exits are in the middle of the two side platforms. The main station entrance, where the full time token booth and two separate banks of turnstiles are is along Track 1, street stairs lead down from eitherside of the East Side of the Nostrand Avenue, at its corners with Flatbush Avenue. The single elevator down from street level to the platform level is also here at the SE corner. There is a third station entrance alongside the other track, Track 2. This entrance has two sets of street stairs right next to each other at the NW corner of Flatbush Avenue and Nostrand Avenue. The fare control has turnstiles that are open by a station agent Monday-Friday during rush hours and a singe High Entrance Turnstile that is used at other times. Beyond the fare equipment at both of these entrances are signs that light up with either This Platform or Other Platform depend upon which platform the next train will depart from.
For platform wall directions, the station was renovated in the late 1990s, when it got its elevator and has a similar feel to Church Avenue. The 1920s Flatbush Avenue red background with a mostly blue boarder name tablets have been restored and are along both platforms. This is along with the stations blue solid line with a colorful border trim line that is along the top of the platform walls. Instead of the standard white tiling for the rest of the platform walls, There is an extremely decorative newer tiling scheme with mostly blue tiles along the bottom of the platform walls that create a wavy pattern that comes farther up whenever there is a F for Flatbush in the station's trimline. There are also lots of doors along the platforms for various non-pubic uses, like crew rest lounges. There are public restrooms along Track 1, just within the stations main 24 hour-booth entrance. Each platform also has a line of ligher-blue painted I-beam colored columns along its track.
Art For Transit at Flatbush Avenue Arts For Transit at Flatbush Avenue
Flatbush Floogies, 1996, Bronze reliefs in entrance and on Platform walls
By Muriel Castanis
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(flatbushn21) The Museum Train of Low-Vs running on a Fan Trip pause for a photo stop at Flatbush Avenue.
21 November, 2004
(flatbushn22) Looking down a track at Flatbush Avenue as the crowded Museum train of Low-Vs stops in the station on a Fan Trip.
21 November, 2004
(flatbushn23) Another view down a platform at Flatbush Avenue as the Museum train of Low-Vs is stopped in the station on a Fan Trip.
21 November, 2004
(flatbushn24) One of the many entrance staircases to Flatbush Avenue viewed from street level.
14 May, 2005
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(flatbushn25) Looking down Track 2 at Flatbush Avenue.
22 July, 2009
(flatbushn26) There are many doors into MTA Employee only rooms along both platforms at Flatbush Avenue.
22 July, 2009
(flatbushn27) A sticker on a door saying its home to the 5 Line Team Facility at Flatbush Avenue.
22 July, 2009
(flatbushn28) The times of service sign above a track at Flatbush Avenue, Only the status of the trains running local or express in Manhattan are given, not the train's final destinations in the Bronx.
22 July, 2009
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(flatbushn29) Looking down Track 2 beyond its bank of turnstiles that are only open during rush hours.
22 July, 2009
(flatbushn210) The Next Train light box that changes between this platform or other platform in front of the turnstiles onto Track 2 at Flatbush Avenue.
22 July, 2009
(flatbushn211) Looking up the staircase that is about to divide to the two different street stairs that are right near each other from the secondary exit from Track 2 at Flatbush Avenue.
22 July, 2009
(flatbushn212) A single High Entrance/Exit Turnstile provides the only way to leave Track 2 at this exit except during rush hour when the turnstiles are open.
22 July, 2009
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(flatbushn213) The two staircases down to the entrance to Track 2 at Flatbush Avenue, there really need to be signs on street level saying whether to cross the street for the next train or to enter on this side of it.
22 July, 2009
(flatbushn214) Looking down an entrance staircase to Flatbush Avenue, a side of it is an unusual concrete slab.
22 July, 2009
(flatbushn215) Two entrance street stairs to Flatbush Avenue, these lead down to the main station entrance and 24-hour booth.
22 July, 2009
(flatbushn216) The two banks of turnstiles that lead to track 1 from the 24-hour booth entrance to Flatbush Avenue.
22 July, 2009
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