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Cortelyou Road (BMT Brighton Line)

Cortelyou Road is a local station on the BMT Brighton Line of the New York City Subway, located at Cortelyou Road between Marlborough Road East 15th Street and East 16th Street in the neighborhood of Flatbush, Brooklyn It is served by the Q train at all times3


  • 1 History
  • 2 Station layout
    • 21 Exit
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links


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Track layout
to Beverley Rd
to Newkirk Plz

The station, and the road it is named after, are named for 17th-century tutor and surveyor Jacques Cortelyou, who had a hand in the establishment of New Utrecht4

The original station at this location was opened around 1900 as a two-track street-level side platform station running south from a grade crossing at Avenue C The station was established to serve the commercial area of Avenue C, a major thoroughfare which boasted the only east-west streetcar line between Church Avenue in Flatbush and Sheepshead Bay The current station house and below-grade platforms were completed at the end of 1907 At the same time, the station was renamed from Avenue C5 to Cortelyou Road

During the 1964–1965 fiscal year, the platforms at Cortelyou Road, along with those at six other stations on the Brighton Line, were lengthened to 615 feet to accommodate a ten-car train of 60-foot IND cars, or a nine-car train of 67-foot BMT cars6

Rehabilitation work on the platforms was performed in 1994

From July to October 28, 2013, the northbound platform was closed for rehabilitation78 From February 21 to June 13, 2014, the southbound platform was closed as part of a $32 million component repair project, which included work at the Beverley Road and Parkside Avenue stations910

Station layoutedit

G Street Level Street House, Entrance/Exit
station agent, MetroCard vending machines
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local ← toward 96th Street Beverley Road
Northbound express ← does not stop here
Southbound express → does not stop here →
Southbound local → toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue Newkirk Plaza
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Station house, with Beverley Road in the distance

This open-cut station has four tracks and two side platforms, typical for a New York City Subway local station11

The station physically resembles the nearby Beverley Road station as the layout and station house are both the same There are some differences, however This station has blue columns while Beverley Road has green, there is a signal house for New York City Transit use on the north end that replicates the station house across the street, and the location of the station house in relation to the platforms, is slightly to the north compared to the same location at Beverley Road Colors at this station are green and beige


The station's sole entrance is through a station house at Cortelyou Road between East 15th and East 16th Streets12 The station house features artwork called Garden Stops by Patsy Norvell, which has etched images of leaves on the glass windows inside fare control facing the south The artwork can be seen from both inside the mezzanine and while standing on either platform to the south; this artwork is also visible at the neighboring Beverley Road station13


  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information" Metropolitan Transportation Authority Retrieved June 13, 2017 
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2011–2016" Metropolitan Transportation Authority May 31, 2017 Retrieved June 1, 2017 
  3. ^ "Q Subway Timetable, Effective June 25, 2017" PDF Metropolitan Transportation Authority Retrieved June 25, 2017 
  4. ^ Wilson, Claire June 5, 2005 "A Commercial Strip Gaining in Charm" The New York Times Retrieved 11 August 2016 
  5. ^ District, New York State Public Service Commission First 1921-01-01 Annual Report for the Year Ended The Commission 
  6. ^ Annual Report 1964–1965 New York City Transit Authority 1965 
  7. ^ "MTA | news | Manhattan-bound Brighton Q Line Platforms at Three Stations to Re-open After 4-Month Closure" wwwmtainfo Retrieved 2016-10-09 
  8. ^ "Cortelyou Road station rehab will kill our business, merchants say" The Brooklyn Paper Retrieved 2016-10-09 
  9. ^ "MTA | Press Release | NYC Transit | Brooklyn-bound Cortelyou Rd Q Line Platform Re-opens" wwwmtainfo Retrieved 2016-10-09 
  10. ^ "Brighton Line Subway Station Rehabilitation | Brooklyn Community Board 14 | Brooklyn Community Board 14" wwwcb14brooklyncom Retrieved 2016-10-09 
  11. ^ Dougherty, Peter 2006 2002 Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 3rd ed Dougherty OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books 
  12. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Flatbush" PDF mtainfo Metropolitan Transportation Authority 2015 Retrieved 2 August 2015 
  13. ^ http://culturenoworg/entry&permalink=04717&seo=Garden-Stops_Patsy-Norvell-and-MTA-Arts-For-Transit

External linksedit

  • nycsubwayorg – BMT Brighton Line: Cortelyou Road
  • Station Reporter — Q Train
  • MTA's Arts For Transit — Cortelyou Road BMT Brighton Line
  • The Subway Nut — Cortelyou Road Pictures
  • Cortelyou Road entrance from Google Maps Street View
  • Platforms from Google Maps Street View

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