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Station: Avenue H (Brighton Line)

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BMT Brighton Line station at Avenue H, with R-68A 5186 on "Q". Photo by: Gary Chatterton, January 2009.

BMT Brighton Line
Manhattan Bridge · Myrtle Avenue
Q.GIF Ditmars Boulevard · Astoria Boulevard-Hoyt Avenue · 30th Avenue-Grand Avenue · Broadway · 36th Avenue-Washington Avenue · 39th Avenue-Beebe Avenue · Queensborough Plaza · Lexington Avenue-59th Street · 5th Avenue · 57th Street · 42nd Street-Times Square · 34th Street-Herald Square · 14th Street-Union Square · Canal Street · DeKalb Avenue · Atlantic Avenue · 7th Avenue · Prospect Park · Parkside Avenue · Church Avenue · Beverley Road · Cortelyou Road · Newkirk Plaza · Avenue H · Avenue J · Avenue M · Kings Highway · Avenue U · Neck Road · Sheepshead Bay · Brighton Beach · Ocean Parkway · West 8th Street · Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue


Opened: 8/23/1907

Avenue H station lies at the transition point from open cut to embankment construction, and is a local station with two side platforms alongside four tracks. Avenue H isn't a "cross street" under the railroad; in fact the tracks are about 2m above the street level where it dead ends, as they ramp up between Newkirk Avenue and Avenue J.

The station house, at street level on the east side of the railroad, dates back to the early Brighton railroad era, and resembles a residential house complete with porch! A passageway under the railroad connects to the southbound side platform.

The platforms have full windscreening along their entire length. There was a former high turnstile exit on the downtown platform, walled off long ago for security purposes. In a final safety effort, a set of four lamps was installed. Now with the stairs out of use the lamps still shine.

The station overlies the LIRR Bay Ridge line, which runs between Avenues H and I, near the turnoff from the LIRR Manhattan Beach line. The area around Avenue H is full of vestiges of the junction, including ramps in the LIRR trench, curved property lines along the turnoff, and the footbridge carrying E 18th St over the LIRR. Despite the proximity of the three railroad lines, there was never any effort to coordinate transfer between them. During railroad days the Avenue H station was named Fiske Terrace; A "Fiske Terrace Market" still exists at 1614 Avenue H just outside the station house.


Brooklyn Bucolic, Ed Kopel, 2012.

Photo Gallery

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