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Station: Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall (IRT East Side Line)

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IRT East Side Line at Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall. Photo by: Zach Summer, October 2009.

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Contents

Overview

Opened: 10/27/1904

Transfer here to: BMT Nassau Street-Jamaica Line

Express station with four tracks and two island platforms in use, two side platforms abandoned. The station has been recently renovated, with new tile (poorly approximating original IRT tile) and ADA-compliant elevator access.

Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall station is the southern terminal of the East Side IRT local service, assuming this role from the City Hall Loop station in 1945. South of the station, the downtown local track splits into three tracks. The right-most leads into the City Hall Loop (and thence returns to the uptown side of this station). The other two are layup tracks parallel to the downtown express track. Until the 1960s they merged into the downtown express track north of Fulton Street station but since then they are spurs ending a little ways north of Fulton St. Trains are occasionally stored there.

The Brooklyn Bridge station has a number of abandoned areas as construction and service patterns have required changes to be made to the station. In addition to the two existing island platforms, there are two short local platforms on the outer edges of the station. These local platforms were built to the 5-car length of original IRT local trains presumably to accommodate extra passenger volume. (Similar platforms were built at the express stations at 14th Street and 96th Street.)

These side platforms did not see much use as they were located at express stations that required transfer via the island platforms, and, as the trains were lengthened to their current 10-car length it was impractical to lengthen both these small side platforms and the island platforms. They were closed in 1910 after only six years in operation and walled off along the platform edges.

The side platform on the southbound is now home to some electrical equipment and a backup control tower for the Brooklyn Bridge interlocking. This tower is functional but not normally used, because the Grand Central tower is the primary control point for the whole line. The interlocking board can be seen through a window along the wall along the southbound local trackway. The south end of the downtown side platform is still visible near the dispatcher's booth on the downtown island platform.

There are also some closed portions at the south ends of the existing express platforms. During the station lengthening projects it was easier to lengthen the express platforms to the north. The curves at the south end proved impossible to rework so the station was lengthened northward (allowing Worth St. to be abandoned), and the curved southern ends of the express platforms closed. Gap fillers and original mosaic tiles remain in the closed ends.

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Detailed construction plan of the Brooklyn Bridge station as originally built, from the book The New York Subway: Its Construction and Equipment.

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Another diagram of the Brooklyn Bridge and City Hall loop and station elevations. Click to enlarge.

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Present-day diagram of the Brooklyn Bridge and City Hall loop and station elevations. Click to enlarge.

Artwork

Cable Crossing, Mark Gibian (1996)

Buildings, Boats, and a Bridge, Students of PS 126 and PS 20

Photo Gallery - Open Areas


Image 3172
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Photo by: Joe Testagrose
Location: Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall

Image 3369
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Photo by: Doug Grotjahn
Collection of: Joe Testagrose
Location: Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall

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Photo by: David Pirmann
Location: Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall

Image 3708
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Photo by: Doug Grotjahn
Collection of: Joe Testagrose
Location: Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall

Image 3941
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Photo by: Joe Testagrose
Location: Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall

Image 17485
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Photo by: Detroit Publishing Co.
Collection of: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division
Location: Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall

Image 44166
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Photo by: David Pirmann
Location: Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall
Artwork: Buildings, Boats, and a Bridge ( Students of PS 126 and PS 20)

Image 49506
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Photo by: Richard Panse
Location: Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall

Image 77628
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Photo by: Joe Testagrose
Location: Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall

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Photo by: Peter Ehrlich
Location: Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall

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Photo by: Chao-Hwa Chen
Location: Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall

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Photo by: Robbie Rosenfeld
Location: Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall

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Photo by: John Dooley
Location: Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall

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Photo by: John Dooley
Location: Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall

Image 138798
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Photo by: Wilfredo Castillo
Location: Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall


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Photo Gallery - Abandoned Areas


Image 75
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Photo by: Peter Dougherty
Location: Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall (Closed Express Platform)

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Photo by: Peter Dougherty
Location: Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall (Closed Express Platform)

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Photo by: Peter Dougherty
Location: Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall (Closed Express Platform)

Image 79
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Photo by: David Pirmann
Location: Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall (Closed Side Platform)

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Photo by: Adam Weiss
Location: Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall (Closed Side Platform)

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Photo by: Adam Weiss
Location: Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall (Closed Side Platform)

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Photo by: David Pirmann
Location: Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall (Closed Side Platform)

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Photo by: David Pirmann
Location: Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall (Closed Side Platform)

Image 85
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Photo by: David Pirmann
Location: Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall (Closed Side Platform)

Image 86
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Photo by: Jason R. DeCesare
Location: Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall (Closed Side Platform)

Image 44180
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Photo by: David Pirmann
Location: Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall (Closed Side Platform)

Image 44181
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Photo by: David Pirmann
Location: Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall (Closed Side Platform)

Image 80898
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Photo by: Filip Matuska
Location: Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall (Closed Express Platform)

Image 112354
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Photo by: David Blair
Location: Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall (Closed Side Platform)

Image 112356
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Photo by: David Blair
Location: Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall (Closed Side Platform)


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