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Station: Sutter Avenue (Canarsie Line)

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BMT Canarsie Line

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Opened: 12/28/1906

The Sutter Avenue station is a microcosm of early-20th century BRT construction. Ornate period ironwork adorns the quaint wooden crosswalk beneath the south end of the station. The hook-armed lamps at the station's north end are still there, but need repair. Be careful when accessing this end of the platform - there is an area of almost no clearance between an iron fence and the platform's edge - face the fence and hold on with both hands, then shimmy along - slowly and carefully.

The elevated structure just north of Sutter Avenue station has recently undergone a transformation. Formerly, the Canarsie line split into two separate elevated structures - one over Van Sinderen Avenue and another a block east over Snediker Avenue. The curve into Snediker Avenue was one of the sharpest curves in the entire subway system - an "S" curve with 75-degree angles. As the curve swung around to the east, it passed under the last remnant of the old Fulton Street elevated. The Fulton el tracks curved east as if they were heading down the old route to Pitkin Avenue and on to City Line, then abruptly ended. The two Canarsie elevated structures ran north into separate platforms at Atlantic Avenue station.

Because of all of the extra elevated structure at Atlantic Avenue (two tracks for the Canarsie line and three for the Fulton El), it was decided to take advantage of this and remove half of the line, the part over Snediker Avenue. Completed in 2005, this work removed much of the old Fulton El structure and a substantial portion of the Atlantic Avenue station. The "S" curve has disappeared; northbound trains are now routed on what was formerly the southbound of the Fulton El tracks.


The Habitat for the Yellow Bird, Takayo Noda (2007)

Photo Gallery

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Collection of: Joe Testagrose
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Collection of: Joe Testagrose
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Photo by: Richard Chase
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Artwork: The Habitat for the Yellow Bird (Takayo Noda)

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