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Station: West 8th Street (Brighton/Culver Line)

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BMT Brighton Line station at West 8th Street, with R-160B 8817 on "Q". Photo by: Chris C. Shaffer, February 2011.

BMT Brighton Line
Manhattan Bridge · Myrtle Avenue
BMT Culver Line
Demolition of the Culver Shuttle
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Overview

Opened: 6/13/1919

At West 8th Street, the elevated structure becomes two levels, with the BMT Brighton Line on the upper level and the BMT Culver Line on the lower level.

There are exits to West 6th Street (north end), MetroCard entry only; and West 8th Street (south end), with full time station agent booth. The main exit also has a ramp across Surf Avenue to the New York Aquarium. This ramp also had a branch to the upper-level Manhattan-bound platform which is fenced off at the ramp side and plywood on the station platform windscreen. The station had escalators from the upper level to the fare control below the lower level, but they have been removed and the cutouts cemented over. Crossunders are at both ends.

Evidence of two removed center exits on both platforms was still present at the time of this writing (1999) but in 2003-2004 the station underwent a total renovation.

The upper level has full windscreen along the platforms.

The west end of the station affords a nice look at the Coney Island area: the famous Cyclone roller coaster, the Astroland amusement park, and the abandoned Parachute Jump ride, built for the 1939 World's Fair.

The aerial picture was taken from Astroland's Astrotower attraction, which affords a good view of the Stillwell Ave. area and the entire stretch of Coney Island beach.

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