Cypress Hills (BMT Jamaica Line)

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 Cypress Hills
 "J" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Cypress hills station.jpeg
The station, middle trackbed and a R42 train stopped.
Station statistics
AddressHemlock Street & Jamaica Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11208
LocaleCypress Hills
Coordinates40°41′23″N 73°52′23″W / 40.68972°N 73.87306°W / 40.68972; -73.87306Coordinates: 40°41′23″N 73°52′23″W / 40.68972°N 73.87306°W / 40.68972; -73.87306
DivisionB (BMT)
LineBMT Jamaica Line
BMT Lexington Avenue Line (formerly)
Services      J all times (all times)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: B13, Q56
Platforms2 side platforms
Other information
OpenedMay 30, 1893; 125 years ago (1893-05-30)[1][2]
RebuiltMay 28, 1917; 101 years ago (1917-05-28)[2]
Station code086[3]
Former/other namesCypress Hills Cemetery
City Line
Passengers (2017)435,855[4]Decrease 5.7%
Rank410 out of 425
Station succession
Next north75th Street – Elderts Lane: J all except rush hours, peak direction
(J rush hours, peak direction skips to 85th Street – Forest Parkway)
Next southCrescent Street: J all times

Cypress Hills is a skip-stop station on the BMT Jamaica Line of the New York City Subway, located on Jamaica Avenue in the Cypress Hills neighborhood of northeastern Brooklyn. It is served by the J train at all times. The Z train skips this station when it operates.

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound local "J" train toward Broad Street (Crescent Street)
"Z" train does not stop here
Peak-direction express No track or roadbed
Northbound local "J" train toward Jamaica Center–Parsons/Archer (85th Street–Forest Parkway PM rush hours, 75th Street-Elderts Lane other times)
"Z" train does not stop here →
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard machines
G Street Level Entrances/exits
Northbound platform

This is the northernmost station in Brooklyn on the BMT Jamaica Line. The next stop, 75th Street – Elderts Lane, is in Queens.

The original Cypress Hills station, opened on May 30, 1893,[1] had two tracks and one island platform and was located along Crescent Street, reaching the cemetery. This station was the terminal for both the Jamaica Line and the BMT Lexington Avenue Line when it opened.[5] It formerly had an island platform and stub-end located directly along Crescent Street just south of Jamaica Avenue that can still be seen approaching the cemetery east of the station.[1] The rebuilt station was constructed under the Dual Contracts and was opened on May 28, 1917.[2] The rebuilt station has two tracks and two side platforms. The removal of the island platform resulted in a space between the tracks. This space would allow for an express third track, but one was never built. Both platforms have beige windscreens and green canopies with brown roofs that run along the entire length. Lexington Avenue Line service terminated in October 1950, but Jamaica Line trains continued to serve the station.

Just west of this station are two sharp curves that trains must navigate at less than 15 mph. For this reason, a train must take more time to transverse this section than other sections of the line.

The 1990 artwork here is called Five Points of Observation, by Kathleen McCarthy. It affords a view of the street from the platforms and resembles a face when seen from the street. This artwork is also located in four other stations on the Jamaica Line.


The station's main entrance is at the south end. A single staircase from each platform leads to an elevated station house beneath the tracks. Inside are three turnstiles and a token booth. Outside of fare control, two street stairs lead to the corners of Hemlock and Crescent Streets.[6]

On the north end of the northbound platform, a single staircase leads to a landing outside of a now closed station house, where a single exit-only turnstile provides exit from the system. A street stair perpendicular to the line leads to Autumn Avenue, which ends at Jamaica Avenue.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Trains Running This Morning". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, NY. May 30, 1893. p. 10.
  2. ^ a b c
  3. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  4. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2012–2017". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
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  6. ^ a b

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