Fort Hamilton Parkway (IND Culver Line)
Fort Hamilton Parkway
|New York City Subway station (rapid transit)|
|Address||Fort Hamilton Parkway & Prospect Avenue|
Brooklyn, NY 11218
|Line||IND Culver Line|
|Services||F (all times) |
G (all times)
|Transit connections||MTA Bus: B103|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Tracks||4 (2 in regular service)|
|Opened||October 7, 1933|
|Passengers (2017)||1,786,458 3.2%|
|Rank||267 out of 425|
|Next north||15th Street–Prospect Park: F G|
|Next south||Church Avenue: F G|
One of the goals of Mayor John Hylan's Independent Subway System (IND), proposed in the 1920s was a line to Coney Island, reached by a recapture of the BMT Culver Line. As originally designed, service to and from Manhattan would have been exclusively provided by Culver express trains, while all local service would have fed into the IND Crosstown Line. The line was extended from Bergen Street to Church Avenue on October 7, 1933, including the Fort Hamilton Parkway station.
The IND Culver Line's Church Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway stations were the last underground stations to get fluorescent lighting on platform level, which replaced the incandescent lighting in 1987.
|B1||Mezzanine||Fare control, station agent|
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
|Northbound local||← toward Jamaica–179th Street (15th Street–Prospect Park)|
← toward Court Square (15th Street–Prospect Park)
|Southbound local|| toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (Church Avenue) → |
toward Church Avenue (Terminus) →
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
|Northbound express||No regular service|
|Southbound express||No regular service|
There are two local tracks and two side platforms. The unused express tracks run under the station and are not visible from the platforms. The tile band is orange-yellow with a medium red-brown border; the tablets are set in the reverse of this color scheme. Several replacement tiles in bright orange-red have been observed.
South of this station, on the express tracks on the lower level, there are bellmouths for a proposed subway line along Fort Hamilton Parkway and/or the parallel Tenth Avenue. After diverging into two lines at around 65th Street, the mainline would have terminated at 86th Street in Bay Ridge, and the other line would travel west from the mainline towards a partially-built tunnel to Staten Island. An alternate plan proposed a connection to the BMT West End Line at New Utrecht Avenue. These lines were planned as part of the IND Second System.
The full-time, northern entrance is by Greenwood and Prospect Avenues, with two street staircases and a block-long passageway northward to the northeast corner of Prospect Avenue and Reeve Place for one additional street staircase. There is a closed staircase that would have led to a fare control area at platform level at the Manhattan-bound side. This area is gated shut, and about half of the space is taken by station facilities with additional tiles.
The south end exit is to Fort Hamilton Parkway and has full-time HEET access and a former booth. The only exit at this end is a ramp (no staircase) that runs along the western side of the Prospect Expressway, up and down a small hill. This exit replaced the original 1933 staircase exit, when Robert Moses built the expressway. From the mezzanine area, one can see the variation in tile colors and styles when the new entrance was added in 1962, coinciding with the opening of the expressway. This can be seen when facing the ramp.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Fort Hamilton Parkway (IND Culver Line).|
- nycsubway.org – IND Crosstown: Fort Hamilton Parkway
- Station Reporter — F Train
- The Subway Nut — Fort Hamilton Parkway Pictures
- Fort Hamilton Parkway entrance from Google Maps Street View
- Greenwood and Prospect Avenues entrance from Google Maps Street View
- Reeve Place entrance from Google Maps Street View
- Platforms from Google Maps Street View