Hewes Street (BMT Jamaica Line)

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 Hewes Street
 "J" train"M" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Hewes Street - Jamaica & Metropolitan Bound Platform 2.jpg
Northbound platform
Station statistics
AddressHewes Street & Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Coordinates40°42′24″N 73°57′11″W / 40.706669°N 73.953009°W / 40.706669; -73.953009Coordinates: 40°42′24″N 73°57′11″W / 40.706669°N 73.953009°W / 40.706669; -73.953009
DivisionB (BMT)
LineBMT Jamaica Line
Services      J all times except weekdays 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., peak direction (all times except weekdays 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., peak direction)
      M all times except late nights (all times except late nights)
System transfersWith MetroCard during nights and weekends only:
      G all times (all times) at Broadway
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: B46, Williamsburg Link (B92)
Platforms2 side platforms
Other information
OpenedJune 25, 1888; 130 years ago (1888-06-25)[1]
Station code100[2]
Passengers (2017)894,671[3]Decrease 2%
Rank372 out of 425
Station succession
Next eastLorimer Street: J all times except weekdays 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., peak directionM all times except late nights
Next westMarcy Avenue: J all times except weekdays 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., peak directionM all times except late nights

Hewes Street is a local station on the BMT Jamaica Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Hewes Street and Broadway in Brooklyn, it is served by the J train at all times except weekdays in the peak direction and the M train at all times except late nights. The Z train skips this station when it operates.


The Union Elevated Railroad, leased to the Brooklyn Elevated Railroad, opened an elevated line above Broadway from Gates Avenue northwest to Driggs Avenue in Williamsburg on June 25, 1888, with a station at Hewes Street.[1]

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Westbound local[4] "J" train toward Broad Street except weekday mornings (Marcy Avenue)
"M" train toward Forest Hills–71st Avenue weekdays, 96th Street weekends (Marcy Avenue)
Peak-direction express "J" train "Z" train do not stop here (weekdays in the peak direction) →
Eastbound local[4] "J" train toward Jamaica Center–Parsons/Archer except weekday afternoons (Lorimer Street)
"M" train toward Middle Village–Metropolitan Avenue except late nights (Lorimer Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard machines
G Street Level Entrances/exits
Manhattan-bound R32 J train bypassing this station

This elevated station, built four stories above street level, has two side platforms and three tracks. The center track is used by the J and Z trains in the peak direction weekday midday and rush hours.[5] Each platform has beige windscreens, green canopies, and red roofs that run from end to end.

The artwork here is called El in 16 Notes by Mara Held. It features sixteen panels of art glass, each containing random geometric shapes and is based on shapes found in dress patterns.


The station has exits on both the west (railroad north) end and the east (railroad south) end of its platforms.

On the west end, each platform has a single staircase leading to an elevated station house beneath the tracks. It has a turnstile bank and token booth. Outside of fare control, two staircases lead to the western corners of Broadway and Hooper Street.[6] Each staircase landing has an exit-only turnstile to allow passengers to exit without having to go through the station house.

On the east end, each platform has a single staircase leading to a turnstile bank. Outside of fare control, a single staircase from each side leads to the eastern corners of Broadway and Hewes Street. The station house has been removed.[7][6] These exits were closed in the 1980s due to high crime and served as emergency exits until 2018.[7][8][9] They were reopened on November 16, 2018 to accommodate L train riders who would be displaced during the 14th Street Tunnel shutdown in 2019–2020.[10] As part of the tunnel shutdown plans, these exits would also contain a temporary MetroCard transfer to the nearby Broadway station on the G train, during weekends and late nights.[11]



  1. ^ a b "The Broadway Line Opened". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, NY. June 25, 1888. p. 6.
  2. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2012–2017". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  4. ^ a b This is a wrong-way concurrency in railroad direction.
  5. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Williamsburg & Bedford-Stuyvesant" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  7. ^ a b Muessig, Ben; Foretek, Jared; Geis, Shannon (August 24, 2009). "MTA still has no 'Hewes' for station entrances". Brooklyn Paper. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  8. ^ Harshbarger, Rebecca; De La Hoz, Felipe (October 12, 2015). "Williamsburg, Bushwick subway entrances sealed despite ridership spike". AM New York. Retrieved July 4, 2016.
  9. ^ "Closed subway entrances". WNYC (AM). October 31, 2015. Retrieved July 4, 2016.
  10. ^ "New York City Transit and Bus Committee Meeting 11/13/2018" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. November 2018. p. 94. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  11. ^ New York City Transit Authority (July 2018). "MTA New York City Transit Canarsie Tunnel Project Supplemental Environmental Assessment and Section 4(f) Review: Final Report" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. p. 16. Retrieved July 27, 2018.

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