Church Avenue station (IRT Nostrand Avenue Line)

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 Church Avenue
 "2" train"5" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Church Av plat IRT.JPG
Southbound platform
Station statistics
AddressChurch Avenue & Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11226
LocaleEast Flatbush
Coordinates40°39′03″N 73°57′00″W / 40.650755°N 73.950005°W / 40.650755; -73.950005Coordinates: 40°39′03″N 73°57′00″W / 40.650755°N 73.950005°W / 40.650755; -73.950005
DivisionA (IRT)
LineIRT Nostrand Avenue Line
Services   2 all times (all times)
   5 weekdays only (weekdays only)
TransitBus transport NYCT Bus: B35, B44, B44 SBS
Platforms2 side platforms
Other information
OpenedAugust 23, 1920; 100 years ago (1920-08-23)
Station code356[1]
AccessibleThis station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ADA-accessible
20192,862,033[3]Increase 1.5%
Rank172 out of 424[3]
Station succession
Next northWinthrop Street: 2 all times5 weekdays only
Next southBeverly Road: 2 all times5 weekdays only

Church Avenue is a station on the IRT Nostrand Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Church and Nostrand Avenues in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, the station is served by the 2 train at all times and the 5 train on weekdays.


The Dual Contracts, which were signed on March 19, 1913, were contracts for the construction and/or rehabilitation and operation of rapid transit lines in the City of New York. The Dual Contracts promised the construction of several lines in Brooklyn. As part of Contract 4, the IRT agreed to build a subway line along Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn.[4][5][6] The construction of the subway along Nostrand Avenue spurred real estate development in the surrounding areas.[7] The Nostrand Avenue Line opened on August 23, 1920, and the Church Avenue station opened along with it.[8]

The station was renovated in 1997. In Spring 1999, elevators were installed to make the station fully ADA-accessible.

Station layout[edit]

G Street level Exit/entrance
Platform level
Side platform
Northbound "2" train toward 241st Street (Winthrop Street)
"5" train toward Dyre Avenue or Nereid Avenue (Winthrop Street)
Southbound "2" train"5" train toward Flatbush Avenue (Beverly Road)
Side platform
Southbound staircase at Church and Nostrand Avenues

This underground station has two tracks and two side platforms. South of the station, there are double crossovers that can allow trains to switch between either track.[9] These crossovers can allow trains to terminate here.

Each platform was re-tiled during a 1997 renovation with a reproduction of its original 1920 Dual Contracts era tiling. The name tablets contain "CHURCH AVE" in serif font on a blue background and green border. The station's trim line consists of light brown color with a mostly green border and "C" tablets (for "Church") at regular intervals.

Beneath the original trim line along the platform walls are streaks of many colors that were added during the 1997 renovation. There are green tiles for about the first two feet of the platform walls from the bottom up and single lines of yellow above them go up to form accent lines to the "C" tablets in the station's trim line.

The platforms are narrower at either ends than in the middle, where the station's exits are on the same level and the station columns are. The columns are dark blue colored I-beams and every other column has the standard black and white name tablet.

The Manhattan-bound platform has a newsstand and a plaque commemorating the station's 1997 renovation.

The 2001 artwork here is called Transitions by Louis Delsarte. It contains stained glass and glass mosaic murals depicting neighborhood and ethnic scenes.


The fare control area on the Manhattan-bound side has a full-time turnstile bank, token booth, and two perpendicular staircases to the northeast corner of Church and Nostrand Avenues and one staircase and one elevator to the southeast corner. The Flatbush Avenue-bound platform's fare control is unstaffed, containing three exit-only turnstiles and one HEET turnstile. This exit has two perpendicular staircases to the northwest corner of Church and Nostrand Avenues and one staircase and one elevator to the southwest corner. Both elevators, installed in Spring 1999, make this station fully ADA-accessible.[10]

Exit location[10] Exit type Number of exits Platform served
NW corner of Nostrand Avenue and Church Avenue Staircase 2 Southbound
SW corner of Nostrand Avenue and Church Avenue Staircase 1 Southbound
Elevator Disabled access 1 Southbound
NE corner of Nostrand Avenue and Church Avenue Staircase 1 Northbound
SE corner of Nostrand Avenue and Church Avenue Staircase 1 Northbound
Elevator Disabled access 1 Northbound

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2014–2019". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2020. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2014–2019". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2020. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  4. ^ "Terms and Conditions of Dual System Contracts". Retrieved February 16, 2015.
  5. ^ "The Dual System of Rapid Transit (1912)".
  6. ^ "Most Recent Map of the Dual Subway System WhIch Shows How Brooklyn Borough Is Favored In New Transit Lines". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. September 9, 1917. Retrieved August 23, 2016 – via Brooklyn Newspapers.
  7. ^ "Big Eastern Parkway Deal". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. July 1, 1915. Retrieved August 23, 2016 – via Brooklyn Newspapers.
  8. ^ "Brooklyn Tube Extensions Open: I.R.T. Begins Service on Eastern Parkway and Nostrand Avenue Lines" (PDF). New York Times. August 23, 1920. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  9. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  10. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Flatbush" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved August 2, 2015.

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