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Station: Botanic Garden (Franklin Shuttle)

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BMT Brighton Line
Manhattan Bridge · Myrtle Avenue
S.GIF Franklin Avenue · Dean Street · Park Place · Botanic Garden · Prospect Park


Opened: 1924

Transfer here to: IRT Brooklyn Line

The first station after departing Prospect Park is Botanic Garden, which opened in 1924 replacing an earlier station nearby called Consumer's Park, which had opened June 19, 1899 along with the rest of the Franklin line. (Vestiges of Consumer's Park can be seen on the right hand side of the line about 1/3 of the way from Prospect Park to Botanic Garden). This piece of the line runs thru the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

The renovated platforms feature white tile with a lower tile band border of dark green, cream and red. The top tile band also features these colors plus a wide area of light green with bright cream diamonds followed by a tile band of red, cream and dark green. The new name tablet has a wide border of dark green, with bands of cream and red. The background of the center is light green (some pale yellow accent) with the name in white letters. The north end of the station is in a tunnel; the south end has a curtain wall between the tracks.

The Botanic Garden station benefitted greatly from the 1998-1999 renovation of the Franklin line. In 1998, we observed the decayed wooden platforms at the south end of the station along with the decayed, abandoned, stairs to the street, both of which were wisely closed off due to large holes in the platforms. The south end of the station has evidence indicating the remains of the old platforms, especially on the southbound side where a large open space exists.

The station has a crossover towards the middle of the two wall platforms. The mezzanine features the same tile pattern (but no name tablet), sodium lights, and the station exit up a short (14 steps) flight of stairs to the street. The station house is concrete with windows. The railing outside the station house has some oak leaves intertwined in a crisscross pattern.

At the north end of the northbound platform is a new transfer passageway to the Brooklyn IRT's Franklin Ave. station. This passageway is brightly lit with fluorescent lights. The passageway takes a jog to the right after about 5 feet and another jog to the right after about another 30 feet. Four steps are seen after another 5 foot distance and lead to a mezzanine at the north end of the IRT which is 18 steps below. This mezzanine is laid out in a half hexagon pattern, with the straight side being the entry from the shuttle.


IL7/Square, Millie Burns.

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