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Station: Broadway Junction (Nassau Street-Jamaica/Canarsie Line)

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BMT Nassau Street-Jamaica Line
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Z.GIF Broad Street · Fulton Street · Chambers Street · Canal Street · Bowery · Essex Street · Marcy Avenue · Myrtle Avenue · Gates Avenue · Chauncey Street · Broadway Junction · Van Siclen Avenue · Norwood Avenue · Crescent Street · 75th Street-Elderts Lane · Woodhaven Boulevard · 102nd-104th Streets · 121st Street ·Sutphin Blvd.-Archer Ave.-JFK · Jamaica Center -- Parsons-Archer


Overview

Opened: 9/9/1884 (Jamaica Line) Opened: 1928 (Canarsie Line)

Transfer here to: IND 8th Avenue/Fulton Street/Rockaway Line

The large station complex at Broadway Junction serves trains on the BMT Nassau Street-Jamaica Line (J, Z), and the BMT Canarsie Line (L). In the past there were also tracks and platforms serving The Fulton Street Elevated (Brooklyn). It is in fact the largest elevated complex in the system, with many artifacts remaining of its former glory, including ironwork for the old Fulton Street Elevated trackways which can be seen underneath and to the south of the current platforms.

Of the two remaining elevated stations at Broadway Junction, the lower level serving the Jamaica Line was built first (1884). It consists of three tracks and two island platforms.

The upper level, serving the Canarsie Line, was added in 1928. It connected the Canarsie Line subway from Manhattan with existing trackage built in 1906 for the Fulton Street Elevated. There are two tracks, one side platform (on the outbound side) and one island platform (used for the inbound side only). The Canarsie Line platforms must be one of the highest elevated platforms in the city, second only perhaps to Smith/9th Street, as it sits above the already-elevated Jamaica Line platforms. As high up as these platforms are, the tracks plunge abruptly into a tunnel at the north end. This end of the station slopes sharply downward, and it is less than 200 yards from the platform end to the tunnel's portal.

An interesting feature here is the mezzanine, which is above the Broadway line platforms. The upper mezzanine extends most of the length of the station and is made of concrete, resembling the style of the mezzanines on the #7 Flushing line. This mezzanine is used to connect to the BMT Canarsie Line and to exit to street level via two long escalators. To reach the inbound Canarsie Line platform, one must climb up a flight of stairs from the mezzanine to an overpass. The overpass was added during recent (2000's) renovations to the station complex and replaced a former dodgy underpass. This new crossover has steps that can be seen through, which gives the area a light, airy feel and makes them impossible to hide behind and underneath, a safety improvement. There is no direct access from the inbound Canarsie Line platform to the mezzanine or to the street.

A headhouse at street level contains the fare control and a transfer to the IND 8th Avenue/Fulton Street/Rockaway Line (subway). There is an old, "traditional" mezzanine, underneath the Jamaica Line platforms at the south end. It is currently used by various track maintenance operations as office space.

There is track connections at each end of the Jamaica Line station to the East New York Yard, and also a connection south of the Canarsie Line station.

There are also tracks connecting the Canarsie Line and Jamaica Line here. Clearly noticable from the inbound Canarsie Line platforms is a flyover track, connecting inbound Canarsie Line to inbound Jamaica line. This track is rarely used, but now and then a train being rerouted will use these tracks, particularly during track work in the Canarsie Line tunnel. The outbound connection track can be seen emerging below the Canarsie Line platforms. For detail of the track configuration in this area see the East New York Area Track Map. A fine view of the yard can be had from the inbound Canarsie Line platform.

Artwork

Brooklyn, New Morning, Al Loving (2001)

Photo Gallery


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Photo by: David Pirmann
Location: Broadway Junction

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Photo by: Doug Grotjahn
Collection of: Joe Testagrose
Location: Broadway Junction

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Photo by: Wayne Whitehorne
Location: Broadway Junction

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Photo by: Bill E.
Location: Broadway/East New York (Broadway Junction)

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Collection of: Brooklyn Public Library (via Herbert Maruska)
Location: Broadway/East New York (Broadway Junction)

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Photo by: Roberto C. Tobar
Location: Broadway/East New York (Broadway Junction)

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Photo by: Philip D'Allesandro
Location: Broadway Junction

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Photo by: Frank Pfuhler
Location: Broadway/East New York (Broadway Junction)

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Photo by: Christopher Henderson
Location: Broadway/East New York (Broadway Junction)

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Photo by: Robert Mencher
Location: Broadway Junction

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Photo by: Robert Mencher
Location: Broadway Junction

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Photo by: John Dooley
Location: Broadway/East New York (Broadway Junction)

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Photo by: Zach Summer
Location: Broadway Junction

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Photo by: Zach Summer
Location: Broadway/East New York (Broadway Junction)

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Photo by: Eric Oszustowicz
Collection of: Joe Testagrose
Location: Broadway Junction


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