86th Street (BMT Sea Beach Line)

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86th Street
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Gravesend-86th BMT jeh.JPG
South end
Station statistics
Address 86th Street & West Seventh Street
Brooklyn, NY 11223
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Gravesend
Coordinates 40°35′33.56″N 73°58′41.74″W / 40.5926556°N 73.9782611°W / 40.5926556; -73.9782611Coordinates: 40°35′33.56″N 73°58′41.74″W / 40.5926556°N 73.9782611°W / 40.5926556; -73.9782611
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Sea Beach Line
Services       N all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport New York City Bus: B1, B4
Structure Open-cut
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4 (2 in regular service)
Other information
Opened June 22, 1915 (101 years ago) (1915-06-22)[1]
Former/other names Gravesend–86th Street
Passengers (2015) 859,293[2]Increase 2.6%
Rank 377 out of 425
Station succession
Next north Avenue U: N all times
Next south Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue: N all times

86th Street is a local station on the BMT Sea Beach Line of the New York City Subway, located at the intersection of 86th Street and West Seventh Street in Gravesend, Brooklyn.[3] This station is served by N trains at all times.[4] The northbound platform is being renovated as of 2016, so northbound trains currently do not stop here. W trains terminate here during limited rush hours.

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
to Av U
to CI Yard
to Stillwell Av
G Station house Entrances/Exits
Station agent, MetroCard vending machines
Platform level
Side platform, being renovated until spring of 2017
Northbound local No regular service (Avenue U)
Northbound express NYCS-bull-trans-N.svg does not stop here
Southbound express No regular service
Southbound local NYCS-bull-trans-N.svg toward Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue (Terminus)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound platform

The station has four tracks and two side platforms. The two center express tracks are not normally used, but both are available for rerouted trains. To the south of the station, the four tracks merge into two tracks and there is a connection to the Coney Island Complex.[5] As of 2013, the Manhattan and Coney Island express tracks have been replaced with new track beds and new third rail protection boards.[citation needed]

There is a building on the Coney Island-bound platform for non-public uses. Like many other stations on the Sea Beach Line, the platforms are dilapidated and have paint-chipped columns. At the southern end of the station there is a pedestrian bridge for employees only that provides access to Coney Island Yard. South of the station the line exits the open cut and runs at-grade. Portions of the platform are located beneath 86th Street.[6]


Like other stations on the line, there used to be two entrances to the station. Only the northern entrance is open. The entrance to the station is through a station house at 86th Street between West 8th Street and West Seventh Street, and it has a crossover between platforms.[3] The closed southern entrance is now employee-access only and has a crossover between platforms.[7]


The station opened on June 22, 1915, as part of an expanded Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company operation to Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue.[1][8] Between 2001 and 2005, the station was known as Gravesend–86th Street when N trains originated/terminated here while the Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue terminal was reconstructed.[9] Some destination signage continues to use this name.[10]

This station, along with eight others along the Sea Beach Line, is scheduled for a rehabilitation starting in 2015.[11] The Manhattan-bound platform at this station was closed on January 18, 2016, with an expected reopening in spring 2017.[12]


  1. ^ a b "Through Tube to Coney, 48 Minutes: First Train on Fourth Avenue Route Beats West End Line Eleven Minutes". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. June 22, 1915. Retrieved 29 June 2015 – via Newspapers.com. 
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York: Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  3. ^ a b "Neighborhood Map Coney Island" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved November 26, 2016. 
  4. ^ "N Subway Timetable, Effective January 1, 2017" (PDF). New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved December 28, 2016. 
  5. ^ Marrero, Robert (2017-01-01). "472 Stations, 850 Miles" (PDF). B24 Blog, via Dropbox. Retrieved 2015-10-09. 
  6. ^ Cox, Jeremiah. "86 Street (N) - The SubwayNut". subwaynut.com. Retrieved 2016-11-27. 
  7. ^ "www.nycsubway.org: BMT Sea Beach Line". www.nycsubway.org. Retrieved 2016-11-27. 
  8. ^ "NEW SUBWAY OPENS; MAYOR NOT PRESENT; Refuses to Attend 4th Av. Line Ceremony Because He Feels He Was Slighted. BAY RIDGE CELEBRATES 10,000 School Children Give Pageant In Honor of the Event -- Traffic Starts Tuesday.". The New York Times. 1915-06-20. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-11-27. 
  9. ^ "New York City Subway Map" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. February 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2004-03-26. Retrieved November 26, 2016. 
  10. ^ Caitsith810 (2016-11-08), MTA New York City Subway : Gravesend-86th Street Bound R160A-2 W Train @ City Hall, retrieved 2016-11-27 
  11. ^ "Two elevators coming to the N line during massive rehabilitation". October 4, 2013. Retrieved May 24, 2014. 
  12. ^ "N Line Sea Beach - 2016". web.mta.info. Retrieved 2016-01-18. 

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