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Court Street – Borough Hall
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New York City Subway rapid transit station complex
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Station entrance at Columbus Park with view of Brooklyn Borough Hall
Station statistics
Address Court Street between Joralemon Street & Montague Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Downtown Brooklyn
Coordinates 40°41′37″N 73°59′25″W / 40.693655°N 73.990216°W / 40.693655; -73.990216Coordinates: 40°41′37″N 73°59′25″W / 40.693655°N 73.990216°W / 40.693655; -73.990216
Division A (IRT), B (BMT)
Line IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line
IRT Eastern Parkway Line
BMT Fourth Avenue Line
Services      2 all times (all times)
     3 all except late nights (all except late nights)
     4 all times (all times)
     5 weekdays until 8:45 p.m. (weekdays until 8:45 p.m.)
     M rush hours until 7:30 p.m. (rush hours until 7:30 p.m.)
     N late nights (late nights)
     R all except late nights (all except late nights)
Connection
Levels 3
Other information
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access (2, 3, and northbound 4 and 5 services only)
Traffic
Passengers (2008) 10.698 million[1][2] 5.42%
Rank 26 out of 422

Court Street – Borough Hall is a New York City Subway station complex shared by the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line, the IRT Eastern Parkway Line, and the BMT Fourth Avenue Line. The station is named Borough Hall on the IRT lines and Court Street on the BMT. Located at the intersection of Court, Joralemon and Montague Streets in Downtown Brooklyn, it is served by:

  • 2 and 4 trains at all times
  • 5 and M trains during rush hours
  • 3 and R trains at all times except late nights
  • N trains late nights.

10,698,228 passengers used the station in 2008, making it the busiest New York City Subway station in Brooklyn. It is ranked 26th overall.[1]

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The station elevator only connects with the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line and the northbound IRT Eastern Parkway Line.


IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line platforms

Borough Hall
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New York City Subway rapid transit station
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Station statistics
Division A (IRT)
Line IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line
Services      2 all times (all times)
     3 all except late nights (all except late nights)
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms (one on each of two levels)
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened April 15, 1919
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access (Transfer to IRT Eastern Parkway Line platforms is accessible on northbound side only)
Station succession
Next north Clark Street: 2 all times 3 all except late nights
Next south Hoyt Street – Fulton Mall: 2 all times 3 all except late nights


Next Handicapped/disabled access north Chambers Street: 2 all times 3 all except late nights
Next Handicapped/disabled access south Atlantic Avenue: 2 all times 3 all except late nights

Borough Hall on the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line has two platforms, each on the south (railroad west) side of the tracks. Northbound trains use the upper level and southbound trains the lower, with a handicapped accessible passageway from both to the northbound side station on the IRT Eastern Parkway Line. On the wall is a large mosaic showing an image of Borough Hall and the words "Borough Hall".

Columbus Park stair
Station ID mosaic


IRT Eastern Parkway Line platforms

Borough Hall
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New York City Subway rapid transit station
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Station statistics
Division A (IRT)
Line IRT Eastern Parkway Line
Services      4 all times (all times)
     5 weekdays until 8:45 p.m. (weekdays until 8:45 p.m.)
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened May 1, 1908
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access (northbound only through IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line platforms)
Station succession
Next north Bowling Green: 4 all times 5 weekdays until 8:45 p.m.
Next south Nevins Street: 4 all times 5 weekdays until 8:45 p.m.


Next Handicapped/disabled access north Bowling Green: 4 all times 5 weekdays until 8:45 p.m.
Next Handicapped/disabled access south Atlantic Avenue: 4 all times 5 weekdays until 8:45 p.m.[3]

Borough Hall on the IRT Eastern Parkway Line has two tracks and two side platforms. This was the first underground subway station in Brooklyn, opened in 1908 as the terminal for the extension of the IRT subway into Brooklyn. It provided easy access to the BRT elevated Fulton Street Line and Myrtle Avenue Line, although a separate fare had to be paid.

The station consists of two platforms, one on each side of the two-track line, and offset by about one-third of their length. Only the northbound side is ADA-compliant, as is the connection to the Borough Hall station on the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line.

In the southeast corner of the mezzanine, a plaque commemorating the subway's arrival in Brooklyn is visible. The platform and mezzanine walls feature an intricate intertwined "BH" mosaic. Also in the mezzanine is a remnant of New York's past, a bank teller window that used to be served by a local bank.

Station identification mosaic and cartouches
1913 postcard illustrating the Joralemon Street Tunnel and the new subway station under Brooklyn Borough Hall


BMT Fourth Avenue Line platform

Court Street
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New York City Subway rapid transit station
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Southbound R train approaches
Station statistics
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Fourth Avenue Line
Services      M rush hours until 7:30 p.m. (rush hours until 7:30 p.m.)
     N late nights (late nights)
     R all except late nights (all except late nights)
Structure Underground
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened March 11, 1920
Station succession
Next north Whitehall Street – South Ferry (Broadway): N late nights R all except late nights
Broad Street (Nassau Street): M rush hours until 7:30 p.m.
Next south Lawrence Street – MetroTech: M rush hours until 7:30 p.m. N late nights R all except late nights

Court Street on the BMT Fourth Avenue Line is a very deep station with two tracks and a single island platform. There is a crossover above the platform level. The western end of this area is serviced by two elevators leading to Clinton Street. At the eastern end, there are banks of escalators leading to Court Street entry, where there is a transfer to the Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line and Eastern Parkway Line platforms.

A close look at the steel I-beams on the platform shows the name "Carnegie", from Carnegie Steel (predecessor of United States Steel).

Mosaics on the track wall


Surface connections

By 1916, a single-track counterclockwise trolley loop was built around Borough Hall, with both ends at Joralemon Street, and access from westbound Fulton Street to the loop and from the loop to southbound Court Street. Passengers on lines that used the loop or lines that used Court Street or Fulton Street could transfer to the subway entrance in the triangle bounded by those two streets and the loop, north of Borough Hall. The lines that used this loop included:[4]

Other lines that passed Borough Hall and thus served the station included:

On Court Street
On Fulton Street
On Joralemon Street

Effective April 7, 1930, the Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit Corporation eliminated the loop to relieve congestion.[5][6] Several lines were moved to a loop on Washington Street north of Tillary Street or a clockwise loop on Livingston Street, Court Street, Joralemon Street, Fulton Street, and Boerum Place.

References

  1. ^ a b "2008 Subway Ridership". New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. http://www.mta.info/nyct/facts/ridership/ridership_sub.htm. Retrieved 2009-04-29.  
  2. ^ "2007 Ridership by Subway Station". New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. http://www.mta.info/nyct/facts/ridership/ridership_sub_07.htm. Retrieved 2009-04-29.  
  3. ^ Southbound 4 and 5 ADA passengers traveling from the Borough Hall station may travel on the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line to Nevins Street or Atlantic Avenue and transfer there.
  4. ^ Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn Daily Eagle Almanac, 1916
  5. ^ New York Times, Reroute Cars to Aid Brooklyn Traffic, April 1, 1930, page 14
  6. ^ New York Times, Brooklyn Accepts New Traffic Rules, April 8, 1930, page 24

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