Broadway station (IND Crosstown Line)

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 "G" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Broadway - Crosstown Queens Bound Platform.jpg
Queens bound platform
Station statistics
AddressBroadway & Union Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Coordinates40°42′20″N 73°57′01″W / 40.705433°N 73.950219°W / 40.705433; -73.950219Coordinates: 40°42′20″N 73°57′01″W / 40.705433°N 73.950219°W / 40.705433; -73.950219
DivisionB (IND)
Line   IND Crosstown Line
Services   G all times (all times)
TransitBus transport NYCT Bus: B46, B60
Platforms2 side platforms
Other information
OpenedJuly 1, 1937; 83 years ago (1937-07-01)[1]
Station code286[2]
20191,506,905[4]Increase 7.5%
Rank296 out of 424[4]
Station succession
Next northMetropolitan Avenue: G all times
Next southFlushing Avenue: G all times
Station service legend
Symbol Description
Stops all times Stops all times

Broadway is a station on the IND Crosstown Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Broadway and Union Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, it is served at all times by the G train.


This opened on July 1, 1937, as part of the extension of the Crosstown Line from Nassau Avenue to Hoyt-Schermerhorn Streets.[1]

Station layout[edit]

Station tiles with the misspelled "BRODAWAY" on the right
G Street level Entrances/exits
B1 Mezzanine Station agent, fare control, MetroCard machines (unfinished South Fourth Street station)
Platform level
Side platform
Northbound "G" train toward Court Square (Metropolitan Avenue)
Southbound "G" train toward Church Avenue (Flushing Avenue)
Side platform

This underground station has two tracks and two side platforms.[5] The platforms have a light green trim line with a black border and mosaic name tablets reading "BROADWAY" in white sans-serif lettering on a black background and light green border. The I-beam columns in the entire station are dark grey-blue, with alternating ones on the platforms having the standard black station name plate in white lettering.

Small station signs underneath the trim line read "BROADWAY" in white lettering on a black background. One of the icon tiles on the northbound platform was incorrectly spelled as "BRODAWAY"; this mistake may have been part of the station's original tilework.[6][7][8][9] After the Daily News and several other news outlets reported on the misspelling in February 2009,[6][7][8] the two wrong letters were covered with the correct ones printed on stickers, but the stickers were removed by December 2009. In December 2011, the MTA stated the tiles would remain;[8][9] however, by late February 2020, the tiles with the two wrong letters were permanently swapped.[citation needed]


The station has a small mezzanine above the platforms and tracks at the south end, allowing a free transfer between directions. Two staircases from each platform go up to the mezzanine.[5]

A turnstile bank provides entrance/exit from the station. Outside fare control, there is a token booth and three street stairs: one to the southwestern corner of Broadway and Heyward Street, and the remaining two to the southeastern and northeastern corners of Broadway and Union Avenue.[10] There is also a stair to the southwestern corner of Broadway and Union Avenue, but it was closed in the 2000s.

A staircase at the southeast corner of Union Avenue and Broadway with the BMT Jamaica Line in the background

The station previously had a full length mezzanine. However, the northern half was closed and to the public, and parts of it currently hold offices while the rest of the mezzanine is used for storage space.[11] The mezzanine had an exit to the northwestern corner of Johnson Avenue and Union Avenue, and a small upper landing with exits to all corners of South 5th Street, Montrose Avenue, and Union Avenue except for the southwestern corner.

Free transfer[edit]

The BMT Jamaica Line lies directly above the staircases to this station; Lorimer Street and Hewes Street are located to the east and west of the entrances, respectively with Lorimer Street being slightly closer to the station. However, there is no permanent free transfer between either of those stations and this one, in spite of requests from riders and transit advocacy groups.[12][13][14]

Despite the lack of a free transfer, temporary free transfers have been offered during construction or service disruptions.[12] A transfer was provided from July 25, 2014, to September 2, 2014, between Lorimer Street and this station, due to the closure of the IND Crosstown Line under the Newtown Creek for tunnel repairs.[12][15][16] A free transfer using a MetroCard between Broadway and Lorimer Street stations was provided during the 14th Street Tunnel shutdown from April 2019 until May 31, 2020 during weekends and late nights.[17] A temporary free MetroCard transfer to and from the Hewes Street station was also made available.[18] These two transfers were honored through the end of May 2020, even though L train tunnel work was completed on April 26.[19][20]

Unfinished station[edit]

Mosaic name tablet

The north end of the Broadway station has been blocked by false walls. This northern third of the platform level area consists of passages that would have served as transfers to an unfinished station on a level directly above the Crosstown Line tracks (provisionally called South Fourth Street or Union Avenue). The unfinished station was built as part of a planned expansion of the Independent Subway System.[11][21][22]

The station is a semi-complete shell with four island platforms and six track beds, having the same layout as Hoyt–Schermerhorn Streets station. No rails, tiles, lights, or stairs were built.[23] The unfinished station, which is only about as long as Union Avenue is wide, was designed to be the main transfer point from both a line running under Worth Street and a line running under Houston Street coming from Manhattan with the Crosstown Line. These lines would have become two major trunk lines going east; one would have run under Utica Avenue, and the other would have run towards the Rockaways along Myrtle Avenue and Central Avenue Line.[11][21][24]

The closed mezzanine area of the Broadway station has stairs at its north end to an upper level mezzanine directly above the unfinished station. This mezzanine has stairs leading to the northern corners of the intersection of South 4th Street, Meserole Street, and Union Avenue.[11] However, it has no stairs leading to the unfinished station itself. Like the closed mezzanine area of the Broadway station, the upper level mezzanine is used for storage.

In 2010, dozens of street artists created murals on the walls of the unfinished station over the course of 18 months, collectively called "the Underbelly Project", without clearance from the MTA. Afterwards, the MTA removed access to the transfer passage on the northbound platform at Broadway and replaced dilapidated fencing blocking closed areas with cinderblock walls.[25][26]


  1. ^ a b "New Crosstown Subway Line Is Opened". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. July 1, 1937. Retrieved December 24, 2015.
  2. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2014–2019". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2020. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2014–2019". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2020. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Review of the G Line: Appendices" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 10, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
  6. ^ a b Belenkaya, Veronika; Donohue, Pete (February 10, 2009). "MTA spellers way off-off Broadway in Brooklyn". Daily News. Retrieved June 14, 2009.
  7. ^ a b "Subway Tile Sign Has Old Misspelling". NY1. February 10, 2009. Archived from the original on April 22, 2009. Retrieved June 14, 2009.
  8. ^ a b c Dunlap, David W. (December 29, 2011). "They Say the Noen Lights Are Bright on Brodaway". The New York Times. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  9. ^ a b Macleod, Dan (January 6, 2012). "It's 'Brodaway' — get used to it!". Brooklyn Paper. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  10. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Williamsburg & Bedford-Stuyvesant" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  11. ^ a b c d Raskin, Joseph B. (2013). The Routes Not Taken: A Trip Through New York City's Unbuilt Subway System. New York, New York: Fordham University Press. doi:10.5422/fordham/9780823253692.001.0001. ISBN 978-0-82325-369-2.
  12. ^ a b c "Review of the G Line" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 10, 2013. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  13. ^ Hoffman, Meredith (December 31, 2012). "G Train Riders to Renew Push for Improved Service With New Year". Williamsburg, Brooklyn: Archived from the original on August 29, 2016. Retrieved August 24, 2015.
  14. ^ Miller, Shane (July 1, 2004). "Let Us Take a Free Swipe". Greenpoint Star. Archived from the original on February 14, 2005. Retrieved January 17, 2007.
  15. ^ "Free transfer set to expire between G train and J/M lines in Brooklyn". New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV.
  16. ^ Donohue, Pete (May 14, 2014). "MTA will allow free transfers for G train riders to J or M trains at Lorimer St. stop during work on Greenpoint Tube this summer". NY Daily News. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
  17. ^ Hogan, Gwynne; Tcholakian, Danielle (July 25, 2016). "The L Train Shutdown: Here's How to Commute Between Brooklyn and Manhattan". DNAinfo New York. Archived from the original on August 21, 2016. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  18. ^ New York City Transit Authority (July 2018). "MTA New York City Transit Canarsie Tunnel Project Supplemental Environmental Assessment and Section 4(f) Review: Final Report" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. p. 16. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  19. ^ "Service information for L, M, G, 7, M14 SBS and free transfers". Metropolitan Transit Authority. April 26, 2020. Retrieved May 10, 2020.
  20. ^ Guse, Clayton (June 1, 2020). "MTA ends free transfer between overlapping Brooklyn subway stations". New York Daily News. Retrieved June 2, 2020.
  21. ^ a b Roger P. Roess; Gene Sansone (August 23, 2012). The Wheels That Drove New York: A History of the New York City Transit System. Springer Science & Business Media. pp. 416–417. ISBN 978-3-642-30484-2.
  22. ^ Brennan, Joseph. "IND Second System unfinished stations". Abandoned Stations. Retrieved June 4, 2009.
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  24. ^ Project for Expanded Rapid Transit Facilities, New York City Transit System, dated July 5, 1939
  25. ^ Rees, Jasper (October 31, 2010). "'Underbelly Project' Hidden Art Show in Abandoned Subway Station". The New York Times.
  26. ^ Grynbaum, Michael M. (November 11, 2010). "Underbelly Project Visitors at Ghost Subway Station Risk Arrest". The New York Times.

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