Clark Street is a station on the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. It is located at Clark Street and Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn. It is served by the 2 train at all times and the 3 train at all times except late nights.

 Clark Street
 "2" train"3" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
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Station statistics
AddressClark Street & Henry Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
BoroughBrooklyn
LocaleBrooklyn Heights
Coordinates40°41′51″N 73°59′35″W / 40.6974°N 73.9931°W / 40.6974; -73.9931Coordinates: 40°41′51″N 73°59′35″W / 40.6974°N 73.9931°W / 40.6974; -73.9931
DivisionA (IRT)
Line      IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line
Services      2 all times (all times)
      3 all except late nights (all except late nights)
StructureUnderground
Platforms1 island platform
Tracks2
Other information
OpenedApril 15, 1919; 100 years ago (1919-04-15)
Station code334[1]
AccessibleThe mezzanine is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, but the platforms are not compliant ADA-accessible to mezzanine only; platforms are not ADA-accessible
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
Former/other namesClark Street–Brooklyn Heights
Traffic
Passengers (2018)1,550,414[3]Decrease 4.9%
Rank283 out of 424
Station succession
Next northWall Street: 2 all times3 all except late nights
Next southBorough Hall: 2 all times3 all except late nights

HistoryEdit

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On April 15, 1919, the Clark Street Tunnel opened, and this station opened with it, extending West Side Line express trains from Wall Street on the other side of the East River to Atlantic Avenue via a new connection at Borough Hall. The connection doubled the capacity between Manhattan and Brooklyn and eased congestion from the Joralemon Street Tunnel. Direct express service to Times Square was provided to the inhabitants of Brooklyn for the first time as a result.[4]

During the 1964–1965 fiscal year, the platforms at Clark Street, along with those at four other stations on the Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line, were lengthened to 525 feet to accommodate a ten-car train of 51-foot IRT cars.[5]

In 1981, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) listed the station among the 69 most deteriorated stations in the subway system.[6] On February 8, 1983, renovations made to the station as part of the MTA's Adopt-A-Station Program were unveiled. The $260,000 cost was evenly split between public and private agencies. Neighborhood maps were added to the station as part of the project.[7]

In 1984–1985, construction was completed to rehabilitate the station. The station was chosen for renovation in 1979, and design work was done in early 1982. Artwork was to be contributed to the design. The platform was refinished, new lights and new signs were installed, and new painting was done. The project was projected to cost $1,250,000 but went over budget. The construction was projected to begin in January 1984, but it quickly fell behind schedule. Issues with the contractors contributed to the delays.[8]

The elevators were replaced in 2000, necessitating an 8-month closure, and were repaired again in 2007.[9] In January 2017, Clark Street became the last underground station in the New York City Subway to receive Transit Wireless cell phone service.[10] The MTA announced in 2019 that the station's elevators would need to be replaced again in 2020 due to frequent breakdowns. Repairs might take eight months to three years depending on whether the station is fully closed or remains open.[11][12][13] The elevators have never been replaced since they were originally installed: two of the elevators date from the station's opening in 1919, while the third dates from 1931.[11]

Station layoutEdit

G Street Level Exit/Entrance, fare control, station agent
Elevators in station house within Hotel St. George. Note: Platform level is not accessible
M Mezzanine Lowest level served by elevators, walkway, stairs down to platform
P
Platform level
Northbound   toward Wakefield–241st Street (Wall Street)
  toward Harlem–148th Street except late nights (Wall Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Southbound   toward Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College (Borough Hall)
  toward New Lots Avenue except late nights (Borough Hall)
 
Fare control

Clark Street is geographically the westernmost station in Brooklyn on the Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line. It has one island platform and two tracks. Due to the deep-bore tunneling used to construct this part of the line, the station's walls are rounded. On the walls of the platforms are mosaics of sailing ships and large name panels reading Clark Street–Brooklyn Heights.

ExitEdit

The platform has two staircases in the center that go up to a passageway, which leads to three elevators. The floor of the passageway contains a 1987 artwork titled Clark Street Passage by Ray Ring and the elevators go up to fare control, which is on the first floor of the now-defunct Hotel St. George. The station is not fully ADA-accessible, since there are no elevators or ramps that lead to the platform. The fare control area contains a small arcade of businesses and two doors that led to the former lobby and checking room of the hotel. The station's two entrances have awnings that read "Hotel St. George."[14]

This is one of three stations accessed by elevators only. The other two—168th Street and 181st Street—are on the Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line in Upper Manhattan.[11]

There is supposedly a locked entrance leading directly from the station to the nearby Brooklyn Bridge Park.[15] A 2008 study by Brooklyn Community Board 6 examined the possibility of creating a new entrance to the station from the park; however, it was deemed economically unfeasible.[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  4. ^ "OPEN CLARK STREET LINE.; New Route Doubles Subway Service Between the Two Boroughs" (PDF). Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  5. ^ Annual Report 1964–1965. New York City Transit Authority. 1965.
  6. ^ Gargan, Edward A. (June 11, 1981). "AGENCY LISTS ITS 69 MOST DETERIORATED SUBWAY STATIONS". The New York Times. Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  7. ^ Jones, Michael (February 9, 1983). "'Adopt-A-Station' scores a victory" (PDF). News World. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  8. ^ Daley, Suzanne (March 8, 1985). "YEAR OF ELAYS PLAGUE RENOVATION OF A BROOKLYN IRT STATION". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 28, 2016.
  9. ^ Karni, Annie (April 30, 2007). "Brooklyn's Clark Street Elevator Failed 400 Times Over Two Years". The New York Sun. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  10. ^ Frost, Mary (January 6, 2017). "Last NYC subway station to get cellphone service going live Monday at Clark Street in Brooklyn". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  11. ^ a b c staff/jen-carlson (September 17, 2019). "Andy Byford Wants Full Eight Month Closure Of Brooklyn Subway Station To Fix Elevators From Hell". Gothamist. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  12. ^ "Clark Street station closure 'not a done deal,' says MTA official". Brooklyn Eagle. September 17, 2019. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  13. ^ Rana, Urshila (September 17, 2019). "MTA Breaks Silence On Clark Street Subway Station Closure". Kings County Politics. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  14. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Downtown Brooklyn and Borough Hall" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  15. ^ Georgia Kral (May 29, 2015). "Secrets of Brooklyn Bridge Park". AM New York. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  16. ^ "Brooklyn Bridge Park Transportation+Access Study" (PDF). Brooklyn Community Board 6. 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 8, 2015. Retrieved July 7, 2015.

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