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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Abandoned Myrtle Avenue Station

This photo was taken off the web.  This station, at Myrtle Avenue and Flatbush Avenues in Brooklyn is not in service.  Originally two local platforms, only the northbound half is partially intact and Manhattan Bridge trains pass it every day.

More to follow this in the future.  Behind the wall are two "express tracks".  I believe the station was abandoned in 1956 due to the total reconstruction of the area to increase through service .  The southbound platform does not exist today and was ripped up to make room for a fifth track in the area.  This was to increase service through the DeKalb Avenue Station once the Christie Street Loop line opened in 1967.  Upstairs, the Myrtle Avenue El was still existing until that time.  Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn was associated with the three forms of electric transit, namely  els, streetcars and serveral underground stations along the way.  In recent years, there has been much residential building in the area and I wonder if opening of the northbound platform to passengers would be helpful.  I believe that the length of the station has not been expanded and that the area of the platform has been taken over by store rooms.  The station, if opened, would require a major investment  of money.  I have no statistics to show if an reopened station would be helpful or how far the station is away from DeKalb Avenue, the station to it's south.

Possibly more to follow.

Here is a 1951 aerial view of the Myrtle Avenue - Flatbush Avenue Ext. Intersection.  I remember, as a child, seeing a green arch near the Myrtle Avenue El at this area ( above the station).  You can make out the arch from the aerial shot below.  Surprisingly, a 1920's aerial does not show the arch.  Perhaps the arch came after Flatbush Avenue was extended for the Manhattan Bridge.

                                                          Flatbush Ave Ext.

Myrtle Avenue is at the center gong from left to right.  You can make out the arch at the Flatbush Avenue - Myrtle Avenue intersection.  The station is underneath with tracks leading to the Manhattan Bridge.


  1. Problem with the Myrtle station is, the platform is only long enough for eight 60-foot cars. You can't expand it northward because of the switch right after the station, and while you COULD expand it southward, it probably wouldn't be such a good idea because once they lengthened DeKalb to the north, the two platforms would be way too close together. (Similar situation to the IRT 18th St station.)

    I suppose you could maybe platform half the train, like at the South Ferry outer loop, or even modify the cars to not open the first few doors in the first and last cars like they did on PATH when they needed to run longer trains, but it seems more trouble than it's worth for the gain of half a station.

    1. Dear Shalom:

      Thanks for your response. I do not know if it was you, but someone responded to a similar question along your reasoning at "subchat". I guess if development continues in the area and crowding conditions get worse, it may be option for selling real estate in the area, that is, having a subway station very close to your residence. I agree with you that it is not likely in our lifetime. By the way, and I am not sure about this, but I remember as a child, I believe at that location, the Myrtle Avenue El had an unusual configuration at that intersection; namely a large arch.


      Tramway Null(0)

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