My Favorite Subway Station

Splice Today | 5/1/2019 | Staff
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They don’t build real estate like this any more.

The present B/Q line tracks between Prospect Park and Brighton Beach were originally a part of the Brooklyn, Flatbush, and Coney Island Railroad, which ran between Prospect Park and the Brighton Beach Hotel beginning in 1878. It became a part of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company (BRT) by 1900. The station house had been the Thomas Benton Ackerson Co. real estate office for Fiske Terrace, the attractive development of houses running north from Ave. H. The Ave. H station opened in 1907 after increasing population in the area necessitated a new one; it’s the only such station remaining from the time when steam trains plying the Brighton Line ran at grade. Brooklyn Rapid Transit built the open cut, which runs between about Ave. H and Prospect Park, between 1905 and 1908, and streets were built through in the subsequent decade.

Ackerman - Station - Building - Danger - Collapse

By 2010 the Ackerman station building was in danger of complete collapse, with a sagging roof and dangerously deteriorated wood floors. To shore up the roof, a tie rod with steel beams was installed. The wood floor was removed and a safer concrete floor was built. The building was closed between late 2009 and the end of 2011 while the renovation was done.

The wraparound porch was completely removed and subsequently rebuilt with the supporting columns again resembling the bare, peeled logs that were featured on the original. A neat touch was the introduction of Shaker-style, individually designed and painted rocking chairs designed by local architect Ed Kopel, whose installation is called Brooklyn Bucolic. Though the chairs are usable by the public, they’re attached to the pavement and can’t be removed.

Revelation - Interior - Stationhouse - Beige - Paint

The real revelation is the interior of the stationhouse. Before 2010 it was plain with a neutral beige paint job and exposed meters and...
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