Avenue M (BMT Brighton Line)

Avenue M (formerly Elm Avenue), is a local station on the BMT Brighton Line of the New York City Subway. It is located in Midwood, Brooklyn, at Avenue M between East 15th and East 16th Streets. It is served by the Q train at all times.

This station, situated on an elevated embankment, has two side platforms and four tracks and closely the other local stations on the Brighton Line south of Newkirk Plaza. The two center tracks are used by the B express train on weekdays.

The station house is a brick building underneath the tracks facing the street on the south side of Avenue M. A closed stairway on the Coney Island-bound platform leads to the north side of the street.

This station underwent reconstruction from September 2009 to December 2011. Both platforms were rebuilt with new edges, windscreens, and canopies. The Coney Island-bound platform has a double wide staircase going down to the station house while the Manhattan-bound platform has a narrow staircase going down there and a bank of turnstiles leading to another staircase that goes down to the north side of Avenue M. The Coney Island-bound staircase's landing has two exit-only turnstiles leading directly to the street.

Just west of the station, at Avenue M and East 14th Street, is the former location of American Vitagraph, a prolific movie studio that produced silent movies from the turn of the 20th century until 1925, when it was purchased by Warner Bros. A smokestack bearing "Vitagraph Co." may still be seen from the station.

Edward R. Murrow High School is located just to the northeast adjacent to the line.

The 2011 artwork here is called Hare Apparent by Rita MacDonald. It is installed on the walls of the Coney Island-bound platform's staircase and consists ceramic tiling and glass mosaic depicting various species of birds and rabbits.

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