Brook Avenue is a local station on the IRT Pelham Line of the New York City Subway. It is served by the 6 train at all times and is located at Brook Avenue and East 138th Street in Mott Haven, Bronx.
This underground station, opened on January 17, 1919, has two side platforms and three tracks. The center express track is used by the weekday peak direction <6> service.
Both platforms have their original Dual Contracts mosaic trim line and name tablets. "B" plaques for "Brook" alternating with plaques showing a pattern of concentric diamonds run along the trim line at regular intervals and the name tablets have "BROOK AVE." in all-caps, serif lettering. The trim line has a geometric Vickers design of brightly colored diamonds in blue and green, bordered by scarlet red and yellow bands. The tablets have a background of blue with a yellow-ochre border. Some of the tablets themselves, and sections of the trim line on both sides have been replaced in recent years with historically-accurate replicas. Dark yellow i-beam columns run along the platforms at regular intervals with every other one having the standard black name plate with white lettering.
Both platforms were extended at either ends in the 1960s to accommodate the current standard length of an IRT train (510 feet). The extensions are noticeable as they are narrower than the rest of the platforms, have no columns, and the trim line is blue with "BROOK AVE" in white sans serif font. The extensions result in the platforms being slightly offset.
Both platforms have one same-level fare control area at the center. Each one has a turnstile bank, token booth, and two street stairs. The ones on the Pelham Bay Park-bound platform go up to either southern corners of Brook Avenue and East 138th Street while the ones on the Manhattan-bound platform go up to either northern corners.
There are no crossovers or crossunders to allow free transfers between directions.
Famous quotes containing the words brook and/or avenue:
“Our life runs down in sending up the clock.
The brook runs down in sending up our life.
The sun runs down in sending up the brook.
And there is something sending up the sun.”
—Robert Frost (18741963)
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—Alicia F. Lieberman (20th century)