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 Ocean Parkway
 "Q" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Station statistics
Address Ocean Parkway & Brighton Beach Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11235
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Brighton Beach
Coordinates 40°34′35″N 73°58′07″W / 40.576252°N 73.968587°W / 40.576252; -73.968587Coordinates: 40°34′35″N 73°58′07″W / 40.576252°N 73.968587°W / 40.576252; -73.968587
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Brighton Line
Services       Q Template:NYCS time (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport New York City Bus: B1, B68
Structure Elevated
Platforms 2 island platforms
Tracks 4 (2 in regular service)
Other information
Opened April 22, 1917; 104 years ago (1917-04-22)
Station code 056
Opposite-direction transfer available Yes
Passengers (2019) 1,033,340  Increase 1.4%
Rank 357 out of 425
Station succession
Next north Brighton Beach (local): Q Template:NYCS time
Brighton Beach (express): no regular service
Next south West Eighth Street–New York Aquarium: Q Template:NYCS time
Ocean Parkway Station (Dual System BRT)
MPS New York City Subway System MPS
NRHP reference No. 05000749
Added to NRHP July 29, 2005

Ocean Parkway is an express station on the New York City Subway's BMT Brighton Line. It is located at Brighton Beach Avenue and Ocean Parkway in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. The station is served by the Q train at all times.


Ocean Pkwy & Brighton Beach Blvd BMT arch jeh
Southern stair

When the Ocean Parkway station opened on April 22, 1917, it was served only by a single-track shuttle that ran to Brighton Beach, which was the southern terminal for all trains on the Brighton Line.

When the West Eighth Street–New York Aquarium station opened in 1919, all four tracks were extended west to serve the two-level station. The local tracks remained at the same elevation and connected to the lower level (which was also served by the IND Culver Line) while the express tracks rose up and connected to the upper level. As a result, all Brighton Line service was extended to Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue.

A reconfiguration in 1954 resulted in the discontinuation of Brighton Line service on the lower level of West Eighth Street, as well as express service at Ocean Parkway. West of this station, the local tracks merge into the express tracks, which continue to serve the upper level of West Eighth Street. The structures connecting the Brighton Line to the lower level, which the Culver Line continues to serve, remain intact, but are trackless.

The station was closed in August 2002 in conjunction with the reconstruction of the Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue terminal. Service was restored on May 23, 2004.

Station layout

Ocean Pkwy BMT sta jeh
Northern stair
Platform level
Northbound local "Q" train toward 96th Street (Brighton Beach)
Island platform
Northbound express No regular service
Southbound express No regular service
Island platform
Northbound local "Q" train toward Coney Island (West Eighth Street–New York Aquarium)
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard machines
G Street level Entrances/exits

This elevated station has two island platforms and four tracks with the center express tracks not normally used. It is built on a decorated masonry viaduct to keep with Ocean Parkway's status as a city parkway. Both platforms have red canopies with black frames and support columns along their entire length except for a section at their east (railroad north) end.

The station is geographically the closest Brighton Line station to the Brighton and Coney Island beaches, with the beachfront located roughly 500 feet (150 m) away from the station.

The 1996 artwork here is called Coney Island Reliefs by Deborah Masters. It was installed in 2009 and consists of 128 reliefs on the station's concrete structure.

Between this station and Brighton Beach, two layup tracks begin at bumper blocks adjacent to the platforms and run between the local and express tracks, making this section the only six-track elevated structure in the subway system. The two tracks merge with either adjacent track on approach to Brighton Beach.


This station has two entrances/exits, both of which are elevated station houses beneath the tracks and platforms.

  • The full-time one is at the east end. A single staircase from each platform goes down to a waiting area/crossunder, where a turnstile bank provides entrance/exit from the station. Outside fare control, there is a token booth and two staircases going down to each eastern corner of Brighton Beach Avenue and Ocean Parkway.
  • The other station house at the west end also has one staircase from each platform, a waiting area/crossunder, and two staircases facing in opposite directions and going down to the northwest corner of Brighton Beach Avenue and Ocean Parkway. However, it is un-staffed, containing two High Entry/Exit Turnstiles.
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