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 Wilson Avenue
 "L" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Wilson Av upper platform vc.jpg
Southbound platform
Station statistics
Address Wilson Avenue & Moffat Street
Brooklyn, NY 11207
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Bushwick
Coordinates 40°41′19″N 73°54′16″W / 40.6885°N 73.9044°W / 40.6885; -73.9044Coordinates: 40°41′19″N 73°54′16″W / 40.6885°N 73.9044°W / 40.6885; -73.9044
Division B (BMT)
Line       BMT Canarsie Line
Services       L Template:NYCS time (all times)
Structure Elevated (southbound)
covered at-grade (northbound)
Levels 2
Platforms 2 side platforms (1 on each level)
Tracks 2 (1 on each level)
Other information
Opened July 14, 1928; 92 years ago (1928-07-14)
Station code 130
Accessible This station is partially compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 Partially ADA-accessible (northbound only)
Opposite-direction transfer available Yes
Passengers (2019) 1,290,221  Decrease 9.1%
Rank 325 out of 425
Station succession
Next north Halsey Street: L Template:NYCS time
Next south Bushwick Avenue–Aberdeen Street: L Template:NYCS time

Wilson Avenue Subway Station (Dual System BMT)
MPS New York City Subway System MPS
NRHP reference No. 05000681
Added to NRHP July 6, 2005

Wilson Avenue is a station on the BMT Canarsie Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Wilson Avenue and Moffat Street in Brooklyn, it is served by the L train at all times.


Wilson Avenue opened on July 14, 1928, as part of an extension of the Canarsie Line. This extension connected Montrose Avenue, which had opened four years earlier, to Broadway Junction, which was the western end of the already-operating elevated line to Canarsie.

A renovation, costing between three and five million dollars, added handicapped access to the ground-level Manhattan-bound platform under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) via the use of a ramp from the Wilson Avenue entrance. The elevated Canarsie-bound platform was not proposed to get ADA access since it would be much more costly to add an elevator up to the Canarsie-bound level.

Station layout

2F Eastbound "L" train toward Rockaway Parkway (Bushwick Avenue–Aberdeen Street)
Side platform
G Westbound "L" train toward Eighth Avenue (Halsey Street)
Side platform Handicapped/disabled access
Street level Station house, entrance/exit, fare control, station agent
Handicapped/disabled access Wheelchair ramp at dead-end of Wilson Avenue east of Moffat Street for northbound trains only
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Street entrance prior to wheelchair ramp implementation and staircase raised by one step.

The station, which was designed by Robert Ridgway and Squire J. Vickers, has some features that are not found elsewhere in the system. It is squeezed in between the Most Holy Trinity Cemetery, to the east, and the New York Connecting Railroad (NYCR) and the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) Bay Ridge Branch, to the west. The two tracks and two side platforms are on different levels, making Wilson Avenue the only station on the Canarsie Line where this occurs. Since the platforms are on different levels, each has a different design. The outbound track sits on a low elevated structure; immediately south of the station, the outbound track passes over Central Avenue before descending into a tunnel toward Bushwick Avenue–Aberdeen Street. The inbound track is immediately below the outbound track, and the station gives the impression of being underground, but it is really at street level.

Wilson Av lower platform vc
The northbound platform

The Rockaway Parkway-bound (upper level) platform has a canopy along the entire length of the platform, supported by a beige concrete retaining wall with curved green supports extending from the wall at regular intervals. A fence runs along the track side of the southbound platform, separating the subway station from the Most Holy Trinity Cemetery, which is visible directly through the fence. The Manhattan-bound (lower level) platform has tiling and name plaques, which is typical for a Canarsie Line underground station. A concrete wall closes off the east side of the lower level. The mosaic band is predominantly green at edges with a vivid multicolored design throughout, 28 colors in all. The trackside wall once had tiles that matched those of the platform, but these tiles were removed sometime after 1982, and the trackside wall is currently the same plain, dark color as a typical New York City Subway tunnel wall.


There is one entrance and exit to the station, which is in a dead-end at the foot of Wilson Avenue, just east of Moffat Street. There are five steps leading up to the station entrance, as well as a wheelchair ramp. The entrance feeds directly onto the northbound platform with stairs to southbound service on the upper level.

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