By GARY FONVILLE
Forgotten NY correspondent
Due to NYC’s massive subway system, there is bound to be some distinctive features. Among these differences are subway entrances. Subway entrances, something riders rarely think about, can range from ordinary to extraordinary. The differences were dictated by location, construction challenges, what entity built them (IRT, BMT or IND) and architectural esthetics. Odd entrances come to mind: Dyckman Street (A), where the entrance is integrated into an apartment building; 174-175th Street (B, D), where you can enter the station from above or below the platform level; Avenue H (Q), where the entrance looks like a country cabin; or Bushwick-Aberdeen (L), where the station is so small and narrow, it can be very easily missed when passing by. But this station at 59th Street & 4th Avenue in Brooklyn is one that I somehow missed until driving by the other day going to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
Subway entrances are usually on corners, but not this one. It’s literally at the footstep of 6008 4th Avenue. Can you imagine a real estate listing for an apartment in this building saying that it’s “close to public transportation”? That’s really truth in advertising. Wouldn’t you say?
ED. note: there is another pair of entrance/exits for this station in the midblock between 58th and 59th Street.