Sterling Street (IRT Nostrand Avenue Line)

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 Sterling Street
 "2" train"5" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway rapid transit station
Subway entrance sterling snow 20131214.jpg
Western entrance to the station
Station statistics
Address Sterling Street & Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Prospect Lefferts Gardens
Coordinates 40°39′47″N 73°57′03″W / 40.663061°N 73.950863°W / 40.663061; -73.950863Coordinates: 40°39′47″N 73°57′03″W / 40.663061°N 73.950863°W / 40.663061; -73.950863
Division A (IRT)
Line IRT Nostrand Avenue Line
Services       2 all times (all times)
      5 weekdays only (weekdays only)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: B43, B44, B44 SBS
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened August 23, 1920; 98 years ago (August 23, 1920)
Station code 354[1]
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
Passengers (2017) 1,787,994[3]Decrease 1%
Rank 266 out of 425
Station succession
Next north President Street: 2 all times5 weekdays only
Next south Winthrop Street: 2 all times5 weekdays only

Sterling Street is a station on the IRT Nostrand Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn at the intersection of Sterling Street and Nostrand Avenue, the station is served by the 2 train at all times and the 5 train on weekdays.


Track layout

The Dual Contracts, which were signed on March 19, 1913, were contracts for the construction and/or rehabilitation and operation of rapid transit lines in the City of New York.The Dual Contracts promised the construction of several lines in Brooklyn. As part of Contract 4, the IRT agreed to build a subway line along Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn.[4][5][6] The construction of the subway along Nostrand Avenue spurred real estate development in the surrounding areas.[7] The Nostrand Avenue Line opened on August 23, 1920, and the Sterling Street station opened along with it.[8]

The platforms at Sterling Street were lengthened during the 1950s to 510 feet so that the platforms could accommodate 10-car trains.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound "2" train toward Wakefield–241st Street, "5" train toward Dyre Avenue (weekdays until 8:45 PM), Nereid Avenue (PM rush) (President Street)
Southbound "2" train "5" train(weekdays) toward Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College (Winthrop Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Platform level

The underground station has two tracks and two side platforms. The platforms have original 1920s Dual Contracts era tiling. The name tablets have "STERLING ST." in white letters on a brown background with a blue and brown border. The tile's trim line consists of light brown coloring with a border composed of a mix of dark blue and brown coloring. An intermediate line of green runs between these two borders.

The platforms are offset at the north end, where they were extended in the 1950s and tiling from that time period was installed. The name tablets here run at regular intervals and have "STERLING STREET" in white letters on a brown background. Both platforms and the mezzanine have light blue I-beam columns at regular intervals. The mezzanine walls have four different large frames of drawings and paintings. It is not known who the author or what the name of this artwork is.

This is the only other station with two side platforms on the IRT Nostrand Avenue Line that allows a free transfer between directions[9] (besides Flatbush Avenue, which uses a U-shaped set of side platforms). All stations to the south, including Flatbush Avenue, have their fare control areas on platform level.


The station's only entrance/exit is a small mezzanine above the platforms towards the northern end. Inside fare control, it has two staircases going down to each platform, a newsstand, and a turnstile bank. Outside fare control, it has token booth and two street staircases leading up to both northern corners of Nostrand Avenue and Sterling Street.[9]

Exit location[9] Exit type Number of exits Platform served
NW corner of Nostrand Avenue and Sterling Street Staircase 1 Both
NE corner of Nostrand Avenue and Sterling Street Staircase 1 Both


  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2012–2017". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  4. ^ "Terms and Conditions of Dual System Contracts". Retrieved February 16, 2015.
  5. ^ "The Dual System of Rapid Transit (1912)".
  6. ^ "Most Recent Map of the Dual Subway System WhIch Shows How Brooklyn Borough Is Favored In New Transit Lines". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. September 9, 1917. Retrieved August 23, 2016 – via Brooklyn Newspapers.
  7. ^ "Big Eastern Parkway Deal". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. July 1, 1915. Retrieved August 23, 2016 – via Brooklyn Newspapers.
  8. ^ "Brooklyn Tube Extensions Open: I.R.T. Begins Service on Eastern Parkway and Nostrand Avenue Lines" (PDF). New York Times. August 23, 1920. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  9. ^ a b c "NYC DOT Maps: Sterling St (2)(5)" (PDF). New York City Department of Transportation. 2016. Retrieved July 5, 2016.

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