Grand Army Plaza (IRT Eastern Parkway Line)


Grand Army Plaza (IRT Eastern Parkway Line)

Infobox NYCS
name = Grand Army Plaza



image_caption = "Wings for the IRT: The Irresistible Romance of Travel" artwork on the mezzanine level of the station
bg_color = #E20F00
line = IRT Eastern Parkway Line
service = Eastern west local
platforms = 1 island platform
tracks = 6 (2 local on upper level, 2 express and 2 from BMT Brighton Line on lower level)
open_date = August 23, 1920
north_station = Bergen Street
north_line = IRT Eastern Parkway Line
north_service = Eastern west local
south_station = Eastern Parkway–Brooklyn Museum
south_line = IRT Eastern Parkway Line
south_service = Eastern west local

Grand Army Plaza is a station on the IRT Eastern Parkway Line of the New York City Subway, It is located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, underneath Flatbush Avenue at its northwest intersection with Grand Army Plaza. The station is close to Prospect Park, and is thus identified as Grand Army Plaza–Prospect Park in 2 and 3 service timetables. [ [http://www.mta.info/nyct/service/pdf/t2cur.pdf 2 Train Timetable] , page 9. Accessed June 17, 2007] [ [http://www.mta.info/nyct/service/pdf/t3cur.pdf 3 Train Timetable] , page 9. Accessed June 17, 2007]

The station has a single wide island platform, under which the two-track BMT Brighton Line passes. The two express tracks of the Eastern Parkway Line straddle the Brighton Line, underneath the local tracks. This six-track subway was built from 1914 to 1920 as part of the Dual Contracts.

The only mosaic in the Grand Army Plaza station is a small "P".Fact|date=April 2007 A permanent art installation in the station's entrances and mezzanine entitled "Wings for the IRT: The Irresistible Romance of Travel" was created in 1995 by [http://www.janegreengold.com/ Jane Greengold] , who used the station regularly when she lived in Park Slope. The bronze and terra cotta pieces of art are modeled on the original Interborough Rapid Transit Company logo, and references the Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Arch in the plaza above with its Winged Victories. The MTA's Arts for Transit program held an opening ceremony for the artwork on June 19, 1997. [MTA - Arts for Transit: [http://www.mta.info/mta/aft/permanentart/permart.html?agency=nyct&line=3&artist=1&station=14 Grand Army Plaza] , accessed April 20, 2007] [MTA Headquarters Press Release, [http://www.mta.info/mta/news/releases/?en=970619 MTA Installs Art In Grand Army Plaza Station] , June 19, 1997, accessed April 20, 2007]

The construction of the station and tunnels resulted in the removal of Frederic W. Darlington's 1897 Electric Fountaincite BDE|title=Our Newest Electric Toy|md=August 8|y=1897|page=13] from the center of Grand Army Plaza, which was dug up for the cut-and-cover construction and replaced with a grass oval. Construction began on a new fountain, known as the Bailey Fountain, in 1928, and it was completed in 1932. [New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, [http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_your_park/historical_signs/hs_historical_sign.php?id=11874 Grand Army Plaza] , accessed April 20, 2007]

Bus transfers

Transfers can be made to the B41, B69, and B71 bus routes. The B41 and B69 are the successors to two streetcar lines that ran around Grand Army Plaza, while the B71's predecessor turned south from Union Street onto Prospect Park West to Windsor Terrace.

References

External links

*www.nycsubway.org:
** [http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/stations?215:1486 Brooklyn IRT: Grand Army Plaza]
** [http://www.nycsubway.org/lines/irt-brooklyn-map2.html Brooklyn IRT: Map 2, Brooklyn IRT Dual Contracts] (includes current and former track configurations, and provisions for future connections)
*Station Reporter — [http://www.stationreporter.net/2train.htm 2 Train]
*Station Reporter — [http://www.stationreporter.net/3train.htm 3 Train]


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