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Do You Remember Dean Street Station?


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I'm not sure how many may remember, but Dean Street was a station on the (S) Franklin Avenue Shuttle. It was located between Franklin Avenue and Park Place. Dean Street's final day of operation was September 10, 1995.

 

New York Times Article September 11, 1995: http://www.nytimes.com/1995/09/11/nyregion/a-subway-station-is-shuttered-the-first-in-33-years.html

 

My favorite Dean Street Photos at nycsubway.org (Credit to those who took and own these beautiful photos):

 

Dean Street in the Spring of 1970: R42s

http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?5448

 

Dean Street in the Spring of 1973: R38s

http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?5005

 

Dean Street in the Summer of 1982: R30s

http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?45305

 

Dean Street today: R68s

http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?95048

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The station was one of the last stations to have wooden platforms. Not just that the wood was falling apart and there were holes on the wooden platforms. There were concrete sections that were crumbling and the roof was falling apart. The station was too close to two other stations, and not just that there were fare beaters that would jump the turnstiles. The station had the lowest amount of tokens collected and cards swiped and was an embarrassment to the (MTA). Therefore the (MTA) shut it down.

 

http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/stations?213:213160

 

img_45305.jpg

 

Dean Street in 1982.

 

img_95048.jpg

 

The site of the former Dean Street station in 2009.

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The station was one of the last stations to have wooden platforms. Not just that the wood was falling apart and there were holes on the wooden platforms.

 

This was the absolute Last station in the eniter NYC Subway to have wooden platforms since Park Place has the section with wooden platforms sealed off in 1994. (Around that time the Franklin Line had to give it up it's 4 car R32 train since the platforms were becoming shorter on the Shuttle. Two-Car R68s came in 1995-98.) In 1997, the last offical wooden platform station in the MTA System was rebuilt. That was Prince's Bay on the Staten Island Railway.

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