Beach 105 Street-Seaside
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Beach 105 St-Seaside is the grand loser, of all subway stations, the station has the lowest ridership of any in the subway system that is open 24/7/365. It's number 421 with only 86,444 riders using the station for the entirety 2008, for comparisons sake, #418, the previous station Beach 98 Street had almost triple that total at 232,945 (there 422 separately counted subway stations, the only one worse is Aqueduct Racetrack, open only for uptown trains on racing days). (Source) To put that tiny total into perspective, $1.74 is the price of a subway ride when you buy a MetroCard with more than $7, meaning that an estimate of the revenue generated could be $149,716. The average salary of a Station Agent, according to various sources I found is $51,000, the amount of fares collected aren't even enough to cover the cost of staffing the station, much less actually operating the trains to it. When I was photographing the station the agent was quite loudly (I could hear her in the entire station house) talking on the phone, and I have a feeling it wasn't about any related to her job. The station's name Seaside doesn't give the station the aroma of the sea, the platform more smells like sewage courtesy of the Rockaway Wastewater treatment plant adjacent to the Rockaway Park-bound platform. There are some high rises though (surrounded by quite full parking lots) to the otherside of the station that seems to be the only thing that would provide subway passengers in the area. There is a bit of a view of the sea from the station affirming Seaside in the station's name.

The station itself is the typical Rockaway Line Station on its unique concrete elevated structure, but probably gets the award for being in the worst condition out of them all. It could definitely get a paint job, there is lots of paint peeling in the station, I also wouldn't want to be there in the rain, many sections of the rotting wooden roofs have giant holes over the platforms canopies. There are two side platforms each with two staircases down to a large enclosed by doors mezzanine area station house, where the token booth is adjacent to the turnstiles (only one staircase though seems to be open for passengers, one up to each platform seems to be permanently closed, one sign though says will reopen Nov 10, but there's no year, and the sign has the old MTA logo, so I think many Nov 10ths have passed with the staircase closed). The station house has the standard benches and electric heaters to keep people warm in winter as they wait for the train. The platforms are extra long, designed to fit ten 85-foot LIRR trains. The exits are a staircase down to Rockaway Freeway at varies places along the street that was built underneath the railroad when it was raised from the street to an elevated structure. Two of these staircases down to the street seem to have been abandoned and are fenced off with no sign of them ever reopening.

Rebuilding: The station was completely rebuilt between 2009 and 2011 along with every other elevated stop on in the Rockaways. The signs for funding the rebuilding say 'improvements for 200 daily customers' (an extremely low number since the station has the lowest ridership in the subway system). This rebuilding included replacing the original windscreens with green and cream full-height ones beneath the platform canopies and unfortunately replacing the original low fences with modern full-height mesh windscreens at the ends of the platforms. To allow this rebuilding to occur Manhattan-bound trains skipped from September 14, 2009 to January 25, 2010 and Rockaway Park-bound trains skipped from September 7, 2010 to December 22, 2011.

Closed from October 28, 2012 to May 30, 2013 due to Superstorm Sandy: The station was one of three stations that recieved no train service after Superstorm Sandy for 7 months because the temperary H train Shuttle that ran only from Beach 90 Street to Far Rockaway. The Rockaway Park Yard was flooded and its signaling system too damaged to run regular revenue shuttle service.

Art For Transit at Beach 105 Street

Arts For Transit at Beach 105 Street-Seaside

Vast, 2010
By Callie Hirsch

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To one side of the elevated near Beach 44 St-Frank Av, is just empty land between the subway and the ocean, houses are to the otherside.
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The top of R44 #5308 is visible along the elevated line near 44 St-Frank Ave.
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A side view of a network of four staircases at Beach 44 St-Frank Av. One set leads up from street level to the station house, the other up to the platforms.
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R38 #3972 leaves Beach 44 St-Frank Av.
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R38 #3972 and a Far Rockaway bound A train leave Beach 44 St-Frank Av.
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R38 #3972 fades off around a curve and into the distance after stopping at Beach 44 St-Frank Av
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Houses off in the distance north of the Beach 44 St-Frank Av station, beyond that across a channel in Jamaica Bay is JFK Airport.
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Looking south of a Beach 44 St-Frank Av Station Sign, the landscape is barren, just some rare empty land in NYC before the boardwalk, the beach, and the Atlantic Ocean.
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A Beach 44 St-Frank Av Station sign with a community of low-lying houses to the north of the station, one of Kennedy Airport's towers is also clearly visible.
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Looking platforms at Beach 44 St-Frank Ave towards their middle within their canopied portion and staircases down to the mezzanine in view.
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Looking down the Rockaway-bound platform at Beach 44 St-Frank Av, with the uncanopied end of it clearly in view.
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R44 #5324 beginning its long run to Manhattan begins to enter Beach 44 St-Frank Av, most of its windows have been rapped in ads for Coca-Cola, this was mostly an anti-vandalism reason to block less light from getting through the windows, seems a bit dangerous to me.
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One of the smaller A train service times signs, simply A To Far Rockaway, all times.
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Looking down a well warn staircase to the mezzanine level at Beach 44 St-Frank Av.
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The area at the bottom of the staircases down form the Rockaway-bound platform, about to turn and enter the doors into the station house with fare control at Beach 44 St-Frank Av.
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An interior view of the station house at Beach 44 St-Frank Av, with its electric heater helping to keep it warm.
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The front (eastern) end of the Broad Channel-bound platform at 105 St-Seaside, there is just a simple, old fashioned, probably not ADA compliant fence along the platform.
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A portion of the wooden roof of the canopy is completely gone exposing the sun at 105 St-Seaside, I wouldn't want to go there in the rain.
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Spikes have been put on some of the signs in the middle of the platform near its staircases to prevent shore birds from roosting at 105 St-Seaside
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The times of service sign for the still blue S to Broad Channel for connection with A, and the A specials that begin and enter service (running light from the 207 Street yard) at 59 Street, going there in the AM rush hours only.
29 December, 2008
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