Beach 44 St-Frank Av is a standard Rockaway Line elevated station. It has two side platforms on the two-track line. The stations exits are to all four sides of Beach 44 Street, accessed via the standard Rockaway Line Station house mezzanine right towards the middle of the platforms.
Rebuilding: The station was completely rebuilt between 2009 and 2011 along with every other stop on the Rockaway el. 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 towards the ends of the platform. To allow this rebuilding to occur Far Rockaway-bound trains skipped the station from September 8, 2009 to January 18, 2010 and Manhattan-bound trains skipped from September 7, 2010 to January 28, 2011.
2013 4 Cars Only Platform Closure: After Superstorm Sandy the line across Jamaica Bay was extensively damaged. Subway service was first restored with a free H train running from Far Rockaway to Beach 90th Street using 4 car trains first of R32s and then R46s. An April 2013 visit found the southern half of the Far Rockaway-bound platform temporarily closed along with the southern staircase down to the station house and exit. Rockaway Park-bound H trains are stopping at the very northern end of the platform instead of the middle. The signage is a Road Closed sign with Road covered in tape. The reason is the platform looks a bit damaged and is being repaired.
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.
The top of R44 #5308 is visible along the elevated line near 44 St-Frank Ave.
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.
R38 #3972 leaves Beach 44 St-Frank Av.
R38 #3972 and a Far Rockaway bound A train leave Beach 44 St-Frank Av.
R38 #3972 fades off around a curve and into the distance after stopping at Beach 44 St-Frank Av
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.
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.
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.
Looking platforms at Beach 44 St-Frank Ave towards their middle within their canopied portion and staircases down to the mezzanine in view.
Looking down the Rockaway-bound platform at Beach 44 St-Frank Av, with the uncanopied end of it clearly in view.
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.
One of the smaller A train service times signs, simply A To Far Rockaway, all times.
Looking down a well warn staircase to the mezzanine level at Beach 44 St-Frank Av.
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.
An interior view of the station house at Beach 44 St-Frank Av, with its electric heater helping to keep it warm.
Streetside of the mezzanine area at Beach 44 St-Frank Av with the MVMs visible.
Looking down towards the extreme western (front) end of the Rockaway Park-bound platform where there is now a no exit sign and an unstaffed exit with an iron maiden with a slot for depositing the extra fare used to exist.
A view of the station entrances and mezzanine structure from street level at Beach 44 St-Frank Av.
Stepping off a Far Rockaway-bound R46 H Shuttle Train that stops at the northern end of the platform
Last Updated: 26 April, 2009
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