Beach 67 St-Gaston 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 67 Street, accessed via the standard Rockaway Line Station house mezzanine that leads out to pairs of staircases up to each platform, rights towards there middles. This is also where the canopied portions of the platform are. For some reason some portions of the platform without canopies got the windscreen treatment. There is also a closed exit to Beach 69 Street at that end of the station from the Far Rockaway-bound platform; the staircase down to street level looks intact like it could still be open.
Rebuilding and Arvene By The Sea: The station was completely rebuilt between 2009 and 2011 along with every other stop on the Rockaway el. 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. 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. The exit only staircase from the Far Rockaway-bound platform was rebuilt and looks like it may reopen. As part of the station's rebuilding the all the signage was changed. Gaston was removed as the second station name and Arvene By The Sea has replaced it in a smaller font beneat the Beach 67 Street signs. This is the only stop to lose its original name during the reconstruciton, the rest of the stations have retained their mostly location based former names when this was the Long Island Railroad. The reason is for new Transit Oriented Development (there is tons of vacant land around many of the subway stations in the Rockaways, this is the only subway stop where this really would apply in the sense of applying it to newer, western transit systems) that is slowly being built around the station with new townhouse homes.
Looking across Beach 69 Street along Rockaway Freeway underneath the elevated line, the staircase that used to lead down from the Far Rockaway-bound platform at its secondary exit only exit is still there.
A staircase down from the mezzanine to street level at Beach 67 Street
A Beach 67 Street Station entrance staircase up from the Rockaway Freeway.
Looking down the side platform at Beach 67 Street has a Manhattan-bound R44 A train closes its doors at the station.
A Manhattan-bound R44 A train begins leaving Beach 67 Street.
A Manhattan-bound R44 A train has almost finished leaving Beach 67 Street.
Looking down the side platforms at Beach 67 Street, notice how there almost fully surrounded by canopied areas.
The eastern end of the Far Rockaway-bound platform at Beach 67 Street is not canopied, offering views of the Atlantic Ocean off in the distance.
Looking down the Manhattan-bound platform at Beach 67 Street-Gaston, towards the staircases down to the mezzanine and fare control. The secondary windscreen portion of the Rockaway-bound platform for the closed exit is way off in the distance
A Beach 67 St-Gaston platform sign on the platform windscreen.
The two staircases down from the Manhattan-bound platform to the mezzanine level and station house at Beach 67 St-Gaston.
Pidgeons along the platform at Beach 67 St-Gaston
The western ends of the platform at Beach 67 St-Gaston are the typical low black fenced island platforms, completely exposed to the elements that only exist at Rockaway Line Stations.
The Gaston strip map, a trash can and a station sign, right near the staircases down to the mezzanine level.
A close up of the Gaston Station strip map on a pillar of the platform.
Looking down a staircase to the mezzanine area at Beach 67 St-Gaston.
The bottom of one of the staircases up to the Beach 67 St-Gaston Station platform, it is canopied because its not directly underneath the elevated line and shouldn't be exposed to the elements.
The two staircases up one of the platforms from the mezzanine obviously protrude out of the station house at Beach 67 St-Gaston
Getting a bit farther away from the Beach 67 St station, the station entrance staircases, mezzanine tucked underneath the concrete elevated structure are clearly visible.
A side view of the staircase down from the now closed exit that formerly led to 69 Street at 67 Street.
Last Updated: 30 May, 2009
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