President Street/IRT Nostrand Avenue Subway
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President Street is the first stop on the IRT Nostrand Avenue Subway, the IRT's feeble and relatively short attempt to serve the neighborhoods of Southern Brooklyn. Just north of the station at the Rodgers Avenue Junction where this two track branch line curves off of local tracks of the four tracked the Eastern Parkway Subway, the stacked Eastern Parkway Subway has the local tracks at the southern side of the line. This means that 5 trains trying to reach the Nostrand Avenue Subway have to be switched onto the local tracks briefly before they continue switching again to curve south. Courtesy of the fact that President Street is only two blocks south of Nostrand Avenue/Eastern Parkway on the 3, this station is fairly deep and has an unusual design for an IRT local stop.

The station itself has a single island platform for the two-tracked line, and is quite deep below the surface. From street level the subway is accessed by two street stairs at the SE and SW corners of Nostrand Avenue and President Street. These staircases lead down to a small upper mezzanine area where fare control is as well as a waiting bench, and beeper to indicate when the next train is coming. There is a single full-length staircase that leads down to an intermediate landing level where another staircase continues down to the island platform. In addition an escalator of decent length goes directly from the island platform to the upper mezzanine where fare control is. This escalator is always in the up direction. This exit area is towards the northern end of the station's platform. The platform has much wider I-beam columns along the edges of both tracks, these are painted a light blue color. Towards the top of the platform walls there is a standard dual-contracts trim line that is mostly brown with Ps within the trim line at regular intervals to indicate President. Towards the southern end of the platform, where it was extended to accommodate longer trains, 1950s style larger refrigerator-block style tiling has been added along the platform walls, with President Street written in white with a blue background towards the middle of it.

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(presidentn21) Looking down the long and narrow island platform at President Street.
14 October, 2005
(presidentn22) A mosaic 'P' in the trim above the tracks at President Street.
14 October, 2005
(presidentn23) Looking down the narrow platform at President Street with the escalator up to the upper mezzanine where fare control is visible.
14 October, 2005
(presidentn24) One of the two street-level staircases down to President Street, this entrance only has a sign on one half of it.
29 June, 2009
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(presidentn25) The other street level entrance to President Street, it looks more typical.
29 June, 2009
(presidentn26) Approaching the token booth and turnstiles in the small portion of the mezzanine outside of fare control at President Street.
29 June, 2009
(presidentn27) Just after passing through the turnstiles at President Street on the small upper mezzanine level, The end of the escalator up from the platform is visible as well as the staircase down to it.
29 June, 2009
(presidentn28) The top of the wide escalator at President Street that is always going in the 'up' direction.
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(presidentn29) Looking up to the mezzanine and fare control area at President Street from the series of three short separate staircases that lead down from the mezzanine level to the island platform that is about four stories beneath the street.
29 June, 2009
(presidentn210) The sign at the bottom of the series of staircases down to the platform at President Street telling passengers what side of the platform for which direction of travel.
29 June, 2009
(presidentn211) An extra-wide blue I-beam platform column at President Street, on it is a sign about the arrival of the 5 train's extension into Brooklyn during Weekday Middays in addition to rush hours. This is its first day of service.
29 June, 2009
(presidentn212) Looking down the island platform at President Street, towards its northern end.
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(presidentn213) The only staircase up to the station's exit at President Street, viewed from the platform.
29 June, 2009
(presidentn214) The Manhattan & The Bronx 2/5 service times sign, for 2 (via local in Brooklyn & 7 Av Express in Manhattan), 5 (via Lexington Avenue Express, weekdays & evenings, other times take 4 at Franklin Av). There is no mention of the trains terminals in the Bronx.
29 June, 2009
(presidentn215) The sign on the Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College side of the platform at President Street, take either train.
29 June, 2009
(presidentn216) Looking down one of the tracks of the single island platform at President Street.
29 June, 2009
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