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Wilson Avenue could easily win the award for most unusual subway stations. The two tracks for the station are stacked. The Canarsie-bound track is above the Manhattan-bound track. The Manhattan-bound track rests on ground level. This means that the Manhattan-bound station feels like, and has the design of an underground station, with a fully tiled platform wall, and one the most colorful Squire Vickers dual-contracts designs. In the station, most of the colors of the rainbow are used on the station name tablets and in the trim line that has W's at various intervals.

The upper-level Canarsie-bound platform is an elevated station that has seen better days. The station has a full-length concrete wall for a windscreen that has the platform's roof cantilevered off from it, this means the platform is free from any columns because of the canopy, except for the skeletal-looking pieces of steel that are helping to hold up the station's roof. This platform beyond a very high fence that's alongside the single track has a very nice view of the gravestones of Most Holy Trinity cemetery. This leaves us to the reason the station has such an unusual design. It had to be built in such a strange way to squeeze it between the New York Connecting Railway (that is between the station and the street), and this cemetery.

The station's only exit is from a passageway that cuts directly out from between the middle and eastern (back) end of the Manhattan-bound platform. This passageway immediately connects to two staircases that lead up in opposite directions to the Canarsie-bound platform, and continues for a bit of a distance, beneath the tracks of the NY Connecting Railway, to a small, slightly wider area where fare control is and than out to street level through a set of three doors.

The station's only entrance is raised about four steps above the ground, although if these steps were made into a ramp the Manhattan-bound platform would probably be completely accessible. From 2016 through 2018, this happened, the station underwent a renovation, including to a headhouse with passengers now having the option of going up five steps or a new ADA accessible ramp, that provides step-free, ADA accessible access to the Manhattan-bound platform, adding an elevator for continued access upstairs to the Brooklyn-bound outdoor platform didn't happen, this was seen as too costly. So this station is accessible for service in one direction only.
Photo 1-4: January 1, 2005; 5 & 6: December 2, 2005; 7-30: June 30, 2009; 31 November 16, 2011 (at the Transit Museum)

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