The station has two tracks and two narrow side platforms. They are columnless and have a blue trim line with "GRAND ST" in white arial font on it at regular intervals.
The only mezzanine at the center of the station has two staircases to each platform, a turnstile bank, token booth, and three staircases going up to the intersection of Grand and Chrystie Streets. The station originally had two street stairs to the east side of Chrystie Street. The third staircase on the west side was added in the late 1990s to alleviate overcrowding in the station. If the Second Avenue Subway is built in Lower Manhattan, the new station would be built below the current one, providing a transfer point.
Artwork called Trains of Thought Artwork by Andrea Gardner and Sally Heller was installed at the mezzanine and platforms in the late 1990s as the "Creative Stations" program sponsored by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. It features red clay models of R62s mounted on wood.
On the Brooklyn-bound side, there is a small sign reading "Change Radio Channel to B1", indicating that train operators must change the channel on the route destination box from B2 (IND) to B1 (BMT) before... Read More