Despite the sun-soaked platform and the saltwater-scented air, an uneasy breeze blows through the Broad Channel subway station.
An unprecedented Daily News analysis of subway crime and ridership data found that the tiny station — far from teeming Times Square and Grand Central — owned one of the highest crime rates of the system’s 421 stops.
There were 112 felonies and misdemeanors — ranging from assault to resisting arrest — recorded at Broad Channel across a five-year time period, ending in 2013.
With just 224 people swiping into the station on an average day, that works out to 27 crimes per 100,000 trips. A trip is defined as when a rider swipes into a turnstile, and does not include transfers at that station, which the MTA does not calculate.
Seven of the top 10 stations with the highest crime rates are not express or transfer stations, and four are on the Rockaway peninsula.
Broad Channel is a required transfer to the Rockaway shuttle, which goes to the western half of the Rockaway peninsula. The crowds can be both large and rowdy, filling the platforms from edge to wall, said a transit police officer patrolling an A train. Even when taking into account an estimated 2,700 daily transfers at the station, Broad Channel still has one of the highest rates in the system at two incidents per 100,000 trips.