Oscar Grant was shot here.
Outside this station on Tuesdays and Thursdays there are lots of vendor stalls selling fresh produce, music, handicrafts, and there is even a tiny little taco truck where you can get tacos and burritos. Hay jugo de naranja y zanahoria tambien. It can help to know a little Spanish. Or Chinese.
As with any BART station, bike theft is rampant. There is no inside bicycle parking here, only an outside area near the AC Transit stops on E 12th. If you park your bike here, you should maintain line-of-sight. It would be a really bad idea to park your bike here and then hop on a train.
There are painted tile mosaics on the walls of the ground floor of the station.