Queensboro Plaza (New York City Subway)

Queensboro Plaza (New York City Subway)

Infobox NYCS
name=Queensboro Plaza
bg_color = #870061
font_color_2 = black
bg_color_2 = #FFC800

line = BMT Astoria Line
line_2 = IRT Flushing Line
platforms = 2 island platforms (one on each of two levels)
tracks = 4 (two on each of two levels)
open_date = February 1, 1917 (Astoria)
November 16, 1916 (Flushing)

north_custom_station=NYCS next|type=Astoria local|station=39th Avenue|line=BMT Astoria Line|service=Astoria local
NYCS next|type=Astoria express|station=Astoria Boulevard|line=BMT Astoria Line|service=Astoria express
north_custom_station_2=NYCS next|type=Flushing local|station=33rd Street–Rawson Street|line=IRT Flushing Line|service=Flushing local
NYCS next|type=Flushing express|station=Woodside–61st Street|line=IRT Flushing Line|service=Flushing express
south_custom_station=NYCS next|type=Broadway|station=Lexington Avenue/59th Street|line=BMT Broadway Line|service=Astoria
south_custom_station_2=NYCS next|type=Flushing|station=45th Road–Court House Square|line=IRT Flushing Line|service=Flushing

Queensboro Plaza is an elevated New York City Subway station over Queens Plaza in Long Island City, at the east (Queens) end of the Queensboro Bridge, with Queens Boulevard running east from the plaza. It is currently over only the south (railroad east) side of the roadway, but used to span the whole plaza. The current configuration is a double-decked station, with trains running into Queens on the upper level and Manhattan-bound trains below. The BMT Astoria Line (which to the south joins with the 60th Street Tunnel Connection and heads through the 60th Street Tunnel to the BMT Broadway Line) uses the two tracks west (compass north) of the platforms and the IRT Flushing Line uses the east two tracks.

The mezzanine is located below the lower level (and formerly connected to the torn-down BMT platforms to the west); there is a concrete ramp across Queens Plaza North to the second floor of a building. The station is currently being renovated by NYCTA employees (as opposed to an outside contractor). A computer assisted tower is being installed on the south end. (A traditional tower is already present, but will be renovated with new machinery.)

The station is wheelchair accessible for cross-platform (same direction) transfers only.

The station is near the Queens Plaza underground subway station, though the two stations are separate and do not allow free transfers.


In the original configuration, the IRT used both sides of the current platforms, and the BMT used now-demolished platforms west (compass north) of the current platforms, also double-decked. The east side of the IRT platforms were used by the Flushing Line, as today; the west side was used by Astoria trains, but instead of going through the 60th Street Tunnel, they went over the Queensboro Bridge to the elevated IRT Second Avenue Line. Double crossovers south (lower tracks) and north (upper tracks) of the platform allowed trains from either side to switch to the other line after leaving the station.

At the BMT half, the south track served subway trains to Manhattan and the BMT Broadway Line. Trains came from Manhattan on the upper level, continued north to a merge with the lower level, and then returned via the lower level. This configuration was in place by 1924; before that trains reversed direction using a double crossover south of the platforms. Until 1949, the Astoria and Flushing Lines hosted both IRT and BMT service. Since the platforms were IRT-size, the BMT used its own elevated cars to provide service on the lines, with a required transfer at Queensboro Plaza. Shuttles from Astoria came in on the west side lower track and then reversed direction to head to Flushing; Flushing trains came in on the upper track and reversed direction towards Astoria.

During the early period of dual service on the Astoria and Flushing portions, IRT and BMT trains had their own stopping marks on the platforms and the sections of the platforms were separated. Passengers had separate entrances at the platform depending on which service they wanted. This set-up prevented free transfers between the lines of the two companies. This arrangement had to end when the IRT increased the number of cars for the subway line stopping there. The two companies worked out an agreement in which the revenues collected on those stations were shared.

In 1949, the IRT started using the Flushing Line only, and the Astoria Line platforms were shaved back for through BMT service. New connections were built between the 60th Street Tunnel approach and the west tracks at the east (former IRT) platforms (the Second Avenue Elevated Line had closed in 1942), and the west (former BMT) platforms were closed.

Today the Queensboro Plaza station enjoys the distinction of being the only station in the entire New York Subway system where one enjoys cross-platform transfers between A Division and B Division trains.

Bus connections

*B61, Q32, Q39, Q60, Q67, Q69, Q100, Q101, and Q102

Popular culture

Queensboro Plaza is featured in a defining moment in the film Beneath the Planet of the Apes. The protagonist of the film is an astronaut who has been sent into the far future. He unknowingly enters the ruins of a subterranean subway station; upon seeing the words "Queensboro Plaza" in tiles, he realizes that he is indeed on Earth and not another planet, and that New York City has been destroyed in a nuclear war. In reality, Queensboro Plaza is an elevated station and thus has no tilework.Fact|date=February 2007

The station also features in the Seinfeld episode entitled The Cigar Store Indian as the location of a renowned gyro stall and erroneously places the station underground as well.

External links

*NYCS ref|http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/stations?196:2615|IRT Flushing Line|Queensborough Plaza
*BMT-Lines.com — [http://www.bmt-lines.com/astoria.html Astoria and Flushing Lines]

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