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39th Avenue station (BMT Astoria Line)

 39 Avenue–Dutch Kills
 "N" train"W" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Reopening of the 39 Av-Dutch Kills station on the Astoria Line (32000673977).jpg
Station statistics
Address39th Avenue & 31st Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
LocaleLong Island City
Coordinates40°45′10″N 73°55′59″W / 40.752686°N 73.932924°W / 40.752686; -73.932924
DivisionB (BMT)
LineBMT Astoria Line
Services      N all times (all times)
      W weekdays (weekdays)
Transit connectionsBus transport MTA Bus: Q102
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks3 (2 in regular service)
Other information
OpenedFebruary 1, 1917; 102 years ago (1917-02-01)
ClosedJuly 2, 2018; 17 months ago (2018-07-02) (reconstruction)
RebuiltJanuary 28, 2019; 10 months ago (2019-01-28)
Station code006[1]
Former/other names39th Avenue–Beebe Avenue, 39th Avenue
Passengers (2018)665,750[2]Decrease 32%
Rank390 out of 424
Station succession
Next north36th Avenue: N all timesW weekdays
Next southQueensboro Plaza: N all timesW weekdays

39th Avenue (signed on platforms as 39th Avenue–Dutch Kills and formerly known as 39th Avenue–Beebe Avenue) is a local station on the BMT Astoria Line of the New York City Subway. Located at 39th Avenue and 31st Street in Long Island City, Queens, the station is served by the N train at all times, as well as by the W train on weekdays.


This station opened on February 1, 1917, along with the rest of the Astoria Line, which was originally part of the IRT, as a spur off the IRT Queensboro Line, now the IRT Flushing Line. Trains ran between Grand Central and Astoria.[3][4] On July 23, 1917, the Queensboro Bridge spur of the elevated IRT Second Avenue Line opened. At that time, all elevated trains to Queensboro Plaza used the Astoria Line while all subway trains used the Corona Line, though this was later changed with trains alternating between branches.[4][5] This station started to be served by BMT shuttles using elevated cars on April 8, 1923.[6]

On October 17, 1949, the Astoria Line became BMT-only as the tracks at Queensboro Plaza were consolidated and the platforms on the Astoria Line were shaved back to allow through BMT trains to operate on it. Service was initially provided by the Brighton Local (BMT 1) weekdays & Broadway - Fourth Avenue Local (BMT 2) at all times.[7]

Station renovations

The platforms at this station, along with six others on the Astoria Line, were lengthened to 610 feet (190 m) to accommodate ten-car trains in 1950.[8]:23 The project cost $863,000. Signals on the line had to be modified to take into account the platform extensions.[9]:633, 729

Under the 2015–2019 MTA Capital Plan, the station underwent a complete overhaul as part of the Enhanced Station Initiative and was entirely closed for several months. Updates included cellular service, Wi-Fi, USB charging stations, interactive service advisories and maps.[10][11] The award for Package 2 of the renovations, which will cover renovations at the 30th Avenue, Broadway, 36th Avenue, and 39th Avenue stations, was awarded on April 14, 2017, to Skanska USA.[12] This station, along with Broadway, closed entirely from July 2, 2018 and reopened on January 28, 2019.[13][14][15] New station signage saying "39th Avenue–Dutch Kills" was installed after the Dutch Kills Civic Association requested it. Trains and subway maps still use the old "39th Avenue" name.[16][17]

Station layout

Track layout
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound local "N" train toward 86th Street–Gravesend (Queensboro Plaza)
"W" train toward Whitehall Street–South Ferry weekdays (Queensboro Plaza)
Peak-direction express No regular service
Northbound local "N" train ("W" train weekdays) toward Astoria–Ditmars Boulevard (36th Avenue)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine To entrances/exits, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
G Street level Entrances/exits

This elevated station has three tracks and two side platforms. The center track is not used in revenue service, but it had been used regularly as recently as 2002. The center track merges with the two outer tracks south of this station.[18]

Both platforms have beige windscreens that run along their lengths and red canopies with green support columns in the center. The station signs are in the standard black name plate in white lettering.


This station has one elevated station house beneath the center of the platforms and tracks. Two staircases from each platform go down to a crossunder that has a news-stand and small turnstile bank. Outside fare control, there is a token booth and two staircases going down to the northwest and southeast corners of 39th Avenue and 31st Street. The lower base of the platform staircases have emergency gates leading directly to the top of the street stairs.[19]


  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  3. ^ "First Train Runs On Elevated Line to Astoria Section". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. February 1, 1917. Retrieved June 29, 2015 – via
  4. ^ a b Annual report. 1916-1917. New York: Interborough Rapid Transit Company. 1917.
  5. ^ "Subway Link Over Queensboro Bridge". The New York Times. July 22, 1917. p. 31. Retrieved December 18, 2011.
  6. ^ "Additional Subway Service to Borough of Queens". The New York Times. April 8, 1923. p. RE1. Retrieved December 18, 2011.
  7. ^ "Direct Subway Runs to Flushing, Astoria". The New York Times. October 15, 1949. p. 17. Retrieved December 18, 2011.
  8. ^ Association, General Contractors (1950). Bulletin.
  9. ^ Transportation, New York (N Y. ) Board of (1950). Proceedings ...
  10. ^ "MTA Will Completely Close 30 Subway Stations For Months-Long "Revamp"". Gothamist. Archived from the original on August 1, 2016. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  11. ^ "MTAStations" (PDF). Government of the State of New York. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  12. ^ "Capital Program Oversight Committee Meeting" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. April 2017. p. 17. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  13. ^ "Broadway & 39 Av NW Stations to Undergo Extensive Repairs & Renovations". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. June 8, 2018. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  14. ^ "Broadway and 39 Av stations will temporarily close for extensive renovation All times beginning 5 AM, July 2, until February 2019". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. June 2018. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  15. ^ "Planned Service Changes for: Monday, January 28, 2019". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Archived from the original on January 28, 2019. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  16. ^ Goff, Liz (January 9, 2019). "39th Ave. Train Station To Be Co-Named 'Dutch Kills'". Queens Gazette. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  17. ^ "A Long Island City train station receives a brand-new name". January 2, 2019. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  18. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  19. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Long Island City" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved September 27, 2015.

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