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Astoria–Ditmars Boulevard station

 Astoria–Ditmars Blvd
 "N" train"W" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Astoria - Ditmars Boulevard - Platform.jpg
Station statistics
Address23rd Avenue, Ditmars Boulevard and 31st Street
Astoria, NY 11105
BoroughQueens
LocaleAstoria
Coordinates40°46′34″N 73°54′39″W / 40.776089°N 73.910737°W / 40.776089; -73.910737
DivisionB (BMT)
LineBMT Astoria Line
Services      N all times (all times)
      W weekdays only (weekdays only)
Transit connectionsBus transport MTA Bus: Q69, Q100 (at 20th Avenue)
StructureElevated
Platforms1 island platform
Tracks2
Other information
OpenedFebruary 1, 1917; 102 years ago (1917-02-01)
Station code001[1]
Traffic
Passengers (2018)4,543,854[2]Decrease 9.7%
Rank102 out of 424
Station succession
Next north(Terminal): N all timesW weekdays only
Next southAstoria Boulevard: ZZZtemporarily closed for construction
30th Avenue: N all timesW weekdays only
Queensboro Plaza (express): no regular service

Astoria–Ditmars Boulevard is the northern terminal station on the BMT Astoria Line of the New York City Subway. Located above 31st Street between 23rd Avenue and Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria, Queens, it is the northern terminal of the N train at all times, as well as by the W train on weekdays.

History

Stairs on 31st Street. The Q train served this station from 2010 to 2016.

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] Dignitaries from the first ride included President of Alderman Frank Dowling, Public Service Commissioner Hodges, numerous other officials of the commission, President Shonts of the IRT, with a number of his assistants, and Queens Borough President Connolly. Members of the PSC pointed out the need to extend the line from the terminal to Ditmars Boulevard and Steinway Street.[5] Regular passenger service started that afternoon.[5] The station's name was originally Second Avenue, which was the name of Ditmars Boulevard at the station's opening.[5][6]

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][7] This station started to be served by BMT shuttles using elevated cars on April 8, 1923.[8]

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.[9]

In 1981, the MTA listed the station among the 69 most deteriorated stations in the subway system.[10] In February 2018, the MTA announced that the station would be renovated for 14 months beginning in April of that year, as part of a $22 million project. The station house, mezzanine, and stairs would be repaired. Some residents protested, arguing that the renovated station would lack elevators, and that the as-of-yet ongoing full closures of the 30th Avenue and 36th Avenue stations in Astoria had negatively impacted the community.[11]

There was a proposed, but never-built, extension of the line toward Bayside and possibly LaGuardia Airport.[12]

Station layout

Track layout
P
Platform level
' "N" train toward 86th Street–Gravesend (30th Avenue)
"W" train toward Whitehall Street weekdays (30th Avenue)
(Temporarily closed for construction: Astoria Boulevard)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right
' "N" train toward 86th Street–Gravesend (30th Avenue)
"W" train toward Whitehall Street weekdays (30th Avenue)
(Temporarily closed for construction: Astoria Boulevard)
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard machines
G Street level Exit/entrance
Astoria–Ditmars Boulevard station seen from the New York Connecting Railroad viaduct

This station has two tracks and an island platform and is partially located under the New York Connecting Railroad (NYCR) viaduct. Most of the platform is north of the viaduct. The tracks end at bumper blocks at the north end of the platform. The platform canopy extends to the portion of the platform under the NYCR.[13]

Exits

The station's only mezzanine is a station house beneath the tracks and platforms. Two double-wide staircases from the platform go down to their own bank of turnstiles with a token booth in the middle. Outside fare control, there are four staircases, two going down to the west side of 31st Street between Ditmars Boulevard and 23rd Avenue and two going down to the east side. The east side of the station house has a short, enclosed pedestrian bridge that leads to the Ditmars Plaza Mini Mall, located on the second floor of the adjacent Garry Building. This mall has a staircase to the street, providing another entrance to the station.[14]

References

  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 Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ a b Annual report. 1916-1917. New York: Interborough Rapid Transit Company. 1917.
  5. ^ a b c "First Train Runs On Elevated Line to Astoria Section". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. February 1, 1917. Retrieved June 29, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.open access
  6. ^ "Street Name Changes in Queens, New York". One-Step Webpages by Stephen P. Morse.
  7. ^ "Subway Link Over Queensboro Bridge". The New York Times. July 22, 1917. p. 31. Retrieved December 18, 2011.
  8. ^ "Additional Subway Service to Borough of Queens". The New York Times. April 8, 1923. p. RE1. Retrieved December 18, 2011.
  9. ^ "Direct Subway Runs to Flushing, Astoria". The New York Times. October 15, 1949. p. 17. Retrieved December 18, 2011.
  10. ^ Gargan, Edward A. (June 11, 1981). "Agency Lists its 69 Most Deteriorated Subway Stations". The New York Times. Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  11. ^ Barone, Vincent (February 8, 2018). "Queens residents, politicians are fed up with MTA construction". am New York. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  12. ^ Martin, Douglas (November 17, 1996). "Subway Planners' Lofty Ambitions Are Buried as Dead-End Curiosities". nytimes.com. The New York Times. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  13. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  14. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Astoria" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved September 27, 2015.

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