|New York City Subway station (rapid transit)|
Manhattan bound platform with Metropolitan Avenue bound M at the station.
|Address||Grand Avenue, Broadway & Queens Boulevard|
Elmhurst, NY 11373
|Line||IND Queens Boulevard Line|
|Services||E (late nights) |
M (weekdays until 11 p.m.)
R (all hours except late nights)
|Transit connections|| NYCT Bus: Q58, Q59|
MTA Bus: Q53 SBS, Q60
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Opened||December 31, 1936|
|Passengers (2018)||5,713,827 1.4%|
|Rank||74 out of 424|
|Next east||Woodhaven Boulevard: E M R|
|Next west||Elmhurst Avenue: E M R|
Grand Avenue–Newtown is a local station on the IND Queens Boulevard Line of the New York City Subway. Located under private property at the northeast corner of the intersection of Grand Avenue, Broadway, and Queens Boulevard in the neighborhood of Elmhurst, Queens, it is served by the M train on weekdays, the R train at all times except nights, and the E train at night.
The station opened on December 31, 1936 as part of the Independent Subway System's Queens Boulevard Line. The opening of the station brought significant growth to Elmhurst.
The Queens Boulevard Line was one of the first lines built by the city-owned Independent Subway System (IND), and stretches between the IND Eighth Avenue Line in Manhattan and 179th Street and Hillside Avenue in Jamaica, Queens. The Queens Boulevard Line was in part financed by a Public Works Administration (PWA) loan and grant of $25,000,000. On December 31, 1936, the IND Queens Boulevard Line was extended by eight stops, and 3.5 miles (5.6 km), from its previous terminus at Roosevelt Avenue to Union Turnpike, and the Grand Avenue station opened as part of this extension.
In Elmhurst, almost all of the century-old buildings in the heart of the village were destroyed for the construction of the subway. Land was taken on the west side of the Broadway to avoid the demolition of the Saint James Episcopal Church and the Reformed Church. Many nineteenth century residences and the Wandowenock Fire Company buildings had to be torn down. To allow the subway line to curve into Queens Boulevard from Broadway, the northeast corner of the two streets was removed, in addition to some stores and an old Presbyterian chapel. New buildings were built behind a new curb line once the subway was completed, bringing a new face to Elmhurst. The introduction of the subway stimulated local growth in Elmhurst. Commercial buildings and apartment houses replaced existing structures.:145:23
|M||Mezzanine||Fare control, station agent, MetroCard machines|
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
|Southbound local||← toward Middle Village–Metropolitan Avenue weekdays (Elmhurst Avenue)|
← toward Bay Ridge–95th Street (Elmhurst Avenue)
← toward World Trade Center nights (Elmhurst Avenue)
|Southbound express||← do not stop here|
|Northbound express||do not stop here →|
|Northbound local|| ( weekdays) toward Forest Hills–71st Avenue (Woodhaven Boulevard) → |
toward Jamaica Center–Parsons/Archer nights (Woodhaven Boulevard) →
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
There are four tracks and two side platforms here. In between the local tracks and the express tracks, there are trackway walls. The station has a full length mezzanine, but as the fare control and booth area are at the center of the mezzanine, crossover is available only at the easternmost staircase.
Both platforms have a medium Cerulean Blue tile band with a black border with small "GRAND" captions in white lettering on a black background beneath them. They also have name tablets reading "GRAND AVE." with "NEWTOWN" shown beneath in white sans serif lettering on a black background and a Cerulean Blue border. Concrete-clad columns painted Cadet blue run along both platforms at regular intervals with alternating ones having the standard black name plates in white lettering.
Each side has two sets of street stairs. There is a full-time entrance at Justice Avenue and Broadway on the west end, with staircases to either side of Broadway. There are also exits to either southern corner of Queens Boulevard at 54th Avenue, and another staircase to the northern side of Queens Boulevard at 54th Avenue.
High entry/exit turnstiles at both ends of the mezzanine allow people to exit fare control without having to walk down to the middle of the mezzanine. A free crossover between two platforms exists at this location. Originally, there were two fare control areas at each end, which is clear from the presence of two closed staircases at the Manhattan-bound side. The mezzanine narrows to about two-thirds of its width on the southern side of the mezzanine directly to the opposite of the closed staircases. The narrowing of the mezzanine did not allow for staircases on the Queens-bound side in this location like on the Manhattan-bound side. Chain-link fence is used to separate the areas inside and outside fare control. The Manhattan- and Queens-bound paid areas are separated by at this location by the unpaid area, which runs down the center of the mezzanine. In total, this side of the station has four staircases in addition to the two closed ones mentioned, while the other side has five staircases.
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