46th Street – Bliss Street (IRT Flushing Line)

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46th Street – Bliss Street
NYCS 7
New York City Subway rapid transit station
NYCSub 7 station view.jpg
Looking west at two Flushing-bound 7 trains approaching 46th Street-Bliss Street station at night
Station statistics
Address 46th Street & Queens Boulevard
Queens, NY 11104
Borough Queens
Locale Sunnyside
Coordinates 40°44′35.28″N 73°55′6.25″W / 40.7431333°N 73.9184028°W / 40.7431333; -73.9184028Coordinates: 40°44′35.28″N 73°55′6.25″W / 40.7431333°N 73.9184028°W / 40.7431333; -73.9184028
Division A (IRT)
Line       IRT Flushing Line
Services       7 all times (all times)
Connection
Structure Elevated
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 3
Other information
Opened April 21, 1917; 97 years ago (1917-04-21)
Former/other names Bliss Street
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 4,734,334[1] Increase 2.1%
Rank 100 out of 421
Station succession
Next north 52nd Street: 7 all times
Next south 40th Street – Lowery Street: 7 all times

46th Street – Bliss Street is a local station on the IRT Flushing Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of 46th Street and Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside, Queens, it is served by the 7 train at all times.

This elevated station, opened on April 21, 1917, has three tracks and two side platforms. The center track is used by the rush hour peak direction <7> express train. This is the easternmost (railroad north) station on the IRT Flushing Line's concrete viaduct above Queens Boulevard. East of here, the line curves north and becomes elevated over Roosevelt Avenue.

Each platform has concrete windscreens painted in beige and green canopies in the center and waist-high beige barriers at either side. The windscreens contain stained glass windows as part of an artwork called "Q is For Queens" by Yumi Heo installed in 1999. They depict various images related to Heo's children book illustrations. This can also be found on the station's main entrance.

This station has two entrances/exits, both of which are station houses built within the viaduct's concrete structure. The main one is at the west (geographic south) end of the station and has two staircases and one turnstile bank to each platform, token booth, and four street stairs built within the viaduct's support pillars. These stairs lead to all four corners of 46th Street and the parking lot underneath the viaduct and between the two sides of Queens Boulevard. This entrance does not allow a free transfer between directions (even though it has the layout that could allow one as both turnstile banks lead to the center of the station house).

The station's other entrance is unstaffed, containing just HEET and exit-only turnstiles, two staircases to each platform, and two street stairs, also built within the support pillars, going down to either western corners of 47th Street and the parking lot. This entrance has a waiting area that allows a free transfer between directions.

46th Street was originally named simply Bliss Street, after early ferry operator and industrialist Neziah Bliss. His name was dropped from the street in the 1920s. The subway station retained the name until 1998 (the station name was the inspiration for the electronic band 46bliss), when the MTA removed it from maps and signage. In 2003, neighborhood activist Pat Dorfman collected 1,900 signatures, successfully lobbying the MTA and the City Council to restore the old street and station names. The MTA did so in 2004, and the Council added the ceremonial name; street intersection signs near the station now feature a secondary Bliss St plaque.[2]


Station layout[edit]

P
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound local NYCS 7 toward Times Square (40th Street – Lowery Street)
Peak-direction express NYCS 7d does not stop here →
Northbound local NYCS 7 toward Flushing – Main Street (52nd Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine to entrances/exits, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
G Street Level Entrances/Exits


Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  2. ^ Karni, Annie (October 7, 2012 | 4:00am). "Subway stations retain signs listing places and streets that no longer exist". New York Post. Archived from the original on 2 May 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

External links[edit]

Media related to 46th Street – Bliss Street (IRT Flushing Line) at Wikimedia Commons