Court Square (New York City Subway)
Transfer passageway between the Flushing Line and the rest of the station complex as seen from outside on opening day.
|Address||the immediate vicinity of One Court Square
Long Island City, NY 11101
|Locale||Long Island City|
|Division||A (IRT), B (IND)|
|Line||IND Crosstown Line
IRT Flushing Line
IND Queens Boulevard Line
|Services||7 (all times) <7> (rush hours until 10:00 p.m., peak direction)
E (all times)
G (all times)
M (weekdays until midnight)
(Queens Boulevard & Crosstown lines)|
June 3, 2011 (Flushing line)
|Passengers (2012)||5,340,581 (station complex) 15.7%|
|Rank||79 out of 421|
Court Square is a New York City Subway station complex on the IND Crosstown Line, the IRT Flushing Line and the IND Queens Boulevard Line. The complex is located in the vicinity of One Court Square in Long Island City, Queens and served by the:
- 7, E, and G trains at all times
- M train on weekdays
- <7> train during rush hours in the peak direction
The complex comprises three separate stations, formerly known as 23rd Street – Ely Avenue (Queens Boulevard Line), Long Island City – Court Square (Crosstown Line), and 45th Road – Court House Square (Flushing Line). Following the opening of the Citibank office tower at One Court Square, a passageway was built underneath connecting the Queens Boulevard and Crosstown stations.
On December 16, 2001, service on the Queens Boulevard Line was increased by the connection of the IND 63rd Street Line, requiring G trains to terminate at Court Square on weekdays. To compensate Crosstown riders going into Queens, a free out-of-system transfer to the Flushing Line station was created.
On June 3, 2011, a $47 million ADA-accessible connection between the Crosstown Line and Flushing Line stations was opened and the two stations were renamed "Court Square". In kind, the Queens Boulevard Line station, which is not ADA-compliant, was renamed "Court Square – 23rd Street".
IND Crosstown Line platform
IND Crosstown Line station platform
|Address||45th Avenue & Jackson Avenue|
|Line||IND Crosstown Line|
|Services||G (all times)|
|Platforms||1 island platform|
|Opened||August 19, 1933|
|Former/other names||Long Island City – Court Square|
|Next north||Queens Plaza: no regular service
|Next south||21st Street: G|
Although G service terminates here, the tracks themselves continue north and feed into the Queens Boulevard main line just south of Queens Plaza. This section of track is not used in regular service. Until April 19, 2010, trains traveled over this connection to continue to Forest Hills – 71st Avenue at various times of the day.
This underground station, opened on August 19, 1933, has one island platform between two tracks. Each track wall has a green trim line with a black border and small "COURT SQ" signs below it in white lettering on black background. Green I-beam columns run along both sides of the platform at regular intervals.
Three staircases from the platform go up to the full length mezzanine above and a passageway within fare control connects the station to the Queens Boulevard platform. All fare control areas are unstaffed, containing just full height turnstiles. The main one has a single staircase that goes up to the southwest corner of Jackson Avenue and Court Square. After the IND 63rd Street Line was connected to the Queens Boulevard Line in December 2001 (a project known as the "63rd Street Connector"), another unstaffed entrance was added to the north end of the mezzanine to allow an out-of-system transfer to the IRT Flushing Line. A single staircase goes up to the north side of Jackson Avenue at Pearson Street directly outside the staircases to the IRT station. In June 2011, this transfer was replaced by an enclosed in-system transfer that consists of two escalators and one staircase connecting both stations.
IRT Flushing Line platforms
The north end of the station with the Manhattan skyline in the background
|Address||45th Road & 23rd Street|
|Line||IRT Flushing Line|
|Services||7 (all times) <7> (rush hours until 10:00 p.m., peak direction)|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Opened||November 16, 1916
June 3, 2011 (second station)
|Former/other names||45th Road – Court House Square|
|Next north||Queensboro Plaza: 7 <7>|
|Next south||Hunters Point Avenue: 7 <7>|
|Next north||61st Street – Woodside: 7 <7>|
|Next south||Grand Central: 7 <7>|
45th Road – Court House Square (Dual System IRT)
|MPS||New York City Subway System MPS|
|NRHP Reference #||05000229|
|Added to NRHP||March 3, 2005|
Both platforms have beige windscreens that run along their entire lengths and brown canopies with green frames and support columns except for a small section at their north ends. The station name plates are in the standard black in white lettering.
This station has an elevated station house beneath the tracks at the extreme south end. A single staircase from each platform goes down to a waiting area/crossunder, where a turnstile bank provides entrance/exit from the station. Outside fare control, there is a token booth and two staircases going down to either western corners of 45th Road and 23rd Street.
The station house formerly had two more staircases leading to either eastern corner. In June 2011, they were replaced by an in-system transfer to the underground Queens Boulevard and Crosstown platforms.
The P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center is nearby. In Barry Levinson's 1996 drama Sleepers, two characters, Lorenzo "Shakes" Carcaterra and Michael Sullivan, met at this station. In 2005, the section along the Flushing Line was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Cross' secretary is seen exiting the elevated platform here with her son, Tiny Tim in the 1988 comedy,"Scrooged".
IND Queens Boulevard Line platforms
The Forest Hills and Jamaica-bound platform, August 2013.
|Address||23rd Street & 44th Drive|
|Line||IND Queens Boulevard Line|
|Services||E (all times)
M (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Opened||August 28, 1939|
|Former/other names||23rd Street – Ely Avenue|
|Next north||Queens Plaza: E M|
|Next south||Lexington Avenue – 53rd Street: E M|
Court Square – 23rd Street on the IND Queens Boulevard Line is an underground station with two tracks and two side platforms. It is located along 44th Drive between 21st and 23rd Streets and is the western-most (railroad south) station on the line in Queens. Built as an in-fill station, it opened as 23rd Street – Ely Avenue on August 28, 1939, six years after the first section of the Queens Boulevard Line (Ely Avenue being the former name of 23rd Street until early in the 20th century).
Each platform has a scarlet lake trim line with a black border and name tablets reading "23RD ST. – ELY AVE." in white sans serif letting on a black and brown background and matching scarlet lake border. Below the trim line and name tablets are small directional signs and station signs alternating between "23RD" and "ELY" in white lettering on a black border. Red I-beam columns run along both platforms at regular intervals with alternating ones having the standard black station name plate in white lettering.
This station has three entrances/exits; the full-time one is at the extreme north end. A single staircase from each platform leads up to a crossover, where on the Manhattan-bound side, one exit-only turnstile and one High Entry/Exit Turnstile leads to a single staircase that goes up to the northeast corner of 44th Drive and 23rd Street. On the Forest Hills-bound side of the crossover, a long passageway connects to the IND Crosstown platform. Built when Citibank opened its office tower at One Court Square, the passageway consists of two sections and in-between them is the full-time fare control area that has a turnstile bank, token booth, and two staircases. One has two escalators and goes up to south side of 44th Drive inside a Citibank and the other is open weekdays only and leads to the entrance plaza of One Court Square. A set of escalators opposite the street stairs lead to the building's lobby. The main fare control area has a skylight and the passageway has the only moving walkways (horizontal escalators) in the subway system. These were installed in December 2001 when the G began terminating at this station complex on weekdays.
This station's second fare control area is at the extreme south (geographical west) end. A single staircase from each platform go up to a raised crossover split in two by a steel fence. The Manhattan-bound side has a turnstile bank, token booth, and one staircase going up to the northeast corner of 21st Street and 44th Drive while the Queens-bound side has two exit-only turnstiles and one staircase going up to the southeast corner of the aforementioned intersection. All fare control areas have their original IND-style directional mosaics.
There are two sets of artwork at ths station. One was made in 1992 by Frank Olt and is called Temple Quad Reliefs, consisting of glass mosaic and ceramic tiles on the platform walls. The other was made in 2001 by Elizabeth Murray and is called Streams, consisting of glass mosaics on the transfer passageway walls.
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
|Southbound||← toward Times Square (Hunters Point Avenue)|
|Northbound||→ toward Flushing – Main Street (Queensboro Plaza) →|
|1F||to entrances/exits, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
(Elevator at NE corner of 23rd Street and Jackson Avenue; transfers to other services not accessible)
|G||Street Level||Exit/ Entrance|
|B1||Mezzanine||Fare control, station agent|
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
|Southbound||← toward World Trade Center, toward Metropolitan Avenue (Lexington Avenue – 53rd Street)|
|Northbound||→ toward Jamaica Center, toward Forest Hills – 71st Avenue (Queens Plaza) →|
|Southbound||← toward Church Avenue (21st Street)|
|Northbound||← toward Church Avenue (21st Street)
→(No service: Queens Plaza)
- "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2013-04-02.
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- Rogoff, David (April 1960), "The Steinway Tunnels", Electric Railroads (Electric Railroaders’ Association) (29), retrieved 2011-05-30, "A station was erected midway at 11th St. and is now known as ‘45th Rd.-Court House Square’. Operation was extended to Hunters Point Ave. on the eastbound track on Feb. 15th, 1916, and to Queensboro Plaza on the following Nov. 5th, opening Court House Square station."
- "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved December 9, 2011.
- Queens County Listings on the National Register of Historic Places (Structure – #05000229)
- Feinman, Mark (2000). "The History of the Independent Subway". Retrieved 2006-07-03.
Media related to Court Square (New York City Subway) at Wikimedia Commons
- nycsubway.org—IND Queens Boulevard Line: 23rd St./Ely Avenue
- nycsubway.org—IND Crosstown Line: Court Square
- nycsubway.org—IRT Flushing Line: Court House Square/45th Road
- Station Reporter — Court Square Complex
- The Subway Nut — 23rd Street – Ely Avenue Pictures
- The Subway Nut — Court Square Pictures
- MTA's Arts For Transit — 23rd Street – Ely Avenue/Long Island City – Court Square
- Forgotten NY – Subway Signs That Remember...
- 23rd Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
- entrance to Citibank from Google Maps Street View
- 21st Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
- 45th Road entrance from Google Maps Street View
- Court Square entrance from Google Maps Street View
- Thomson Avenue entrance from Google Maps Street View
- Jackson Avenue entrance from Google Maps Street View