Ozone Park (LIRR station)
Site of the former Ozone Park Station; April 2010.
|Address||99th Street and 101st Avenue
Ozone Park, Queens
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Closed||June 8, 1962; station abandoned|
Purpose and description
Ozone Park station was set up to enable passengers from Penn Station and Flatbush Avenue to reach the Rockaway Park area or Far Rockaway section simply by changing trains ("Change At Ozone Park!"). The trains would stack end-to-end, and passengers would transfer back and forth on the platform. Operation in the reverse direction also occurred. Due to street restrictions below, which limited the right-of-way width above, platforms were on the outside of the four track right-of-way, making a cross-platform interchange impossible. To accommodate this, the platforms were made exceptionally long so that non-rush hour length MU trains could stack end-to-end and allow passengers to transfer. A set of crossovers from the outside tracks to the inner tracks were at the east end of the station, to permit trains stopping at Ozone Park to run express after the station stop, or to perform the reverse move.
Ozone Park station was opened by the New York, Woodhaven and Rockaway Railroad in 1884, and closed on June 8, 1962 when passenger service between Rego Park and Ozone Park ended. The station and right-of-way was never abandoned by the railroad; instead, it was later sold to the City of New York with the expectation that the New York City Transit Authority would eventually operate service north of Liberty Avenue. Nothing advanced beyond the planning stages for this proposal.
Since the closing of the line, many businesses in the area have set up shop in the portion of trestle below the station. In the late 1980s the F.B.I. used the abandoned platforms to set up a sting operation to monitor the activities of John Gotti and the Gambino crime family, whose social club was down the street from the station.
As of 2011, Ozone Park station exists in ruins. Electric utility poles and Pennsylvania Railroad-era signal bridges also adorn the right of way.