Union Hall Street (LIRR station)

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Union Hall Street
Union Hall Street Station Facade.jpg
The facade where Union Hall Street LIRR station used to be, today an entrance to York College (CUNY)
Station statistics
Address Archer Avenue & Union Hall Street
Jamaica, Queens
Coordinates 40°42′10″N 73°47′49″W / 40.70278°N 73.79694°W / 40.70278; -73.79694Coordinates: 40°42′10″N 73°47′49″W / 40.70278°N 73.79694°W / 40.70278; -73.79694
Line(s) Main Line:
Montauk Branch:
Other information
Opened June 24, 1890
Closed 1905(or 1911), 1976
Rebuilt 1913, 1929-1931
Electrified August 29, 1905
Formerly New York Avenue
Services
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg LIRR   Following station
Jamaica station Main Line and
Montauk Branch
(current and former locations)
Canal Street station

Union Hall Street was a station on the Long Island Rail Road's Main Line at Union Hall Street at York College in Jamaica, Queens, New York City, United States.

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A station opened at New York Avenue (now Guy R. Brewer Boulevard) on June 24, 1890, when the local Atlantic Avenue rapid transit trains were extended from Woodhaven Junction through Jamaica to Rockaway Junction.[1] The station was closed in 1905, but in response to complaints about the reopening of Jamaica Station on Sutphin Boulevard (primarily because the downtown core of Jamaica was centered around Union Hall Street, the site of "Old Jamaica"), the LIRR opened a new one a block away at Union Hall Street in 1913, when the tracks through Jamaica were grade-separated. Union Hall Street station was built near the site of the "Old Jamaica Station," originally at ground level and eventually elevated between 1929 and 1931.

The building of the newer Jamaica Station led to commercial development around Sutphin Boulevard and the new station became the primary LIRR station in Jamaica. Eventually Union Hall Street patronage dropped due to its close proximity (about a half mile) to the Sutphin Blvd. station. Union Hall would close 1976, although in recent years a decorative wall mimicking a station house was placed over the bridge where the former Union Hall Street station used to be.[1] Twelve years after the station closed, the transportation needs in the vicinity of Union Hall Street were compensated with the Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer Subway Station two blocks west of the former station, although this was more accurately a replacement for the former 160th Street elevated railroad station a block north on Jamaica Avenue, rather than for the ex-Union Hall Street LIRR station.

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