Woodhaven Boulevard (IND Queens Boulevard Line)
|Address||Woodhaven Boulevard & Queens Boulevard
Queens, NY 11373
|Line||IND Queens Boulevard Line|
|Services||E (late nights)
M (weekdays until 11 p.m.)
R (all hours except late nights)
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Opened||December 31, 1936|
|Former/other names||Woodhaven Boulevard – Slattery Plaza
Woodhaven Boulevard – Queens Mall
|Passengers (2013)||7,157,254 0%|
|Rank||58 out of 421|
|Next north||63rd Drive – Rego Park: E M R|
|Next south||Grand Avenue – Newtown: E M R|
Woodhaven Boulevard is a local station on the IND Queens Boulevard Line of the New York City Subway. Located in the Elmhurst neighborhood of Queens, it is served by the R train at all times except nights, when the E train takes over service. The M train provides additional service here on weekdays except nights. The station serves the adjacent Queens Center Mall, as well as numerous bus lines.
Built as a local station, the station was constructed with bellmouth provisions to allow conversion into an express station. A close observation of both ends of this station reveals that the tunnel wall extends outward to allow space for the two side platforms to be replaced with island platforms, with the local tracks taking the side platforms' place. The station would have accommodated a major system expansion, with additional service coming from the Roosevelt Avenue Terminal station and the former LIRR Rockaway Line.
The station was renovated in the 1990s, but retained the now out of date "Woodhaven Blvd – Slattery Plaza" name tablet and "Horace Harding Blvd" directional signs below them. Slattery Plaza was the old name of the area where four main Queens thoroughfares (Eliot Avenue and Horace Harding, Woodhaven, and Queens Boulevards) intersected. The construction of the Long Island Expressway along the Horace Harding corridor caused Slattery Plaza to be demolished.
Queens Center Mall first opened in 1972, but the name convention on subway maps was not in use until the late 1980s. There is no direct indoor access to the Mall's entrance across 59th Avenue from the full length mezzanine. This mezzanine allows crossover from any of the station's four staircases from each platform (total of eight staircases). The full time side at the west end of the mezzanine has three street stairs. One leads to north side of Queens Boulevard and 59th Avenue, the closest to the mall. The other two staircases are through a long passageway to the south side of Queens Boulevard and both sides of Woodhaven Boulevard and act as a cross-pedestrian underpass outside of fare control. The part time side at Horace Harding Blvd has a former booth and one street stair. After the construction of the Long Island Expressway in the mid-1950s, the station entrance at street level appears to be "orphaned," out of character with the rest of the area, since there is nothing for 100 feet (30 metres) in either direction and it abuts an expressway exit ramp.
The 1996 artwork here is called In Memory of The Lost Battalion by Pablo Tauler. It uses nine support beams in the station's mezzanine to create different materials, including stainless steel, to honor the soldiers who served in the 77th Infantry Division during World War I.
|G||Street Level||Exit/ Entrance|
|M||Mezzanine||Fare control, station agent|
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
|Southbound local||← toward Middle Village – Metropolitan Avenue weekdays (Grand Avenue – Newtown)
← toward Bay Ridge – 95th Street (Grand Avenue – Newtown)
← toward World Trade Center late nights (Grand Avenue – Newtown)
|Southbound express||← do not stop here|
|Northbound express||→ do not stop here →|
|Northbound local||→ ( weekdays) toward Forest Hills – 71st Avenue (63rd Drive – Rego Park) →
→ toward Jamaica Center late nights (63rd Drive – Rego Park) →
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
The station and Queens Center Mall are served by nine local MTA Bus routes and two express bus routes. Three of the four Woodhaven Boulevard bus lines (Q11, Q21, Q52 Limited) terminate at the station, with the Q53 Limited bus continuing westward towards the Woodside - 61st Street Station. Except for the Q88, Jamaica-bound Q60 and Corona-bound Q38, all northbound buses stop at the mall entrance, while all southbound buses as well as the QM10 and QM11 express buses stop at Hoffman Drive adjacent to Hoffman Park. The Q88 terminates at 92nd Street, in between the two halves of the mall.
- "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-27.
- nycsubway.org—IND Queens Boulevard Line: Woodhaven Boulevard/Queens Mall
- Station Reporter — R Train
- Station Reporter — M Train
- MTA's Arts For Transit — Woodhaven Boulevard (IND Queens Boulevard Line)
- The Subway Nut — Woodhaven Boulevard Pictures
- Woodhaven Boulevard entrance from Google Maps Street View
- Horace Harding Boulevard (Long Island Expressway) entrance from Google Maps Street View