104th Street (BMT Jamaica Line)
|New York City Subway rapid transit station|
|Address||104th Street & Jamaica Avenue
Queens, NY 11418
|Line||BMT Jamaica Line|
|Services||J (all except rush hours, peak direction)
Z (rush hours, peak direction)
|Transit connections||NYCT Bus: Q56|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Opened||May 28, 1917|
|Former/other names||102nd Street
|Passengers (2014)||827,890 6.2%|
|Rank||380 out of 421|
|Next north||111th Street: J
(Z skips to 121st Street)
|Next south||Woodhaven Boulevard: J Z|
104th Street is a skip-stop station on the BMT Jamaica Line of the New York City Subway, located on Jamaica Avenue between 102nd and 104th Streets in Richmond Hill, Queens. It is served by the Z train during rush hours in the peak direction and by the J train at all other times.
This elevated station opened on May 28, 1917 under the Brooklyn Union Elevated Railroad, an affiliate of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company. The former Brooklyn Manor station on the LIRR's defunct Rockaway Beach Branch, which was closed in 1962, is two blocks to the west and could be an available transfer if the Rockaway Beach Branch is reopened for train service.
Until 1966, this station was known as 102nd Street. It was then given the dual name of 102nd–104th Streets. As of 2011, station signage and the official map give the station name as 104th Street.
This station has two tracks and two side platforms, but there is room for a center track. Both platforms have beige windscreens and brown canopies with green frames and support columns for their entire length except for a small section at either end. Here, there are only waist-high steel fences with lampposts. The station signs are in the standard black name plate with white lettering.
This station has one active station house beneath the platforms near the east end. A single staircase from each platform goes down to a waiting area/crossunder, where a turnstile bank provides access to and from the station. Outside fare control, there is a token booth and two staircases to the street. One faces south and goes down to the southeast corner of 104th Street and Jamaica Avenue while the other faces west and goes down to the north side of Jamaica Avenue near the northwest corner of 104th Street. The station house has concrete flooring and windscreens going halfway up the platform stairs.
This station formerly had another mezzanine at 102nd Street. The station house and stairs to the street and platforms are still present.
The 1990 artwork is called Five Points of Observation by Kathleen McCarthy. It is made of copper mesh, allowing a view of the streets from the platforms, and resembles a human face when viewed from the street. It is found on five other stations on the BMT Jamaica Line.
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
|Southbound||← toward Broad Street off-peak hours (Woodhaven Boulevard)
← toward Broad Street rush hours (Woodhaven Boulevard)
|Center trackway||→ No track or roadbed|
|Northbound||→ toward Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer off-peak hours (111th Street) →
→ toward Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer rush hours (121st Street) →
|M||Mezzanine||Fare control, station agent|
|G||Street Level||Exit / Entrance|
- "TO OPEN JAMAICA AV. LINE.; Nearly Two and a Half Miles Ready for Operation Tonight" (May 27, 1917). New York Times Company. May 27, 1917. p. 24. Retrieved 2015-04-21.
- "Jamaica Avenue 'L' is an Old Story Already" (PDF) (May 31, 1917). Leader Observer (Queens/Brooklyn, NY). May 31, 1917. p. 1. Retrieved 2015-04-20.
- Report of the Public Service Commission for the First District of the State of New York, Volume 1. New York State Public Service Commission. January 15, 1918. pp. 73, 81, 312–314. Retrieved 2015-04-20.
- "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
- "Subway Map" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. September 2015. Retrieved 2015-09-13.
- nycsubway.org—BMT Jamaica Lines: 104th Street
- Station Reporter — J Train
- The Subway Nut — 104th Street Pictures
- MTA's Arts For Transit — 104th Street (BMT Jamaica Line)
- 104th Street entrance from Google Maps Street View