21st Street station (IND Crosstown Line)

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 21 Street
 "G" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
21 St - Platform.jpg
Station statistics
Address21st Street & Jackson Avenue
Queens, NY 11101
LocaleLong Island City
Coordinates40°44′41″N 73°56′55″W / 40.744591°N 73.948674°W / 40.744591; -73.948674Coordinates: 40°44′41″N 73°56′55″W / 40.744591°N 73.948674°W / 40.744591; -73.948674
DivisionB (IND)
Line      IND Crosstown Line
Services      G all times (all times)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: B32, B62
Bus transport MTA Bus: Q67, Q103
Railway transportation LIRR: City Terminal Zone (at Hunterspoint Avenue)
Platforms1 island platform
Other information
OpenedAugust 19, 1933 (86 years ago) (1933-08-19)[1]
Station code282[2]
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[3][4]
Former/other names21st Street–Van Alst
Van Alst Avenue−21st Street[1]
Passengers (2018)550,464[5]Decrease 8%
Rank403 out of 424
Station succession
Next northCourt Square: G all times
Next southGreenpoint Avenue: G all times

21st Street (also formerly called 21st Street–Van Alst[1]) is a station on the IND Crosstown Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of 21st Street and Jackson Avenue in the Hunters Point section of Long Island City, Queens, it is served by the G train at all times.


21st Street was part of the first phase of the IND Crosstown Line, with service south to Nassau Avenue in Brooklyn.[1] The site of the station was excavated by April 1929.[6] The station opened on August 19, 1933.[1] The secondary name "Van Alst" refers to Van Alst Avenue, the former name of 21st Street.[7][8] The Van Alst family had settled in Long Island City in 1652 during Dutch colonization, and constructed a family cemetery (now an empty lot at the former site of the West Disinfecting Company facility) on Jackson Avenue and Orchard Street near modern Queens Plaza.[7] The Van Alst name is shared with the Van Alst Playground, on 21st Street and 30th Avenue in Astoria.[7]

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
B1 Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
Platform level
Southbound "G" train toward Church Avenue (Greenpoint Avenue)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Northbound "G" train toward Court Square (Terminus)
Stair on Jackson Avenue

The station has two tracks and one island platform, built with a slight curve, as is Jackson Avenue at this location.[9][10] The trackside wall trim line is Hunter green with a black border and "21" underneath in white numbering on a black background.[1] The platform and mezzanine columns are painted a matching shade of Hunter green (they had previously been painted violet) with every other column having the standard black and white name signs. A booth for NYPD Transit Police District 20 is located at the southern end of the platform.[9] There is a full length mezzanine above the platform; however, only the northern half is open and has two staircases from the platform.[9][11] The southern half had three staircases to the platform and is used for storage and employee offices.[11][12]

Like many stations on the Crosstown Line, this one is in poor condition as the wall tile has been damaged by underground springs, particularly on the southbound side.[11][12][13][14][15] Despite this damage, there are no plans to make repairs.

North of this station, a center track briefly forms between the two main tracks of the Crosstown Line. This track allows trains to terminate on either track at Court Square. As a result, there is a train route selection panel at the north end of the northbound track.[9][15]


The station's only entrance/exit, from the northern mezzanine, has a turnstile bank, token booth, and three street stairs to the three-way intersection of 21st Street, Jackson Avenue, and 47th Avenue, at the point where New York State Route 25A turns from 21st Street to Jackson Avenue.[10][11][13]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Two Subway Units Open at Midnight – Links in City-Owned System in Queens and Brooklyn to Have 15 Stations" (PDF). The New York Times. August 18, 1933. Retrieved November 7, 2015.
  2. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  3. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  4. ^ More Subway Stations in Manhattan, Bronx in Line to Get Online, mta.info (March 25, 2015). "The first two phases included stations in Midtown Manhattan and all underground stations in Queens with the exception of the 7 Main St terminal."
  5. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  6. ^ Snapp, Fletcher G. (April 24, 1929). "Newtown Creek Tunnel First Tube of Kind Bored Without Compressed Air". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Newspapers.com. p. 3. Retrieved August 28, 2016.
  7. ^ a b c Roberts, Sam (November 3, 2014). "Long in Repose, Last Remnants of a Founding Family Will Leave Long Island City". The New York Times. Retrieved November 7, 2015.
  8. ^ "Ely Subway Stop to Open – Queens Station on City-Owned Line Begins Service Tomorrow" (PDF). The New York Times. August 26, 1939. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  9. ^ a b c d "Review of the G Line: Appendices" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 10, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
  10. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Long Island City" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  11. ^ a b c d "Abandoned Station Entrance: 21st Van Alst". ltvsquad.com. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  12. ^ a b "G Train". February 4, 2012. Archived from the original on February 4, 2012. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  13. ^ a b Cox, Jeremiah. "21 St-Van Alst (G) - The SubwayNut". www.subwaynut.com. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  14. ^ Cohen, Billie (January 10, 2008). "The G Train From Smith-9th Streets to Long Island City". The New York Times. Retrieved October 14, 2015.
  15. ^ a b "www.nycsubway.org: IND Crosstown Line". www.nycsubway.org. Retrieved February 19, 2016.

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