36th Avenue (BMT Astoria Line)

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 36 Avenue
 "N" train"W" train
New York City Subway station
36th Ave Station View.jpg
Station statistics
Address 36th Avenue & 31st Street
Astoria, NY 11106
Borough Queens
Locale Astoria
Coordinates 40°45′24″N 73°55′47″W / 40.756555°N 73.929791°W / 40.756555; -73.929791Coordinates: 40°45′24″N 73°55′47″W / 40.756555°N 73.929791°W / 40.756555; -73.929791
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Astoria Line
Services       N all times (all times)
      W weekdays (weekdays)
Transit connections Bus transport MTA Bus: Q66 (on 35th Avenue), Q102
Structure Elevated
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 3 (2 in regular service)
Other information
Opened February 1, 1917; 101 years ago (1917-02-01)
Closed October 23, 2017; 8 months ago (2017-10-23) (reconstruction)
Rebuilt June 22, 2018; 29 days ago (2018-06-22)
Station code 005[1]
Former/other names 36th Avenue–Washington Avenue
Passengers (2017) 1,677,211[2]Decrease 28.4%
Rank 282 out of 425
Station succession
Next north 30th Avenue: N all timesW weekdays
Broadway: ZZZtemporarily closed for renovation
Next south Queensboro Plaza: N all timesW weekdays
39th Avenue: ZZZtemporarily closed for renovation

36th Avenue (formerly known as 36th Avenue–Washington Avenue) is a local station on the BMT Astoria Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of 36th Avenue and 31st Street in Astoria, Queens, the station is served by the N train at all times, as well as by the W train on weekdays.

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound local "N" train toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (Queensboro Plaza)
"W" train toward Whitehall Street–South Ferry (weekdays) (Queensboro Plaza)
No service, temporarily closed: 39th Avenue
Peak-direction express No regular service
Northbound local "N" train ("W" train weekdays) toward Astoria–Ditmars Boulevard (30th Avenue)
No service, temporarily closed: Broadway
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine to entrances/exits, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
G Street Level Entrances/Exits

This elevated station opened on February 1, 1917,[3] along with the opening of the rest of the Astoria Line, as an IRT line station, and the BRT (later BMT) also provided joint service. This station has three tracks and two side platforms. The center track is not used in revenue service, but it had been used regularly as recently as 2002.

The ends of each platform contain full-height mesh windscreens, while the center of the platform contains glass windscreens and black metal canopies. Prior to the 2018 renovations, both platforms had creme-colored windscreens for the entire lengths, except for a small section on the Astoria-bound platform at the north end, and red wooden canopies at their centers.

The 2018 artwork at this station, "Crystal Blue Persuasion" by Maureen McQuillan, consists of laminated glass panels in the mezzanine.[4]

Station rehabilitation[edit]

Under the 2015–2019 MTA Capital Plan, this station, along with 32 others, underwent a complete overhaul as part of the Enhanced Station Initiative. Updates included cellular service, Wi-Fi, USB charging stations, interactive service advisories and maps, improved signage, and improved station lighting.[5][6] The award for Package 2 of the renovations, which will cover renovations at the 30th Avenue, Broadway, 36th Avenue, and 39th Avenue stations, was awarded on April 14, 2017, to Skanska USA.[7] This station, along with 30th Avenue, was closed entirely for around 8 months on October 23, 2017.[8] Since the 30th Avenue and 36th Avenue stations closed, there has been some controversy due to the loss of business near these stations. The stations reopened on June 22, 2018.[9][10]


The station's only entrance is via an elevated station-house beneath the tracks. It contains two staircases to each platform, a waiting area covered with transite that allows free transfer between directions, turnstile bank, token booth, and three street stairs going down to all corners of 36th Avenue and 31st Street except the northeast one.[11]


  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2012–2017". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018. 
  3. ^ "First Train Runs On Elevated Line to Astoria Section". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. February 1, 1917. Retrieved June 29, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. 
  4. ^ "Astoria subway stations reopen after 8-month redesign". am New York. 2018-06-22. Retrieved 2018-06-25. 
  5. ^ "MTA Will Completely Close 30 Subway Stations For Months-Long "Revamp"". Gothamist. Archived from the original on August 1, 2016. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  6. ^ "MTAStations" (PDF). governor.ny.gov. Government of the State of New York. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Capital Program Oversight Committee Meeting" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. April 2017. p. 17. Retrieved April 24, 2017. 
  8. ^ Evelly, Jeanmarie (September 14, 2017). "2 Astoria Subway Stations to Close for 8 Months on Oct. 23, MTA Says". DNAinfo New York. Archived from the original on September 15, 2017. Retrieved September 15, 2017. 
  9. ^ "MTA: 30th and 36th Avenue Subway Stations on Schedule to Reopen Late June". Astoria Post. 2018-05-22. Retrieved 2018-06-04. 
  10. ^ "Broadway & 39 Av NW Stations to Undergo Extensive Repairs & Renovations". www.mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. June 8, 2018. Retrieved June 8, 2018. 
  11. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Long Island City" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved September 27, 2015. 

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