36th Avenue (BMT Astoria Line)

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36th Avenue
"N" train "W" train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
36th Avenue - Astoria Bound platform.jpg
Station statistics
Address 36th Avenue & 31st Street
Queens, 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; 100 years ago (1917-02-01)
Former/other names 36th Avenue – Washington Avenue
Passengers (2015) 2,394,564[1]Decrease 1.8%
Rank 205 out of 422
Station succession
Next north Broadway: N all times W weekdays
Next south 39th Avenue: N all times W weekdays

36th Avenue (also 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, it is served by the N train at all times, as well as by the W train on weekdays.

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
to Broadway
to 39 Av
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound local "N" train toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (39th Avenue)
"W" train toward Whitehall Street–South Ferry (weekdays) (39th Avenue)
Peak-direction express No regular service
Northbound local "N" train ("W" train weekdays) toward Astoria–Ditmars Boulevard (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,[2] 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.

Both platforms have beige windscreens that run along the entire length except for a small section on the Astoria-bound platform at the north end. Red canopies with green frames are at the center.

Station rehabilitation[edit]

Under the 2015–2019 MTA Capital Plan, the station, along with thirty other New York City Subway stations, will undergo a complete overhaul and would be entirely closed for up to 6 months. Updates would include cellular service, Wi-Fi, charging stations, improved signage, and improved station lighting.[3][4] 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.[5]


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.[6]


  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-18. 
  2. ^ "First Train Runs On Elevated Line to Astoria Section". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. February 1, 1917. Retrieved 29 June 2015 – via Newspapers.com. 
  3. ^ "MTA Will Completely Close 30 Subway Stations For Months-Long "Revamp"". Gothamist. Retrieved 2016-07-18. 
  4. ^ "MTAStations" (PDF). governor.ny.gov. Government of the State of New York. Retrieved 2016-07-18. 
  5. ^ "Capital Program Oversight Committee Meeting" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. April 2017. p. 17. Retrieved April 24, 2017. 
  6. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Long Island City" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 

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