46th Street–Bliss Street (IRT Flushing Line)

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46th Street–Bliss Street
"7" train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
NYCSub 7 station view.jpg
Looking west at two Flushing-bound 7 trains approaching 46th Street-Bliss Street station at night
Station statistics
Address 46th Street & Queens Boulevard
Queens, NY 11104
Borough Queens
Locale Sunnyside
Coordinates 40°44′35.28″N 73°55′6.25″W / 40.7431333°N 73.9184028°W / 40.7431333; -73.9184028Coordinates: 40°44′35.28″N 73°55′6.25″W / 40.7431333°N 73.9184028°W / 40.7431333; -73.9184028
Division A (IRT)
Line       IRT Flushing Line
Services       7 all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: Q32, B24
Bus transport MTA Bus: Q60, Q104
Structure Elevated
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 3
Other information
Opened April 21, 1917; 100 years ago (1917-04-21)
Station code 458[1]
Former/other names Bliss Street
Passengers (2016) 4,541,003[2]Decrease 1.1%
Rank 108 out of 422
Station succession
Next north 52nd Street: 7 all times
Next south 40th Street–Lowery Street: 7 all times

46th Street–Bliss Street is a local station on the IRT Flushing Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of 46th Street and Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside, Queens, it is served by the 7 train at all times.


Track layout

The Flushing Line was opened from Queensboro Plaza to 103rd Street – Corona Plaza on April 21, 1917, with a local station at 46th Street.[3]

The platforms at 46th Street were extended in 1955–1956 to accommodate 11-car trains.[4]

Station layout[edit]

Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound local "7" train toward 34th Street–Hudson Yards (40th Street–Lowery Street)
Peak-direction express "7" express train does not stop here →
Northbound local "7" train toward Flushing–Main Street (52nd Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine to entrances/exits, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
G Street Level Entrances/Exits
Entrance from street

This elevated station has three tracks and two side platforms. The center track is used by the rush hour peak direction <7> express train. This is the easternmost (railroad north) station on the IRT Flushing Line's concrete viaduct above Queens Boulevard. East of here, the line curves north and becomes elevated over Roosevelt Avenue.

Each platform has concrete windscreens painted in beige and green canopies in the center and waist-high beige barriers at either side. The windscreens contain stained glass windows as part of an artwork called "Q is For Queens" by Yumi Heo installed in 1999. They depict various images related to Heo's children book illustrations. This can also be found on the station's main entrance.


This station has two entrances/exits, both of which are station houses built within the viaduct's concrete structure. The main one is at the west (geographic south) end of the station and has two staircases and one turnstile bank to each platform, token booth, and four street stairs built within the viaduct's support pillars. These stairs lead to all four corners of 46th Street and the parking lot underneath the viaduct and between the two sides of Queens Boulevard. This entrance does not allow a free transfer between directions (even though it has the layout that could allow one as both turnstile banks lead to the center of the station house).[5]

The station's other entrance is unstaffed, containing just HEET and exit-only turnstiles, two staircases to each platform, and two street stairs, also built within the support pillars, going down to either western corners of 47th Street and the parking lot. This entrance has a waiting area that allows a free transfer between directions.[5]


South side

46th Street was originally named simply Bliss Street after early ferry operator and industrialist Neziah Bliss, whose other namesakes include the nearby neighborhood of Blissville. His name was dropped from the street in the 1920s. The subway station retained the name until 1998, during which time the station name was the inspiration for the electronic band 46bliss. In 1998, the MTA removed it from maps and signage, but by 2003, neighborhood activist Pat Dorfman collected 1,900 signatures, successfully lobbying the MTA and the City Council to restore the old street and station names. The MTA did so in 2004, and the Council added the ceremonial name; street intersection signs near the station now feature a secondary Bliss St plaque.[6]


  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2011–2016". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 31, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Transit Service on Corona Extension of Dual Subway System Opened to the Public". The New York Times. April 22, 1917. p. RE1. Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  4. ^ Authority, New York City Transit (1955). Minutes and Proceedings. 
  5. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Long Island City" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved September 27, 2015. 
  6. ^ Karni, Annie (October 7, 2012). "Subway stations retain signs listing places and streets that no longer exist". New York Post. Archived from the original on May 2, 2014. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 

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