65th Street (IND Queens Boulevard Line)

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65th Street
NYCS-bull-trans-E.svg NYCS-bull-trans-M.svg NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg
New York City Subway rapid transit station
65th Street Subway Station by David Shankbone.jpg
R46 R train at the station.
Station statistics
Address 65th Street & Broadway
Queens, NY 11377
Borough Queens
Locale Woodside
Coordinates 40°44′58″N 73°53′50″W / 40.7494°N 73.8973°W / 40.7494; -73.8973Coordinates: 40°44′58″N 73°53′50″W / 40.7494°N 73.8973°W / 40.7494; -73.8973
Division B (IND)
Line IND Queens Boulevard Line
Services       E late nights (late nights)
      M weekdays until 11 p.m. (weekdays until 11 p.m.)
      R all hours except late nights (all hours except late nights)
Transit connections Bus transport MTA Bus: Q53
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened August 19, 1936; 80 years ago (1936-08-19)
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[1][2]
Passengers (2015) 1,192,281[3]Increase 2.8%
Rank 342 out of 425
Station succession
Next north Jackson Heights – Roosevelt Avenue: E late nights M weekdays until 11 p.m. R all hours except late nights
Next south Northern Boulevard: E late nights M weekdays until 11 p.m. R all hours except late nights

65th Street is a local station on the IND Queens Boulevard Line of the New York City Subway, located at the intersection of 65th Street and Broadway in Queens. It is served by the R train at all times except nights, when the E train takes over service. The M train provides additional service here on weekdays during middays and rush hours.


Track layout
to Roosevelt Av
to Northern Blvd

The Queens Boulevard Line was one of the first lines built by the city-owned Independent Subway System (IND),[4][5][6] and stretches between the IND Eighth Avenue Line in Manhattan and 179th Street and Hillside Avenue in Jamaica, Queens.[4][6][7] The Queens Boulevard Line was in part financed by a Public Works Administration (PWA) loan and grant of $25,000,000.[8] One of the proposed stations would have been located at 65th Street.

The first section of the line, west from Roosevelt Avenue to 50th Street, opened on August 19, 1933. E trains ran local to Hudson Terminal (today's World Trade Center) in Manhattan, while the GG (predecessor to current G service) ran as a shuttle service between Queens Plaza and Nassau Avenue on the IND Crosstown Line.[9][10][11][12][13][14]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound local NYCS-bull-trans-M.svg toward Metropolitan Avenue weekdays (Northern Boulevard)
NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg toward Bay Ridge–95th Street (Northern Boulevard)
NYCS-bull-trans-E.svg toward World Trade Center late nights (Northern Boulevard)
Southbound express NYCS-bull-trans-E.svg NYCS-bull-trans-F.svg do not stop here
Northbound express NYCS-bull-trans-E.svg NYCS-bull-trans-F.svg do not stop here →
Northbound local NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg (NYCS-bull-trans-M.svg weekdays) toward Forest Hills–71st Avenue (Jackson Heights–Roosevelt Avenue)
NYCS-bull-trans-E.svg toward Jamaica Center late nights (Jackson Heights–Roosevelt Avenue)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

This underground station has two side platforms and four tracks. The two center express tracks are used by the E train during daytime hours and the F train at all times.

Signs to the Forest Hills-bound platform are on the wall instead of hanging over the staircase. The reason for this was because the original 1933 IND tile sign read "Jamaica and Rockaway", anticipating construction of a never-built system expansion. These signs remained uncovered as late as 2001.[15] The 1933 Manhattan-bound tile signs remain intact.

The station's tile bands are Puce with a black border. Some violet replacement tiles have been placed.

West of this station, the express tracks become depressed and break from the local tracks. The express tracks run underneath Northern Boulevard, while the local tracks continue under Broadway and then turn to Steinway Street before meeting up with the express trains underneath Northern and Steinway. The line was built in this fashion because Broadway and Steinway Street are too narrow to align four tracks side by side underneath them.


The full-time mezzanine is at the eastern end has three staircases to each platform and two staircases to the street, one to either eastern corner of Broadway and 65th Street.[16] Both sides had fare controls and former booths at platform levels at the far western end, at the opposite end of the current mezzanine. They have since been sealed.


  1. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  2. ^ 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."
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  4. ^ a b Duffus, R.L. (September 22, 1929). "OUR GREAT SUBWAY NETWORK SPREADS WIDER; New Plans of Board of Transportation Involve the Building of More Than One Hundred Miles of Additional Rapid Transit Routes for New York". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "QUEENS SUBWAY WORK AHEAD OF SCHEDULE: Completion Will Lead to Big Apartrnent Building, Says William C. Speers.". The New York Times. April 7, 1929. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Queens Lauded as Best Boro By Chamber Chief". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. September 23, 1929. p. 40. Retrieved 4 October 2015 – via Newspapers.com. 
  7. ^ New York Times, New Subway Routes in Hylan Program to Cost $186,046,000, March 21, 1925, page 1
  8. ^ "TEST TRAINS RUNNING IN QUEENS SUBWAY; Switch and Signal Equipment of New Independent Line Is Being Checked.". The New York Times. 1936-12-20. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  9. ^ Kramer, Frederick A. (1990-01-01). Building the Independent Subway. Quadrant Press. ISBN 978-0-915276-50-9. 
  10. ^ Joseph B. Raskin (1 November 2013). The Routes Not Taken: A Trip Through New York City's Unbuilt Subway System. Fordham University Press. ISBN 978-0-8232-5369-2. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  11. ^ "Independent Subway Services Beginning in 1932". thejoekorner.com. August 21, 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  12. ^ "TWO SUBWAY UNITS OPEN AT MIDNIGHT; Links in City-Owned System in Queens and Brooklyn to Have 15 Stations.". The New York Times. August 18, 1933. Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
  13. ^ "New Queens Subway Service Will Be Launched Tonight; Tunnel From Manhattan Open to Jackson Heights; Service Will Eventually Be Extended Through To Jamaica" (PDF). Long Island Daily Press. Fultonhistory.com. August 18, 1933. p. 20. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  14. ^ "New Queens Tube To Open Saturday: Brooklyn-Long Island City Link of City Line Also to Be Put in Operation" (PDF). New York Evening Post. Fultonhistory.com. August 17, 1933. p. 18. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  15. ^ Subway Signs to Nowhere (Forgotten New York)
  16. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Astoria" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 

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