Astoria–Ditmars Boulevard (BMT Astoria Line)

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 Astoria–Ditmars Blvd
 "N" train"W" train
New York City Subway station
Astoria - Ditmars Boulevard - Platform.jpg
Station statistics
Address 23rd Avenue, Ditmars Boulevard and 31st Street
Astoria, NY 11105
Borough Queens
Locale Astoria
Coordinates 40°46′34″N 73°54′39″W / 40.776089°N 73.910737°W / 40.776089; -73.910737Coordinates: 40°46′34″N 73°54′39″W / 40.776089°N 73.910737°W / 40.776089; -73.910737
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Astoria Line
Services       N all times (all times)
      W weekdays only (weekdays only)
Transit connections Bus transport MTA Bus: Q69, Q100 (at 20th Avenue)
Structure Elevated
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened February 1, 1917; 101 years ago (1917-02-01)
Station code 001[1]
Traffic
Passengers (2017) 3,988,480[2]Increase 2.4%
Rank 129 out of 425
Station succession
Next north (Terminal): N all timesW weekdays only
Next south Astoria Boulevard: N all timesW weekdays only

Astoria–Ditmars Boulevard is the northern terminal station on the BMT Astoria Line of the New York City Subway. Located above 31st Street between 23rd Avenue and Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria, Queens, it is the northern terminal of N train at all times, as well as by the W train on weekdays.

History[edit]

Stairs on 31st Street. The Q train served this station from 2010 to 2016.

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. Dignitaries from the first ride included President of Alderman Frank Dowling, Public Service Commissioner Hodges, numerous other officials of the commission, President Shonts of the IRT, with a number of his assistants, and Queens Borough President Connolly. Members of the PSC pointed out the need of extending the line from the terminal to Ditmars Boulevard and Steinway Street.[3] Regular passenger service started that afternoon.[3] The station's name was originally Second Avenue, which was the name of Ditmars Boulevard at the station's opening.[3][4]

In 1949, the joint service was discontinued, leaving the BMT to provide full-time service.[5]

In 1981, the MTA listed the station among the 69 most deteriorated stations in the subway system.[6] In February 2018, the MTA announced that the station would be renovated for 14 months beginning in April of that year, as part of a $22 million project. The station house, mezzanine, and stairs would be repaired. Some residents protested, arguing that the renovated station would lack elevators and that the as-of-yet ongoing full closures of the 30th Avenue and 36th Avenue stations in Astoria had negatively impacted the community.[7]

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
P
Platform level
Southbound "N" train toward Coney Island (Astoria Boulevard)
"W" train toward Whitehall Street weekdays (Astoria Boulevard)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right
Southbound "N" train toward Coney Island (Astoria Boulevard)
"W" train toward Whitehall Street weekdays (Astoria Boulevard)
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard machines
G Street level Exit/entrance

This station has two tracks and an island platform and is partially located under the New York Connecting Railroad (NYCR). The tracks end at bumper blocks at the north end of the platform. The platform canopy extends to the portion of the platform under the NYCR.

The tracks terminate at bumper blocks at the north end of the station. Past the station's north end, the structure extends for a couple more yards before it ends; this was meant for an extension going east toward LaGuardia Airport. This was part of a never-built extension toward Bayside.[8]

Exits[edit]

The station's only mezzanine is a station house beneath the tracks and platforms. Two double-wide staircases from the platform go down to their own bank of turnstiles with a token booth in the middle. Outside fare control, there are four staircases, two going down to the west side of 31st Street between Ditmars Boulevard and 23rd Avenue and two going down to the east side. The east side of the station house has a short, enclosed pedestrian bridge that leads to the Ditmars Plaza Mini Mall, located on the second floor of the adjacent Garry Building. This mall has a staircase to the street, providing another entrance to the station.[9]

References[edit]

  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. ^ a b c d "First Train Runs On Elevated Line to Astoria Section". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. February 1, 1917. Retrieved June 29, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ "Street Name Changes in Queens, New York". One-Step Webpages by Stephen P. Morse. 
  5. ^ "BMT Astoria Line". nycsubway.org. Retrieved February 21, 2016. 
  6. ^ Gargan, Edward A. (June 11, 1981). "Agency Lists its 69 Most Deteriorated Subway Stations". The New York Times. Retrieved August 13, 2016. 
  7. ^ Barone, Vincent (February 8, 2018). "Queens residents, politicians are fed up with MTA construction". am New York. Retrieved February 10, 2018. 
  8. ^ Martin, Douglas (November 17, 1996). "Subway Planners' Lofty Ambitions Are Buried as Dead-End Curiosities". nytimes.com. The New York Times. Retrieved June 27, 2015. 
  9. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Astoria" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved September 27, 2015. 

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