Forest Hills–71st Avenue (IND Queens Boulevard Line)

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Forest Hills–71st Avenue
"E" train "F" train "M" train "R" train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Forest Hills - Manhattan Bound Platform.jpg
Manhattan bound platform
Station statistics
Address 71st Avenue & Queens Boulevard
Queens, NY 11375
Borough Queens
Locale Forest Hills
Coordinates 40°43′17″N 73°50′38″W / 40.721404°N 73.844004°W / 40.721404; -73.844004Coordinates: 40°43′17″N 73°50′38″W / 40.721404°N 73.844004°W / 40.721404; -73.844004
Division B (IND)
Line IND Queens Boulevard Line
Services       E all times (all times)
      F all times (all times)
      M weekdays until 11:00 p.m. (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
      R all hours except late nights (all hours except late nights)
Transit connections Bus transport MTA Bus: Q23, Q60, Q64, QM11, QM12, QM18
Railway transportation LIRR: City Terminal Zone (at Forest Hills)
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened December 31, 1936; 80 years ago (1936-12-31)
Station code 261[1]
Accessible This station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ADA-accessible
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2][3]
Former/other names 71st–Continental Avenues–Forest Hills
Passengers (2016) 8,581,096[4]Decrease 0.8%
Rank 42 out of 422
Station succession
Next north Kew Gardens–Union Turnpike (express): E weekdays until 9:00 p.m.
75th Avenue (local): E nights after 9:00 p.m. and weekends F all times
(Terminal): M weekdays until 11 p.m. R all hours except late nights
World's Fair (IND World's Fair Line; demolished)
Next south 67th Avenue (local): E late nights M weekdays until 11 p.m. R all hours except late nights
Jackson Heights–Roosevelt Avenue (express): E all except late nights F all times

Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 north Kew Gardens–Union Turnpike: E rush hours F all times
Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 south Jackson Heights–Roosevelt Avenue: E all times F all times M weekdays until 11:00 p.m. R all hours except late nights

Forest Hills–71st Avenue (previously known as 71st–Continental Avenues) is an express station on the IND Queens Boulevard Line of the New York City Subway, located on Queens Boulevard at 71st (Continental) Avenue in Forest Hills, Queens. It is served by the E and F trains at all times, the R train at all times except late nights, and the M train on weekdays except late nights. It serves as the terminus for the latter two services.


Track layout
A Manhattan-bound R train arriving at the station.

The Queens Boulevard Line was one of the first lines built by the city-owned Independent Subway System (IND),[5][6][7] and stretches between the IND Eighth Avenue Line in Manhattan and 179th Street and Hillside Avenue in Jamaica, Queens.[5][7][8] The Queens Boulevard Line was in part financed by a Public Works Administration (PWA) loan and grant of $25,000,000.[9] One of the proposed stations would have been located at 71st Avenue. In the late 1920s, with the news of the subway extension, real estate prices soared, and older buildings were demolished in order to make way for new development.[10] In 1930, in anticipation of growth due to the building of the Queens Boulevard Line, several blocks of land along Queens Boulevard were rezoned so that fifteen-story apartment buildings could be built.[11]

Queens Borough President George Harvey predicted that the introduction of the subway to Forest Hills would turn Queens Boulevard into the "Park Avenue of Queens". The construction of the subway encouraged the development of apartments, which after the line's completion would lure residents from Midtown Manhattan. There was even more development at the location surrounding this station location because it offered an affordable express route to Manhattan, making Forest Hills a more desirable place to live.[10]

On December 31, 1936, the IND Queens Boulevard Line was extended by eight stops, and 3.5 miles (5.6 km), from its previous terminus at Roosevelt Avenue to Union Turnpike, and the 71st Avenue station opened as part of this extension.[12][13][14][15][16][17]

The station was proposed as a transfer station between the never-built Queens Super-Express Bypass as part of the 1968 Program for Action, which would have significantly expanded railway and subway service in the five boroughs.[18] Under a 1984 plan, the new express station would have been one of three stops on the 63rd Street Line extension east of 21st Street–Queensbridge, the other two stops being at Northern Boulevard and Woodside.[18] The bypass station would have had a mezzanine, two platform levels (an upper platform for Jamaica- and Southeast Queens-bound trains; a lower platform for Manhattan-bound trains), a new elevator entrance, and an expanded mezzanine, with escalators and stairs connecting the new platform levels to the existing platforms.[18][19] The new station would have been built on the south side of Queens Boulevard, south of the existing station.[18][19]

In 2014, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority built a new signal tower for the Manhattan-bound platform. The agency also upgraded the station to compliance with the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act; the upgrade included passenger elevators to serve the street level, mezzanine and platforms. This project, after a three-month delay,[20] was completed by March 2014.[21][22] A ribbon-cutting for the new elevators, however, wasn't held until May 2014.[23]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
Handicapped/disabled access (Elevator on south side of Queens Boulevard between 70th Road and 71st Avenue)
Platform level
Southbound local "E" train toward World Trade Center late nights (67th Avenue)
"M" train (boarding passengers only) toward Broadway Junction weekdays (67th Avenue)
"R" train (boarding passengers only) toward Bay Ridge–95th Street all times except nights (67th Avenue)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right Handicapped/disabled access
Southbound express "E" train toward World Trade Center (Jackson Heights–Roosevelt Avenue)
"F" train toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (Jackson Heights–Roosevelt Avenue)
Northbound express "E" train toward Jamaica Center (Kew Gardens–Union Turnpike weekdays or 75th Avenue weekends)
"F" train toward Jamaica–179th Street (75th Avenue)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right Handicapped/disabled access
Northbound local "E" train toward Jamaica Center late nights (75th Avenue)
"M" train "R" train termination track →
Stairs along the NYCLP-listed Ridgewood Savings Bank Forest Hills Branch.

The station has four tracks and two island platforms. It is the northern terminal for the local M and R trains, which stop on the outer tracks. To the east, the line widens to six tracks, with two tracks starting between the local and express tracks in each direction, then ramping down to a lower level, where they widen to four tracks and run under the 75th Avenue station to Jamaica Yard. F trains stop on the express track at all times, but switch to the local track to the east and continue on to Jamaica–179th Street. E trains stop on the express tracks at all times except late nights, when they make local stops along the Queens Boulevard Line. To the east, they continue on the express tracks (except evenings and weekends when they switch to the local track like the F) to Jamaica Center–Parsons/Archer, with limited rush-hour express service to 179th Street.[24]

Both outer track walls have a lime green tile band with a black border and small "71st AVE" signs below them, in white lettering on black tiles.[25] The station's columns are painted in lime green with signs reading "71 - Forest Hills", while older signs on the black columns between the express tracks read "CONTINENTAL AVENUE - Forest Hills" in black lettering on a white border.[26][27]

A signal tower and dispatchers' office is at the extreme eastern end of the northbound platform. A second smaller dispatcher's booth sits on the center of the Manhattan-bound platform.


There are three fare control areas on the full width mezzanine above the platforms and tracks. The full-time booth is near the east end of the station and is closest to the southern staircase going up to 71st Avenue and Queens Boulevard. One of the part-time booths is in the same area in the middle of the mezzanine and is closest to 108th Street and 71st Avenue. The other part-time booth is at the west end by 70th Road and Queens Blvd and has only one street stair. There are seven staircases to each platform.[28][29]


On the current MTA map[30] and published timetables,[31] the station name is "Forest Hills–71st Avenue." In the past, "Continental Avenue" (the alternative name of 71st Avenue used in nearby Forest Hills Gardens) has been included in the name[32] and is used on the rollsigns of older rolling stock such as the R32. As of 2011, the platform signage reads 71–Continental Av–Forest Hills.

Points of interest[edit]

Nearby points of interest include:


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  10. ^ a b Hirshon, Nicholas; Romano, Foreword by Ray (January 1, 2013). Forest Hills. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 9780738597850. 
  11. ^ "QUEENS TO HAVE 15-STORY HOUSE; Tall Structure for New Residential Development in ForestHills Area.NEAR BOULEVARD SUBWAYSeveral Blocks Rezoned for High Buildings Between Jamaicaand Kew Gardens. Apartment Height's Increase.". The New York Times. March 23, 1930. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 26, 2016. 
  12. ^ "NEW RETAIL AREA IN QUEENS BOROUGH; Sees Roosevelt Avenue Subway Station as Great Shopping Centre. ADVANTAGES POINTED OUT Accessibility to Many Home Communities Assures Potential Market.". The New York Times. July 9, 1933. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 26, 2016. 
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  15. ^ "PWA Party Views New Subway Link: Queens Section to Be Opened Tomorrow Is Inspected by Tuttle and Others". The New York Times. December 30, 1936. Retrieved June 27, 2015. 
  16. ^ "CITY SUBWAY OPENS QUEENS LINK TODAY; Extension Brings Kew Gardens Within 36 Minutes of 42d St. on Frequent Trains.". The New York Times. December 31, 1936. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 26, 2016. 
  17. ^ "OPENING MOVED UP FOR NEW SUBWAY; Traffic to Be Started on the Extension of City's Line to Kew Gardens on Thursday. EIGHT STATIONS ARE ADDED La Guardia and Official Party Will Inspect New Queens Branch on Wednesday.". The New York Times. December 26, 1936. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 26, 2016. 
  18. ^ a b c d Queens Subway Options Study, New York: Environmental Impact Statement. United States Department of Transportation, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Urban Mass Transit Administration. May 1984. pp. 83–. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  19. ^ a b Erlitz, Jeffrey (February 2005). "Tech Talk". New York Division Bulletin. Electric Railroaders Association. 48 (2): 9–11. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Forest Hills Subway Station Project Delayed by Three Months". DNAinfo New York. 
  21. ^ "Forest Hills Subway Station Renovation to End in March, MTA Says". DNAinfo New York. 
  22. ^ "71st Avenue Station Renovation in Forest Hills will Wrap This Month". 
  23. ^ "Forest HIlls-71st Av. ADA Elevators". Flickr. 
  24. ^ Lynch, Andrew (May 10, 2017). "New York City Subway Track Map" (PDF). Retrieved May 12, 2017. 
  25. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (September 26, 2004). The lime green trim and 71st Ave text underneath it along the platform walls at 71-Continental Av. (image). 
  26. ^ DanTD (March 16, 2017). Continental Avenue-Forest Hills; Old Sign (photograph). Retrieved July 29, 2017. 
  27. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (June 2, 2008). Looking down the Manhattan-bound platform at 71-Forest Hills as the column signs say (image). 
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  29. ^ a b c d "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Forest Hills" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved July 6, 2015. 
  30. ^ "Subway Map" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. June 25, 2017. Retrieved July 1, 2017. 
  31. ^ "E Subway Timetable, Effective June 25, 2017" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 25, 2017. 
  32. ^ "NYC Subway Historical Maps". Retrieved September 27, 2007. 

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