Northern Boulevard (IND Queens Boulevard Line)

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Northern Boulevard
NYCS-bull-trans-E.svg NYCS-bull-trans-M.svg NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Northern Blvd - Platform.JPG
Manhattan bound platform.
Station statistics
Address Northern Boulevard & Broadway
Queens, NY 11377
Borough Queens
Locale Woodside
Coordinates 40°45′12″N 73°54′25″W / 40.753239°N 73.906918°W / 40.753239; -73.906918Coordinates: 40°45′12″N 73°54′25″W / 40.753239°N 73.906918°W / 40.753239; -73.906918
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: Q18, Q66
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened August 19, 1933; 83 years ago (1933-08-19)
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[1][2]
Passengers (2015) 2,282,296[3]Decrease 0.4%
Rank 218 out of 425
Station succession
Next north 65th Street: E late nights M weekdays until 11 p.m. R all hours except late nights
Next south 46th Street: E late nights M weekdays until 11 p.m. R all hours except late nights

Northern Boulevard is a local station on the IND Queens Boulevard Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Northern Boulevard and Broadway, 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 except nights.


Track layout
to 65 St
to 46 St

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 Northern Boulevard.

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
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound local NYCS-bull-trans-M.svg toward Metropolitan Avenue weekdays (46th Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg toward Bay Ridge–95th Street (46th Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-E.svg toward World Trade Center late nights (46th Street)
Northbound local NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg (NYCS-bull-trans-M.svg weekdays) toward Forest Hills–71st Avenue (65th Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-E.svg toward Jamaica Center late nights (65th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Express tracks
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 →
South side of Northern Boulevard

The station has two tracks and two side platforms. The express tracks are below the station and not visible from the platforms. West of the station, the express tracks turn south under Northern Boulevard. The tile band is Puce with a black border, and a number of replacement tiles in different shades of violet and purple have been placed during repairs. The station's name is abbreviated as "N BLVD" on the tile captions.

There are heavy columns across one part of the station, where the New York Connecting Railroad to the Hell Gate Bridge crosses over. There is an older style wooden token booth in the mezzanine of the uptown entrance.

In the western half of this station, the express tracks go underneath the local tracks to run along Northern Boulevard. A short distance east of here, the express tracks rise to the same level as the local tracks. To the south (geographical west) of this station, there is a single crossover connecting the two tracks.

There is an emergency exit at the western end of the Forest Hills-bound platform at this station, which leads to the D3 and D4 express tracks below.

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.[15][16]


The station's exits are at the western end at Northern Boulevard and Broadway. Fare controls are at platform level and there are no crossovers or crossunders. The booth on the southbound side is full-time. Each fare control area has one street stair. There are closed exits at the eastern end on both sides.[17] The IND "56th Street" direction tile and arrow are left intact on both platforms under the "Northern Blvd" tablet.


  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, (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 
  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". 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. 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. August 17, 1933. p. 18. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  15. ^ "MTA Will Completely Close 30 Subway Stations For Months-Long "Revamp"". Gothamist. Retrieved 2016-07-18. 
  16. ^ "MTAStations" (PDF). Government of the State of New York. Retrieved 2016-07-18. 
  17. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Astoria" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 

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