Steinway Street (IND Queens Boulevard Line)

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Steinway Street
NYCS-bull-trans-E.svg NYCS-bull-trans-M.svg NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Steinway Street Station by David Shankbone.jpg
A mosaic at Steinway Street with R46 R train at the station.
Station statistics
Address Steinway Street & Broadway
Queens, NY 11103
Borough Queens
Locale Astoria
Coordinates 40°45′31″N 73°55′08″W / 40.758668°N 73.918934°W / 40.758668; -73.918934Coordinates: 40°45′31″N 73°55′08″W / 40.758668°N 73.918934°W / 40.758668; -73.918934
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: Q101, Q104
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) 4,779,346[3]Decrease 0.6%
Rank 99 out of 425
Station succession
Next north 46th Street: E late nights M weekdays until 11 p.m. R all hours except late nights
Next south 36th Street: E late nights M weekdays until 11 p.m. R all hours except late nights

Steinway Street is a local station on the IND Queens Boulevard Line of the New York City Subway. 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 46 St
to 36 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 Steinway 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
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound local NYCS-bull-trans-M.svg toward Metropolitan Avenue weekdays (36th Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg toward Bay Ridge–95th Street (36th Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-E.svg toward World Trade Center late nights (36th Street)
Northbound local NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg (NYCS-bull-trans-M.svg weekdays) toward Forest Hills–71st Avenue (46th Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-E.svg toward Jamaica Center late nights (46th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

This station has two tracks and two side platforms. The platform tiles are white with a purple trim line and narrow black border. Beneath them are black tiles with the word "STEINWAY" in white. The name tablets have a purple border, white letters, and black tile backgrounds. Purple i-beam columns run at regular intervals along both platforms.

South of this station, the express tracks rejoin the local tracks and the line becomes four tracks again.


There are two separate mezzanines, one at each end of the station, and crossover is allowed on both of them. The full-time side on Steinway Street near Broadway has two street stairs. This side has two small staircases to the southbound side and a single platform-wide staircase on the northbound side. The part-time side at 34th Avenue and Steinway Street currently has no booth (it had been completely dismantled for asbestos abatement), and is HEET turnstile access at all times. This side has two stairs to the street to the northeast and southwest corners, and one to each platform.[15]


  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 Neighborhood Maps: Long Island City" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 

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