Sutphin Boulevard (IND Queens Boulevard Line)

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This article is about the station at Sutphin Boulevard and Hillside Avenue. For the station at Sutphin Boulevard and Archer Avenue on the IND/BMT Archer Avenue Lines, see Sutphin Boulevard–Archer Avenue–JFK Airport (Archer Avenue Lines). For the station serving on the BMT Jamaica Line, see Sutphin Boulevard (BMT Jamaica Line).
Sutphin Boulevard
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Sutphin Blvd Station by David Shankbone.jpg
A mosaic and stair at Sutphin Blvd; an R46 F train is shown at the far right.
Station statistics
Address Sutphin Boulevard & Hillside Avenue
Queens, NY 11435
Borough Queens
Locale Jamaica
Coordinates 40°42′21″N 73°48′35″W / 40.705726°N 73.809714°W / 40.705726; -73.809714Coordinates: 40°42′21″N 73°48′35″W / 40.705726°N 73.809714°W / 40.705726; -73.809714
Division B (IND)
Line IND Queens Boulevard Line
Services       F all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: Q20A, Q20B, Q43, Q44 SBS, X68
Bus transport MTA Bus: Q40
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened April 24, 1937; 80 years ago (1937-04-24)
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[1][2]
Passengers (2015) 1,506,607[3]Increase 2.6%
Rank 308 out of 425
Station succession
Next north Parsons Boulevard: F all times
Next south Briarwood: F all times

Sutphin Boulevard is a local station on the IND Queens Boulevard Line of the New York City Subway. Located at Sutphin Boulevard and Hillside Avenue in Jamaica, Queens, it is served by the F train at all times.

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
to Parsons Blvd
to Briarwood
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-F.svg toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (Briarwood)
Southbound express NYCS-bull-trans-E.svg does not stop here (rush hours only)
Northbound express NYCS-bull-trans-E.svg does not stop here (rush hours only) →
Northbound local NYCS-bull-trans-F.svg toward Jamaica–179th Street (Parsons Boulevard)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
144th Street stair

This underground station opened on April 24, 1937, and has four tracks and two side platforms. The two center express tracks are used by the limited rush hour E service to Jamaica – 179th Street. Some of the black columns separating the local and express tracks have white signs reading "Sutphin" in black lettering.

The platforms have a yellow trim line on a black border while the name tablets read "SUTPHIN BLVD." in white sans serif lettering on a black background and yellow border. Blue I-beam columns run along both platforms at regular intervals with alternating ones having the standard black station name plate in white lettering.

This station has a full length mezzanine above the platforms and tracks supported by blue i-beam columns.


The full-time fare control area is at the east (railroad north) end. It has a turnstile bank, token booth, and three street stairs: two going up to either southern corner of the T-intersection of Sutphin Boulevard and Hillside Avenue, and the other to the northwest corner of 148th Street and Hillside Avenue.[4] On the opposite side of the full-time turnstile bank, there was an unstaffed fare control area that has a single staircase going down to each platform and is now gated off. The staircase to the Manhattan-bound platform is closed (directional mosaic signs still exist), but the one to the 179th Street-bound platform remains open and has an exit-only turnstile.

The other fare control area at the station's west end is un-staffed, containing just full height turnstiles and two street stairs going up to the southwest and northeast corners of 144th Street and Hillside Avenue.[4] Its booth was removed in 2003.

In popular culture[edit]

In the movie Coming to America, Eddie Murphy's character, Akeem, tries to persuade his love interest to marry him and go to Zamunda, a fictional kingdom in Africa. He follows her onto a New York City Subway train. When the train stops, she tells him "no" and gets off. Akeem stays on, dejected, and as the train leaves the station, "Sutphin" can be seen on the wall tiles.[5] This scene was actually shot at the unused platform and tracks of Hoyt–Schermerhorn Streets station.


  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 April 19, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Jamaica" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  5. ^ "'COMING TO AMERICA'". Queens Chronicle. Retrieved April 28, 2016. 

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