Queensboro Plaza

Queensboro Plaza

Once the site of an 18th-century village called Dutch Kills, Queens Plaza as we know it began with the opening of the Queensboro Bridge in 1909. By 1915, a tangle of elevated tracks — eight in total — had begun (NY Times). The BMT operated the northern half of the station and the IRT ran the southern end. The Second Avenue El once came here until it closed in 1942. It’s abandoned tracks were demolished in 1964 (Pirmann). After a series of rail and service changes, Queensboro Plaza is presently serviced by the N and Q trains in addition to the 7. Since 2001, a major rezoning that allowed high-rises opened the door to increased development, including residential, commercial and hotel space (NY Times). With the City’s expanding development, the Q is soon to be rerouted to the Second Avenue line, and will be replaced by the W.

Birthday November 16, 1916
Locale Long Island City
Tracks Local/Express
ADA-Compliant
Free Crossover

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Riders' Tips ?

Alternative Transit Options

  • Take the N or Q Train to 59 St-Lexington Ave for connections to the 4, 5, or 6 Train.
  • Take the Q32, Q60 or Q101 bus to reach midtown Manhattan.
  • Take the F Train at 21 Street-Queensbridge (on 41st Avenue and 21st Street — 5-6 blocks away) for Manhattan-bound service.
  • Take the E, M, or R Train at Queens Plaza (located 3 blocks east at the foot of the Sunnyside Rail Yard bridge).

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Top Complaints ?

  • Overcrowing

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Future Plans

  • There are plans to install third rail heaters to reduce the impact of ice and snow. Launch details are unknown at this time.