61st Street–Woodside station

Coordinates: 40°44′44.19″N 73°54′10.68″W / 40.7456083°N 73.9029667°W / 40.7456083; -73.9029667
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 61 Street–Woodside
 "7" train"7" express train
New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Platform view
Station statistics
Address61st Street & Roosevelt Avenue
Woodside, NY 11377
Coordinates40°44′44.19″N 73°54′10.68″W / 40.7456083°N 73.9029667°W / 40.7456083; -73.9029667
DivisionA (IRT)[1]
Line   IRT Flushing Line
Services   7 all times (all times) <7> rush hours until 9:30 p.m., peak direction (rush hours until 9:30 p.m., peak direction)​
Platforms2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Other information
OpenedApril 21, 1917; 106 years ago (1917-04-21)
AccessibleThis station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ADA-accessible
Former/other namesWoodside–61st Street
61st Street
20223,872,081[3]Increase 27.5%
Rank64 out of 423[3]
Preceding station New York City Subway New York City Subway Following station
Queensboro Plaza
Junction Boulevard
52nd Street
7 all times

69th Street
7 all times
61st Street–Woodside station is located in New York City Subway
61st Street–Woodside station
61st Street–Woodside station is located in New York City
61st Street–Woodside station
61st Street–Woodside station is located in New York
61st Street–Woodside station
Track layout

Street map


Station service legend
Symbol Description
Stops all times Stops all times
Stops rush hours in the peak direction only Stops rush hours in the peak direction only

The 61st Street–Woodside station (announced as the Woodside–61st Street station on trains) is an express station on the IRT Flushing Line of the New York City Subway located at 61st Street and Roosevelt Avenue in Woodside, Queens. It is served by the 7 train, with additional peak-direction <7> service during rush hours.


Early history[edit]

The 1913 Dual Contracts called for the Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT) and Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company (BRT; later Brooklyn–Manhattan Transit Corporation, or BMT) to build new lines in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. Queens did not receive many new IRT and BRT lines compared to Brooklyn and the Bronx, since the city's Public Service Commission (PSC) wanted to alleviate subway crowding in the other two boroughs first before building in Queens, which was relatively undeveloped. The IRT Flushing Line was to be one of two Dual Contracts lines in the borough, along with the Astoria Line; it would connect Flushing and Long Island City, two of Queens' oldest settlements, to Manhattan via the Steinway Tunnel. When the majority of the line was built in the early 1910s, most of the route went through undeveloped land, and Roosevelt Avenue had not been constructed.[4]: 47  Community leaders advocated for more Dual Contracts lines to be built in Queens to allow development there.[5]

61st Street–Woodside opened on April 21, 1917 as Woodside, as part of an extension of the IRT Flushing Line to Alburtis Avenue (now 103rd Street–Corona Plaza). The Long Island Rail Road station predates the station, as it originally opened in 1869.

On February 29, 1928, five petitions signed with 600 names were sent to the New York State Transit Commission (NYSTC), requesting that an escalator be constructed at the station to the southeastern corner of 61st Street and Roosevelt Avenue. On July 25, the NYSTC ordered the Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT) to install a double-width escalator from the mezzanine to that corner, similar to one at the Third Avenue entrance at Grand Central station on the same line.[6][7] The new escalator was placed into service on December 27, 1930.[8]

Later years[edit]

The city government took over the IRT's operations on June 12, 1940.[9][10] The IRT routes were given numbered designations in 1948 with the introduction of "R-type" rolling stock, which contained rollsigns with numbered designations for each service.[11] The route from Times Square to Flushing became known as the 7.[12] On October 17, 1949, the joint BMT/IRT operation of the Flushing Line ended, and the line became the responsibility of the IRT.[13] After the end of BMT/IRT dual service, the New York City Board of Transportation announced that the Flushing Line platforms would be lengthened to 11 IRT car lengths; the platforms were only able to fit nine 51-foot-long IRT cars beforehand.[14][15] The platforms at the station were extended in 1955–1956 to accommodate 11-car trains.[16] However, nine-car trains continued to run on the 7 route until 1962, when they were extended to ten cars.[17] With the opening of the 1964 New York World's Fair, trains were lengthened to eleven cars.[18][19]

In 1981, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) listed the station among the 69 most deteriorated stations in the subway system.[20]

As part of the 2015–2019 Capital Program, the MTA announced plans to renovate the 52nd, 61st, 69th, 82nd, 103rd and 111th Streets stations, a project that had been delayed for several years. Conditions at these stations were reported to be among the worst of all stations in the subway system.[21] The Manhattan-bound platform at the 61st Street–Woodside station will close for renovation starting spring 2024, followed by the closure of the Flushing-bound platform. Throughout construction, trains in both directions will continue to stop at the station, and express service will be suspended.[22][23] A separate contract was awarded to Skanska-Railroad JV to further improve structural conditions in the station; work began in early 2023.[24]

Station layout[edit]

Subway platforms
Southbound local "7" train"7" express train toward 34th Street–Hudson Yards (52nd Street)
Island platform Disabled access
Peak-direction express No regular service (Queensboro Plaza westbound, Junction Boulevard eastbound)
Island platform Disabled access
Northbound local "7" train"7" express train toward Flushing–Main Street (69th Street)
2F Mezzanine Connection between subway and LIRR, station agent, MetroCard machines
Disabled access
Multiple accessible entrances:
  • Elevator at northeast corner of Roosevelt Avenue and 61st Street
  • Ramp to westbound Port Washington Branch platform from 63rd Street and Trimble Road
  • Ramp to eastbound Main Line platform from dead end at 62nd Street near Woodside Avenue
LIRR platforms
Platform C, side platform Disabled access
Track 1      Port Washington Branch toward Penn Station or Grand Central Madison (Terminus)
Track 2      Port Washington Branch toward Great Neck or Port Washington (Mets–Willets Point)
Platform B, Island platform Disabled access
Track 3      Main Line services toward Penn Station or Grand Central Madison (Terminus)
Track 1      Main Line services do not stop here →
Track 2      Main Line services do not stop here →
Track 4      Main Line services toward Jamaica and Points East (Forest Hills)
Platform A, side platform Disabled access
G Street level Entrances/exits

This station has two island platforms and three tracks. The two outer tracks are used for the full-time 7 local service while the bidirectional center track is used for rush hour peak-direction <7> express service.[25] There is a mezzanine located at the center, underneath the platforms, with an ADA-accessible elevator to each platform, as well as another to each Long Island Rail Road platform. The elevator from the mezzanine to the street stops at the LIRR's eastbound Main Line platform.

The station is about 48 feet (15 m) above street level, and is located above a natural depression in ground level along Roosevelt Avenue.[6]: 549 

Artwork includes John Cavanagh's Commuting/Community (1986), located near the stairway down to LIRR Track 4, and Dimitri Gerakaris's Woodside Continuum (1999), which forms part of the steel-grating fare-control separation.


Entrance and exit are provided by long stairs down to street level on the northern curb of Roosevelt Avenue at 61st Street, as well as to other nearby locations via the LIRR platforms. An ADA-compliant elevator provides access to street level at the northeast corner of 61st Street and Roosevelt Avenue, while a long escalator at the southeast corner provides entrance only. The Woodside station of the Long Island Rail Road is located directly beneath the Flushing Line station; any of the three LIRR platforms can be accessed directly from the mezzanine.

In popular culture[edit]

This station was used for a scene in John Cassavetes's 1980 film Gloria. The station was depicted in a scene in the Coen brothers' 2013 film Inside Llewyn Davis, though actual filming occurred elsewhere. A restaurant nearby the station was used in Law & Order: Organized Crime several times, the station was seen several times.[citation needed]


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