Island Park station

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Island Park
Island Park LIRR Station.JPG
Island Park Station house
LocationLong Beach Road & Austin Boulevard
Island Park, New York
Coordinates40°36′02″N 73°39′19″W / 40.600433°N 73.655388°W / 40.600433; -73.655388Coordinates: 40°36′02″N 73°39′19″W / 40.600433°N 73.655388°W / 40.600433; -73.655388
Owned byLong Island Rail Road
Platforms2 side platforms
ConnectionsLocal Transit Nassau Inter-County Express: n15
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zone7
ElectrifiedSeptember 1910
750 V (DC) third rail
Previous namesThe Dykes (1898 – 1924)
Passengers (2006)2,220[1]
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg LIRR   Following station
Long Beach Branch
Former services
Oceanside   Long Beach Branch   Wreck Lead

Island Park is a station on the Long Island Rail Road's Long Beach Branch serving the residents of Island Park, Barnum Island, and Harbor Isle. It is the penultimate station on the branch. The station can platform a 12-car train and is fully wheelchair accessible with ramps from street level. Parking facilities are also available. Southwest of the station the train crosses over Reynolds Channel.

The station is located at the southern intersection of Long Beach Road and Austin Boulevard (Nassau County Routes 1A and 1, respectively), and is 23.7 miles (38.1 km) from Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan. The average commute time between Island Park and Penn Station is 45–50 minutes. The average commute time between Island Park and Jamaica is 25–30 minutes.


View of both platforms at the Long Beach Road crossing

Island Park station was built as a signal stop by the New York and Long Beach Railroad in April 1898 as The Dykes and served as a flag stop during much of the early 20th Century. In 1922, developer Edgewater Smith changed the name of the island from Jekyl Island to Island Park, however the name of the station wasn't changed until 1924, the previous name that replaced the former Jekyl Island Station (see below) to the north.[2] The existing station building was built in May 1923.

Jekyl Island station[edit]

Jekyll Island station was originally built in 1901 as Barnum Island station on the south side of the northern Long Beach Road grade crossing[3] The station was renamed as Jekyl Island station in 1903, and then renamed "Island Park" station in October 1921. Due to an increase in development on the south side of the island,[4] the station was closed in July 1922[5] and the name was moved to the site of the old flag stop formerly known as "The Dykes." The site of the former Jekyl Island Station is now occupied by a residential cul-de-sac named D'Amato Drive, which is only accessible from Parente Lane North.[6]

Station layout[edit]

This station has two slightly offset high-level side platforms, each 10 cars long.

Ground/platform level
Exit/entrance and buses
Platform A, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
Track 1 Long Beach Branch toward Jamaica, Atlantic or Penn Station (Oceanside)
Track 2 Long Beach Branch toward Long Beach (Terminus)
Platform B, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access


  1. ^ Average weekday, 2006 LIRR Origin and Destination Study
  2. ^ "The Long Island Rail Road: A Comprehensive History Volume #5 (New York, Woodhaven & Rockaway Railroad; New York & Rockaway Beach railway; New York & Long Beach Railroad; New York & Rockaway railroad; Brooklyn rapid transit operation to Rockaway; Over L.I.R.R.)", by Vincent F. Seyfried
  3. ^ Historic Map Works LLC. "Historic Map: Lynbrook, Rockaway East, Rockville Centre, Baldwin, Freeport, Ocean Shore, Atlas: Nassau County 1906 Long Island, New York - Historic Map Works, Residential Genealogy ™".
  4. ^ "Village History". Village of Island Park.
  6. ^ "40.603056,-73.656944 - Google Maps".

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