Sutphin Boulevard (IND Queens Boulevard Line)

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 Sutphin Blvd
 "F" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Platform at Sutphin Boulevard station, December 2017.JPG
Eastbound platform at Sutphin Boulevard station in 2017
Station statistics
AddressSutphin Boulevard & Hillside Avenue
Queens, New York
Coordinates40°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
DivisionB (IND)
LineIND Queens Boulevard Line
Services      F all times (all times)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: Q20A, Q20B, Q43, Q44 SBS, X68
Bus transport MTA Bus: Q40
Platforms2 side platforms
Other information
OpenedApril 24, 1937 (82 years ago) (1937-04-24)[1]
Station code257[2]
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[3][4]
Passengers (2017)1,338,831[5]Decrease 5.3%
Rank318 out of 425
Station succession
Next northParsons Boulevard: F all times
Next southBriarwood: 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.


The Queens Boulevard Line was extended from the previous terminal at Kew Gardens–Union Turnpike to a new terminal station at 169th Street on April 24, 1937.[6][1][7][8]

In 1953, the platforms were lengthened at 75th Avenue and Sutphin Boulevard to 660 feet to allow E and F trains to run eleven car trains. The E and F began running eleven car trains during rush hours on September 8, 1953. The extra train car increased the total carrying capacity by 4,000 passengers. The lengthening project cost $400,000.[9]

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
G Street level Exit/entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard machines
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound local "F" train toward Coney Island via Culver (Briarwood)
Southbound express "E" train does not stop here (rush hours)
Northbound express "E" train does not stop here (rush hours) →
Northbound local "F" train toward Jamaica–179th Street (Parsons Boulevard)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
144th Street stair

This underground station 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.[10] 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.[10] 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.[11] This scene was actually shot at the unused platform and tracks of Hoyt–Schermerhorn Streets station.


  1. ^ a b "New Subway Link to Jamaica Opened; La Guardia, City Officials and Civic Groups Make Trial Run on 10-Car Train". The New York Times. April 25, 1937. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  2. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  3. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  4. ^ 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."
  5. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2012–2017". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  6. ^ * "Subway Link Opens Soon: City Line to Jamaica Will Start About April 24" (PDF). The New York Times. March 17, 1937. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  7. ^ Kramer, Frederick A. (1990). Building the Independent Subway. Quadrant Press. ISBN 978-0-915276-50-9.
  8. ^ Roger P. Roess; Gene Sansone (August 23, 2012). The Wheels That Drove New York: A History of the New York City Transit System. Springer Science & Business Media. pp. 416–417. ISBN 978-3-642-30484-2.
  9. ^ Ingalls, Leonard (August 28, 1953). "2 Subway Lines to Add Cars, Another to Speed Up Service" (PDF). New York Times. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  10. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Jamaica" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  11. ^ "'COMING TO AMERICA'". Queens Chronicle. Retrieved April 28, 2016.

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