Sutphin Boulevard (IND Queens Boulevard Line)
|New York City Subway station (rapid transit)|
Eastbound platform at Sutphin Boulevard station in 2017
|Address||Sutphin Boulevard & Hillside Avenue|
Queens, New York
|Line||IND Queens Boulevard Line|
|Services||F (all times)|
|Transit connections|| NYCT Bus: Q20A, Q20B, Q43, Q44 SBS, X68|
MTA Bus: Q40
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Opened||April 24, 1937|
|Passengers (2017)||1,338,831 5.3%|
|Rank||318 out of 425|
|Next north||Parsons Boulevard: F|
|Next south||Briarwood: F|
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.
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.
|M||Mezzanine||Fare control, station agent, MetroCard machines|
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
|Southbound local||← toward Coney Island via Culver (Briarwood)|
|Southbound express||← does not stop here (rush hours)|
|Northbound express||does not stop here (rush hours) →|
|Northbound local||toward Jamaica–179th Street (Parsons Boulevard) →|
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
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. 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. Its booth was removed in 2003.
In popular culture
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. This scene was actually shot at the unused platform and tracks of Hoyt–Schermerhorn Streets station.
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