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Little Neck station

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Little Neck is a station on the Long Island Rail Road's Port Washington Branch in the Little Neck neighborhood of Queens, New York City. The station is at Little Neck Parkway and 39th Road, about half a mile (800 m) north of Northern Boulevard. Little Neck station is 14.5 miles (23.3 km) from Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan, and is the easternmost station on the Port Washington Branch in New York City. The station house is located on the south (eastbound) side, unlike most station houses on the Port Washington Branch. The station is part of the CityTicket program and is in Zone 3.

Little Neck
Little Neck LIRR jeh.JPG
Looking east
LocationLittle Neck Parkway and 39th Road
Little Neck, Queens, New York
Coordinates40°46′30″N 73°44′27″W / 40.775°N 73.740744°W / 40.775; -73.740744Coordinates: 40°46′30″N 73°44′27″W / 40.775°N 73.740744°W / 40.775; -73.740744
Owned byLong Island Rail Road
Platforms2 side platforms
ConnectionsLocal Transit NYCT Bus: Q12, Q36
Local Transit MTA Bus: QM3
Local Transit Nassau Inter-County Express: n20G
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zone3
OpenedJuly 1870 (F&NS)[1]
ElectrifiedOctober 21, 1913
750 V (DC) third rail
Passengers (2006)2,886[2]
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg LIRR   Following station
toward Penn Station
Port Washington Branch

Little Neck Parkway at the west end of the station crosses the line at the only at-grade railroad crossing on the Port Washington Branch, and one of the few remaining in New York City. It is regarded as one of the most dangerous railroad crossings in the city,[3][4] as the other crossings carry few trains, usually only freight trains late in the night (such as on the Montauk Branch west of Jamaica station and the Bushwick Branch, both un-electrified).


The original station house was built between February and May 1870 by the Flushing and North Side Railroad, and is one of only two built by the F&NS along the Port Washington Branch. The depot was built on the south side of the tracks and east of Little Neck Parkway. The station building was erected by Benjamin Wooley, and was 16 by 26 feet, two stories high, with a high platform in front, and 75 feet long. The station cost $1,500. The station opened in July 1870 as Little Neck, superseding earlier Little Neck station, which reverted to the name of Douglaston. It was replaced by the Long Island City and Flushing Railroad in 1890 with a second station house. The former F&NS depot is now located on a local street off Northern Boulevard.[5]

There is a pedestrian overpass at mid-platform links the eastbound and westbound platforms. This overpass was closed and was demolished in September 2016 even though it was refurbished in 1989.[6][7] It was replaced by a prefabricated span in late October 2016.[8]

Station layoutEdit

Little Neck station platforms (March 2019)

The station has two high-level side platforms, each 10 cars long.

Mezzanine level Crossover between platforms
Ground/platform level
Entrance/exit and buses
Platform A, doors will open on the right  
Track 1 Port Washington Branch toward Penn Station (Douglaston)
Track 2 Port Washington Branch toward Great Neck or Port Washington (Great Neck)
Platform B, doors will open on the right  


  1. ^ Vincent F. Seyfried, The Long Island Rail Road: A Comprehensive History, Part Two: The Flushing, North Shore & Central Railroad, © 1963
  2. ^ Average weekday, 2006 LIRR Origin and Destination Study
  3. ^ "Perilous Crossings".
  4. ^ Rhoades, Liz (November 26, 2003). "Pedestrians Crossing At LIRR In Little Neck Still Problematic". Queens Chronicle. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  5. ^ "PORT WASHINGTON BRANCH Part 2 Auburndale to Port Washington - Forgotten New York". Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  6. ^ "MTA LIRR - Little Neck". Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  7. ^ "MTA | news | Rehab Includes Refurbished Waiting Room & Larger Restrooms". Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  8. ^ "Don't get towed! Parking lot at Little Neck LIRR station closes early today -". Retrieved October 23, 2016.

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