Union Hall Street station
The facade where Union Hall Street LIRR station used to be, today an entrance to York College (CUNY)
|Location||Archer Avenue and Union Hall Street|
Jamaica, Queens, New York
|Owned by||Long Island Rail Road|
|Line(s)||Main Line and Montauk Branch|
|Opened||June 24, 1890|
|Closed||1905 (or 1911), May 20, 1977|
|Rebuilt||1913, 1929–1931 (Grade elimination)|
|Electrified||August 29, 1905|
|Previous names||New York Avenue|
A station opened at New York Avenue (now Guy R. Brewer Boulevard) on June 24, 1890, when the local Atlantic Avenue rapid transit trains were extended from Woodhaven Junction through Jamaica to Rockaway Junction. The station was closed in 1905, but in response to complaints about the reopening of Jamaica station on Sutphin Boulevard (primarily because the downtown core of Jamaica was centered on Union Hall Street, the site of "Old Jamaica"), the LIRR opened a new one a block away at Union Hall Street in 1913, when the tracks through Jamaica were grade-separated. Union Hall Street station was built near the site of the "Old Jamaica station," originally at ground level and eventually elevated between 1929 and 1931.
The construction of the newer Jamaica station led to commercial development around Sutphin Boulevard, and as a result, the new station became Jamaica's primary LIRR station. Eventually, the Union Hall Street station's patronage dropped, since it was only half a mile from the station at Sutphin Boulevard. Union Hall Street closed on May 20, 1977, although in recent years a decorative wall mimicking a station house was placed over the bridge where the former Union Hall Street station was located. Twelve years after the station closed, the Jamaica Center–Parsons/Archer subway station opened, two blocks west of the former Union Hall Street station. However, the subway station was intended to replace the former 160th Street elevated station a block north on Jamaica Avenue.
- Media related to Union Hall Street (LIRR station) at Wikimedia Commons
- Original Union Hall Street Station image (Unofficial LIRR Site)