2019-01-09 / Features

39th Ave. Train Station To Be Co-Named ‘Dutch Kills’


Straphangers who travel on the elevated MTA N/W subway line in Long Island City and Astoria will notice a long-awaited name change at the 39th Avenue station when an overhaul is completed there in the near future.

Workers installed new signage last week, changing the name of the station from 39th Avenue to “39th Avenue-Dutch Kills,” catapulting the name of the centuries-old community into much-deserved celebrity. 39th Avenue used to be co-named “Beebe Avenue.”

The elevated station, located in the heart of the Dutch Kills community in Long Island City, received its name when it first opened in 1917, according to MTA records. Neighbors rallied by the Dutch Kills Civic Association started petitioning the MTA years ago for the name change, DKCA President George Stamatiades said. “It was an amazing moment, when we first saw the new signs on the station.”

The MTA will formally introduce the new name at a ceremony when the station is reopened, an agency spokesperson said. “What a New Year’s gift,” Stamatiades said. “Dutch Kills is finally on the (subway) map!” The new signage at 39th Ave-Dutch Kills train station on the N/W line.

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