Astoria Boulevard subway station project

Roger Stern

Residents, merchants dreading 9-month Astoria Blvd station closure

March 17, 2019 - 3:50 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Sunday, bloody inconvenient Sunday.

New Yorkers who take the N and the W trains from Queens into Manhattan will have a major closure to deal with.

The Astoria Boulevard station will close Sunday night at 10 p.m. and will remain closed for the next nine months.

The MTA says this is part of a multi--phase project to restore the Astoria line and also add four new elevators and make the station to be the first to be 100 percent accessible for wheelchairs. 

Commuters aren't looking forward to te inconvenience.

"I live right around the corner and having the stop so close to my apt is a big reason why I moved here," one woman told 1010 WINS' Roger Stern.

Another man told Stern the closure will add about an extra 15 minutes to his commute.

Business owners nearby are worried about the impact it will have on their shops since the station will be closed for so long. 

Jewel Kim has operated a grocery store here for 35 years and said he may have to close but will wait to see what business is like Monday morning.

Like 1010 WINS on Facebook and follow @1010WINS on Twitter to get breaking news, traffic, and weather for New York City.