Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Photo courtesy of Assemblyman David Weprin
Photo courtesy of Assemblyman David Weprin
State Senator Tony Avella, Assemblyman David Weprin and Briarwood Community Association President Seymour Schwartz pose with residents in front the new Briarwood subway sign.

What’s in a name? A lot, according to the MTA and local subway riders.

The subway station formerly dubbed “Briarwood-Van Wyck Boulevard” will now simply be known as “Briarwood” after a name change on Friday. State Senator Tony Avella, Assemblyman David Weprin and Briarwood Community Association President Seymour Schwartz unveiled the renaming outside the station, which is located near the Briarwood library at the intersection of Main Street and Queens Boulevard.

The original name of the station came from its proximity to Van Wyck Boulevard, a thoroughfare later widened and converted into the Van Wyck Expressway. Residents have long campaigned to have the name changed to avoid confusion for newcomers finding their way around the community.

“It took us 14 years, but we did it, and the initiative taken on our behalf by our representatives, Assemblyman David Weprin and state Senator Tony Avella, helped us to reach this terminal goal,” said Schwartz.

“It is about time that the name of this neighborhood’s only train station reflects the people who live here, not a street that once ran through the area,” Avella said.

The station is served by the E and F subway lines and is adjacent to the Van Wyck Expressway, a major thoroughfare running from JFK Airport to Northern Boulevard.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

Comments:

Join The Discussion



Related Stories
Archbishop Molloy HS to honor former student Howard Beach jogger Karina Vetrano at June vigil
Archbishop Molloy HS to honor former student Howard Beach jogger Karina Vetrano at June vigil
Briarwood middle school gets brand-new science lab and state-of-the-art learning devices
Briarwood middle school gets brand-new science lab and state-of-the-art learning devices
Popular Stories
Photo courtesy of CNN/Parts Unknown
Anthony Bourdain will eat his way through Queens in Sunday's episode of 'Parts Unknown'
Renderings courtesy of The Trust for Public Land
Check out the vision for a new park eyed on the 'QueensWay' through Glendale & Forest Hills
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Ciskevin
Flushing's Holy Cross High School announces it will go co-ed in 2018


Skip to toolbar