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Woodhaven Boulevard, sometimes referred as Woodhaven Boulevard–Slattery Plaza, is a local station on the New York City Subway's IND Queens Boulevard Line. However, there were plans to convert this station into an express one once the line from lower Roosevelt Avenue Terminal station and the Rockaway–Winfeld Spur opens. A close observation on the outside of both ends of this station does reveal that the tunnel wall extends outward to allow space for an island platform. The IND Second System was never built so this is still a local station.
The station was renovated in the 1990s, but retained the original "Woodhaven Blvd–Slattery Plaza" name tablet and "Horace Harding Blvd" directional signs below them. The Queens Center Mall first opened in 1972, but the name conversion on subway maps was not in use until the late 1980s. There is no direct indoor access to the Mall's entrance across 59th Avenue from the full length mezzanine. This mezzanine allows crossover from any of the station's four staircases from each platform (total of eight staircases). The full time side at the west end of the mezzanine has three street stairs. One leads to north side of Queens Boulevard and 59th Avenue, the closest to the mall. The other two staircases are through a semi long passageway to the south side of Queens Boulevard and both sides of Woodhaven Boulevard. Had the Winfield spur been built, this passageway would have allowed a free transfer between the two lines. The part time side at Horace Harding Blvd. has a former booth and one street stair. Since the construction of the Long Island Expressway in the mid-1950s, the station entrance at street level appears to be "orphaned," out of character with the rest of the area since there is nothing for 300 feet in any direction and is too close to an expressway exit ramp.
The 1996 artwork here is called In Memory of The Lost Battalion by Pablo Tauler. It uses nine support beams in the station's mezzanine to create different materials, including stainless steel, to honor the soldiers who served in the 77th Infantry in Yaphank, New York during World War II.
On both sides of this station, there are bellmouths made for the Rockaway/Winfeld Spur.
- nycsubway.org — IND Queens Boulevard Line: Woodhaven Boulevard/Queens Mall
- Station Reporter — R Train