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Mapping NYC Subway System – Rockaway Peninsula NYC Subway Stations with No Accessibility

The mapping of the New York City Subway system continues. Here are the panoramic views of the 10 subway stations/stops/entrances on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens New York, where there are only TWO (2) accessible stations. That means that since the Rockaway Peninsula is a Level 1 evacuation zone, every must evacuate in the event of a major storm. If someone lives alone, has no family, friends or caregivers, they may be stranded in a life threatening situation. This scenario is obscene and the MTA can do better. Here then are the panoramic views with each station labelled via Google Maps.



The Panoramic Views above are of the Mott Ave – Far Rockaway station which is accessible and is the last stop on the A train.

Here are Panoramic Views of the Beach 25 Street – Wavecrest Station. Please note: This station is NOT accessible.

The Panoramic views above are of the Beach 36 St – Edgemere Station. This station is NOT accessible.

Here are panoramic views of the Beach 44 St Station Frank Avenue. This station is NOT accessible.

Here are Panoramic Views of the Beach 60 St Station – Straiton Avenue. This station is NOT accessible.

Here are Panoramic Views of the Beach 67 St Station – Arverne By The Sea. This station is NOT accessible.

Here are Panoramic Views of the Beach 90 Street/Holland station. This station is NOT accessible.

Here is the Beach 98 Street – Playland station. This station is NOT accessible.

Here is the Beach 105 Street – Seaside station. This station is NOT accessible.

Here is the Rockaway Park Station – Beach 116 Street station. This station is NOT accessible. There you have the most comprehensive mapping of the Rockaway Peninsula subway stations and entrances. I did not do panoramic views of the platforms since that is useless and the Google Maps views shows that pointer at ground level, so it distorts that information. I dont look at this as work but more like a cardio workout on an early Saturday morning in the spring in New York City. It was fun, the scenery is gorgeous and of course I took pictures and panoramic views of Rockaway Beach, Fort Tilden and Jacob Riis Gate National Park with the horses and all. Stay very tuned for our next series of meetups in the NYC area with a NYC transit accessiblity awareness and correction theme.

LocalGuide NYC Subway Google Maps Editing Meetup

On April 1, 2017, I had the very good fortune to meet up with a team of New York City Angels.  We all are Google Localguides and some of us are even Google Trust Photographers.  I too am a localguide and trusted photographer, so this venture is important to me. Previously, through the good folks at Google NYC, I set up a Google Meetup to convene to map New York City subway locations, entrances/stations.  Another important initiative, was to bring awareness of those locations, entrances and stations, which are not accessible to our New York City neighbors who are physically challenged.

We did this by taking regular photos with our smartphones and our digital cameras, both of which are GPS enabled, that is, which report the longitude and latitude of the particular location.  Now that the NYC transit system is fully WIFI enabled, photos including panoramic views and videos, report the GPS location once they are added to Google Maps and Google Street view.

The image below is of one of the entrances of the 14th Street Union Square station.  Note that this entrance is not accessible to our physically challenged neighbors, although there is braille directions on one of the support beams of the entrance.  Across the park near Broadway is the accessible entrance.

Here are some other photos, most of which are panoramic views which I shot using the RICOH Theta S on a Google Inc provided selfie stick.

This is the 14th Street and 8th Avenue Station which has an operating elevator and is therefore accessible.

Here is one of the many entrances at 14th Street and 6th Avenue. There is the L, F, M, passageway to the 1, 2, 3 and PATH and of course, no accessibility.


Here is the hub for the 1, 2, 3 and an underground passageway to the L, F, M, PATH trains but alas, no accessibility. We shall call this the superhero stop since superheros scale buildings in single bounds but we humans use mobile chairs, walkers, etc.


Here is our final pep talk before we go forth and Map.  (Photo courtesy of LocalGuide and Googler Corrie Davidson)


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Local Guide Pep Talk and 14th St Union Square



Here is a photo taken by LocalGuide Becky Curran of the signage at 14 Street – Union Square Station and shows accessibility information

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Union Square Station Accessibility Information


On our way to our next station location, localguide and Googler Sasha Blair-Goldensohn took this photo at ground level to show the accessibility challenges above ground while simply trying to negotiate a street crosswalk.

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Sidewalk Accessibility?