NYP: ‘Subway stations retain signs and streets of places that no longer exist’
In Sunnyside, Queens, residents were in an uproar in 1998 when the MTA moved to change the name of the “46th Street-Bliss Street station” on the No. 7 line.
Renamed 46th Street in the 1920s — when the citywide street grid was imposed on the independent towns that made up the borough of Queens — Bliss Street was a confusing blast from the past. The MTA planned to change the name, but residents revolted.
“One of the attractions of moving to Sunnyside was getting on and off the train at Bliss Street,” said Pat Dorfman, who started the petition to save the Bliss Street subway name and collected 1,900 signatures in favor of keeping the link to the past.
In 2003, she successfully petitioned the City Council to also rename part of 46th Street “Bliss Street,” and saved the name of her station.
“They may not have official status as street names any longer, but they do have a historical context,” Seaton said.