Grand Opening: The Second Avenue Subway

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It's finally here and a century in the making!

For nearly a century, there have been plans and discussions, starts and stops - all relating to the construction of  the Second Avenue Subway.

"The Second Avenue Subway, envisioned long ago and promised in 1951, probably will never be built."    --- New York Times, 1957.

Time and again, promises were made but not kept.  Until now.

After meeting a contractor at my new lobby project on Second Avenue and 53rd Street, I walked up to 63rd and Lexington to experience the new subway.  The subway brings the Q train (linking the east side of Manhattan to the West side and ending in Queens) to 63rd and Lexington, 72nd and Second, 86th and Second and finally 96th and Second.  Plans to expand the line below 63rd are part of phase II, connecting 125th Street to Hanover Square.

The new subway is a major improvement in the lives of many New Yorkers, including me. Now the very east side of Manhattan has another line, relieving the overburdened Lexington Avenue subway  - the only line serving the east side - running from the tip of Manhattan to the Bronx.

And why do I say "Experience"?  Because the new subway line is filled with art that must be experienced.  Chuck Close, Sarah Sze, Vik Muniz and Jean Shin have contdributed to the largest permanent public art installation in New York State history.  All 4 of the new station stops include large scale installations by these well known artists - joining an extensive underground art museum funded and commissioned by MTA Arts & Design.  The focus is on portraits and mosaics and these life size figures stand like totems of New York diversity.

Riding the New York City subway system has never been better and this new underground gallery is yet another reason for people to visit and explore my incredible city. 

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Grant Schneider
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Hi Joanna - I would love to see more pictures.  If I get over there I will definitely take a look.

Jan 05, 2017 05:25 PM #2
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Marco Giancola
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Happy New Year Joanna-as a native NYer I remember talk of thos since I was a kid as I was facinated by the world under the streets. Bravo for it finally opening. Have you seen how hight the rents have climbed around the stations. I read 27%!

Jan 05, 2017 05:25 PM #3
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Steffy Hristova
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The artists have captured beautifully moods of people waiting, reading, travelling in the subway. This should be a big relief on traffic.

Jan 05, 2017 05:28 PM #4
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Beth Atalay
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Hi Joanna, finally! I worked on 47th and Third Ave., lived in Upper W Side, sometimes walking the half way was better than taking the train. Hope to experience it in person soon.

Jan 05, 2017 05:42 PM #5
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Well how about that, did not think this would happen in my life time, just like I did not think the Berlin Wall would be thorn down....Endre

Jan 05, 2017 10:30 PM #6
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James Dray
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Good morning Joanna.  Well now the first thing I thought of was of course a Subway Sandwich.  Turns out I was wrong.  I'm only allowed one error a year, good to see I got it over with early.

Jan 06, 2017 03:58 AM #7
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Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
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Hey there Grant Schneider and Jeff Dowler - the artwork makes the $2.75 entry fee worth everything even if you only go to one station at a time and you don't ride the Q!

Hey there Marco Giancola - I know all about those rents and co-op prices because I just finished remodeling two apartment lobbies whose boards wanted to make sure that their building looked up to snuff when the demand got stronger as a result of the subway!  Come back and take a look!

 

Jan 06, 2017 06:03 AM #8
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Joanna Cohlan
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Good monring Beth Atalay - I completely agree - taking the Lex and then going cross town was always a chore-I always walked-now I have a route in the Rain!  Come back and visit!

Hey there Steffy Hristova and Endre Barath, Jr. and James Dray - Phase II should open within another 2 years and yes James, there are no bananas for sale!  However, it is clean enough to eat off the floor! The artwork is so much fun-very representive of New Yorkers!

Jan 06, 2017 06:06 AM #9
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Patricia Feager
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I have a feeling great things will happen in New York this year. I've read some great projects are in the making. This art in the subway will be so much fun to bring the art world to the public in something as simple as riding the subway. Now, everyone can enjoy it! It's a brilliant idea and I hope it sets a trend for other subways throughout the United States. They are all due for renovation and a facelift. 

Jan 06, 2017 06:49 AM #10
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Joanna Cohlan
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Amen Patricia Feager - will keep you abreast of new developments in the art world and in public works projects around the city.

Jan 06, 2017 11:12 AM #11
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Michael Jacobs
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Hi Joanna -- thanks for taking us on this mini-tour of the Second Avenue subway. I love the art you shared.  I definitely need a New York City fix...and I need it baaaaad.    

Jan 07, 2017 07:33 AM #12
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Dorie Dillard
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Good morning Joanna Cohlan ,

This is truly fantastic news and I so appreciate you enlightening us on this added feature of the Second Avenue subway. The art you showed us is phenomenal capturing the essence of travelers. Truly works of art that one must experience to feel New York and all it has to offer.

Jan 07, 2017 07:57 AM #13
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Then come on down Michael Jacobs - I promise that you will have the best time and while I never want to encroach, I hope you will give me the opportunity to spend a little time with you!

I know you would love the subway Dorie Dillard - I do find it the best way to travel and now this one is actually really clean and the air smells fresh!

Jan 07, 2017 11:21 AM #14
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Michael Jacobs
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Hi Joanna -- when I make that trip, you're definitely on the "must see" list.  

Jan 07, 2017 11:25 AM #15
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
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Joanna, I am sure many are happy with the opening of this new subway in NY. I like the art and makes the ride go faster when viewing the art.

Jan 08, 2017 05:02 PM #16
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When I travel to NYC again I will be sure to take the subway. I find it fast and fun and the art is an added bit of pleasure. I need to plan extra time to enjoy it.

Jan 08, 2017 08:11 PM #17
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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
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JC~I recall our "exciting" subway experience on the way home from seeing Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway. How the propane blast shut everything down, the look of shock on everyone's faces and our Uber savior! NYC--the land of endless excitement!

Jan 10, 2017 09:24 AM #18
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Elyse Berman, PA
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Joanna Cohlan The last time I was in New York, I remember seeing it under construction.  The traffic was awful - just another New York day.  Having lived on the upper east side, I can see how much easier this new subway will make some people's lives.

Still, having ridden the subways for years, esspecially between lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, it's hard to image a NEW subway in New York.  The art looks terrific and no real subway tile!

Jan 11, 2017 06:28 PM #19
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Joanna Cohlan
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I'm taking you up on that one Michael Jacobs !

Hey there Elyse Berman - you gotta come back and enjoy the new Second Avenue line and see how it could make life better on the UES!!!!  Look forward to talking with you.

Hey there Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 - yes  we did have some excitement and of course the shut down of the trains-oy vey, not one of NYC finer moments!

Good morning Debbie Reynolds and Rebecca Gaujot, the Go To Realtor® - there is nothing like learning the subway in a new city.  I just came back from London and truthfully, the TUBE is the best way to get around-least expensive and fastest and the stops have great names!!!

Jan 14, 2017 06:57 AM #20
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My sis is in NY right now, and loving every second. Who can blame her? Such a vibrant and exciting city. Glad you've got the new Second Avenue line. D

Jan 14, 2017 11:21 AM #21
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