It's finally here. After taking nearly a century to build, the 2nd Avenue subway extension in Manhattan opened on Sunday — with excitement and complaints.Three new stations opened at 72nd, 86th, and 96th Streets. The route is an extension of the Q line, which now runs from the Upper East Side in Manhattan to Coney Island in Brooklyn.
THE EPIC STORY OF THE NEW SUBWAY STATIONS
Visual storytelling by Lucas Compan
Hundreds came out New Year's Day to ride the train in New York City, cheering as it left the station. That may sound odd, but this wasn't just any subway or any old station, it was the stuff of urban legend: the Second Avenue subway line.
To understand the crowd, you have to go back to the 1920s when the idea for the subway line was first floated but never left the station because the Great Depression hit, in 1929. Emma G. Fitzsimmons (a transit reporter at The New York Times) breaks it down so we can better explore the milestones and the long wait.
MILESTONES IN THE BUILDING OF THE SECOND AVENUE SUBWAY
Building a subway along Second Avenue is recommended by an official in New York City named Daniel L. Turner as part of an ambitious plan to expand the city’s transit system.
The city’s transportation board proposes a Second Avenue subway line from Houston Street to the Harlem River at a cost of $800 million, with a possible connection to the Bronx. A short time later, the stock market crashes, and the plans are shelved.
The Third Avenue elevated train line on the Upper East Side starts to be dismantled. A new plan for a Second Avenue subway line moves forward.
A bond issued is approved to spend $500 million on the subway, but the funds are instead used to improve the existing system. The Third Avenue elevated line is removed.
A Second Avenue groundbreaking is held at 103rd Street, and construction begins on a line that would run along most of Manhattan’s East Side. Then New York City nearly goes bankrupt, and work is halted. Three pieces of the tunnel had already been built near Canal Street, 105th Street and 120th Street.
Another push begins to build a Second Avenue line, though a smaller segment is proposed from 63rd Street to 96th Street.
Watch this interesting video highlighting subway trips during the 1990s
The project is becoming a reality through the efforts of some highly skilled, well-paid craft workers. The yellow “tarps” are permanent insulation and vapor barriers that will help keep the line dry when the concrete is poured and the trains start running and carrying 200,000 passengers per day.
Watch the video to learn more about the details of this project – told by an insider
2017 - FINALLY!!!
The first section ( 72nd, 86th, and 96th stations) of the Second Avenue subway opens to the public.
Watch this great video from the grand opening day, January 1st, 2017
RUN, EVERYBODY! LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE NEW STATIONS.
LIVE VIDEO FROM THE NEW SECOND AVE. x 72ND
THE ART OF THE SECOND AVENUE SUBWAY STATION
Just swipe your MetroCard and enjoy some of the world's most famous artists installations, on 63rd, 72nd, 86th, and 96th subway stations.
Watch this excellent video to explore the art and the artists's stories with art installations on Second Avenue new subway stations
What follows is the new subway’s art, created at a cost to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of $4.5 million, out of an overall budget of $4.45 billion. Four artists were chosen beginning in 2009, from a pool of more than 300 high-profile applicants, to treat the stations as their very own and make them into individual installations.