Photo Essay: New York’s New 34th Street-Hudson Yards Subway Station

By Jonathan Spira on 16 September 2015
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New York City’s first new subway station in a quarter century – officially the 34 St-Hudson Yards terminus of the IRT Flushing Line which carries the No. 7 train – opened to the public on Sunday. The station, which is expected to attract roughly 32,000 riders on a weekday, is on Manhattan’s West Side at 34th Street and 11th Avenue, not far from the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

The striking entrance, which is museum like and already attracts a number of tourists, is based on a design by architect Toshiko Mori and features a cloud-like glass canopy which brings natural light into the upper mezzanine.

In conjunction with the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Art for Transit program, the station has three mosaics by the artist Xenobia Bailey. One, Funktional Vibrations, is installed in an oval-shaped dome at the 34th Street entrance. The other two are at other station entrances.

The platforms, which are ten stories underground, are climate controlled and kept at a comfortable 75° F (24° C). Passengers can reach the platforms via a pair of incline elevators made in Italy by Maspero Elevatori, which are similar to those found in the French Riviera and, from a passenger perspective, reminiscent of a funicular.

(Photos: Accura Media Group)

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