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Saturday, May 19, 2018

New-ish Station, at 86th Street

Photo by myself at the 86th Street subway station on the Upper East Side.

At long last, the subway has been expanded along Second Avenue up the Upper East Side. This is kind of old news, but I still have trouble getting over the fact that it was done. The project was talked about for years and years, and I really didn't think it would happen.

The station at 86th Street is quite large, with giant murals here and there. The older stations are cramped and dirty, so this place is a dream. The Second Ave. line allows people to travel from 86th Street all the way to Brooklyn on an express train. If you lived on York or First Avenue, you'd have to walk several long blocks to Lexington, which is no fun in the winter.

This station opened in January, 2017.

A giant Chuck Close self-portrait greets you near the entrance.

Related posts: Subway Conductor, on the Job, Strangers, Below Columbus Circle, and Under the Tracks, in Bensonhurst.