Second Avenue Subway Set to Open New Year's Day

Email a Friend
The Second Avenue subway extention is set to open January 1, 2017.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the Second Avenue subway will open on New Year's Day.

Service between 63rd Street and 96th Street will be open to the public at noon on Jan. 1, 2017.

"It's going to be an accomplishment, and a proud accomplishment, for every New Yorker," Cuomo said, during a news conference at the Museum of Modern Art on Monday. "For the design, for the architecture, for the competence that made it possible, and for the art that you see throughout it."

The art covering the walls at each of the four new stations — 63rd Street, 72nd Street, 86th Street, and 96th Street — was created by four different artists.

Artist Jean Shin used old photographs, transforming them into mosaics featuring scaffolding, cityscapes, and people going about everyday activities, like reading and pushing strollers.

She said she hopes her artwork "enlivens" commuters' experiences.

"Hopefully they're both being aware of their present surroundings, but also being transported elsewhere in their imagined space," she said.

Chuck Close's pieces at the 86th Street Station feature close-up portraits of New Yorkers, including himself.

Vik Muniz made mosaics from photographs he took of New Yorkers, including soccer players and a costumed character.

And at the 96th Street Station, artist Sarah Sze's "Blueprint for a Landscape" features windblown items like paper, swirling along the walls in vivid blue and white.

What's your favorite piece of subway art? Tweet us a photo @WNYC