What New Yorkers Are Saying About Their Brand-New Subway Station

What New Yorkers Are Saying About Their Brand-New Subway Station

The city’s first grand opening since 1989.

Hudson Yards subway stop

People enter the new station at 34th Street and 11th Avenue. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

For the first time since 1989, the New York City subway system welcomed a new stop with the 7 train’s West Side Hudson Yards station on 34th Street. Not only does the opening mark the first new station in over a quarter of a century, it’s also the first paid for by the city in over 60 years, according to the New York Times.

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s determination to make a 7 train extension happen caused him to skip the waiting phase in funding from MTA and instead use tax increment financing, issuing bonds for the construction to be repaid by future tax revenue from developers who would see a rise in property value in the area after project completion.

Funding, apparently, isn’t so wonky of an issue that the matter didn’t overshadow the expansion’s grand opening.

Digs even came from outside New York.

Of course, some of the first passengers were just happy to celebrate one thing: that new-subway-station smell.

See below for a better look at the new station from MTA.

Marielle Mondon is an editor and freelance journalist in Philadelphia. Her work has appeared in Philadelphia City Paper, Wild Magazine, and PolicyMic. She previously reported on communities in Northern Manhattan while earning an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University.

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