Articles on MTA Subway

Changes to Penn Station Area

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Completed in 1910, the original Penn Station was intended to symbolize New York’s status as the most vital city in a nation that was becoming a political and economic superpower. Traveling via the station did not make you feel comfortable, it made you feel important. Yale architectural historian Vincent Scully once wrote, “One entered the city like a god; one scuttles in now like a rat,” referring to the new Penn Station. However, the neighborhood surrounding has some big changes down the road.

NYC’s Major Subway Expansion Nearing Completion

The Upper East Side has long been famous for its expensive and luxurious homes. Not much has changed there in past years until recently. The biggest change occurring on the Upper East Side is its construction of the Second Avenue subway line. The completion of this project will mark the first major expansion of the New York City subway system in 50 years. Plans for the Second Avenue subway date all the way back to 1929. The extension of the subway line is predicted to be completed by December 2016.

AT&T to Expand Wireless Presence in NYC Subways

Commuters Using Phone On Subway

AT&T customers are in for an underground treat with the company’s latest announcement for users in New York City.

AT&T recently announced that they are expanding their contract with the Transit Wireless. The contract expansion will give 242 extra subway stations the ability to provide AT&T customers with their mobile and data services.

2nd Ave’s Subway-To-Be

Each day more than 5 million commuters ride the 209 mile-long subway lines. But in a city as wide as New York, 209 miles is far from being enough. Hence the project for the new 2nd Ave subway track, that will add 8.5 miles. Even if it appears to be a drop in the water the addition will tremendously relieve the 4,5,6 lines. 

The Saga of a Ventilation Shaft: An Allegory for New Construction

A small, diagonal pocket park lies at the intersection of Seventh and Greenwich Avenues in the West Village. Its name: Mulry Square. Not many people know of it apart from the locals who walk their dogs, run, or pass by it on their way to work every day. Yet this small triangle of green is now a lighting rod of controversy thanks to New York City’s beloved Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Underneath this stretch runs one of the city’s busiest subway lines, carrying the 1, 2, and 3 between 14th Street and Christopher Street stations. For safety reasons, the MTA needs to build a ventilation shaft and emergency exit, and Mulry Square is the only empty lot where this is possible. Unfortunately, the park sits at the dead center of Manhattan’s largest historic district.

Light at the End of the Tunnel For Upper East Siders: Second Avenue Subway Slated For Completion In 2016

Just last week, we discussed the impact of the expanded 7 train -- which will have a new terminus in West Chelsea come 2013 -- on real estate in West Chelsea and Clinton. It's really not hard to figure all that out -- condos in Chelsea would become significantly more valuable were they suddenly to be a short walk from a subway that connects them to the rest of Manhattan. The same would be true for condo listings in Clinton, Upper East Side Subway Constructionwhich is why NYC real estate developers are lobbying so hard for an additional 7 train stop at 41st Street and 10th Avenue. While we at New Construction Manhattan love us some Chelsea condos and Midtown West apartments, it's probably fair to say that the planned 7 train expansion is small potatoes compared to the opening of the long-awaited Second Avenue Subway line. While it hasn't hurt the market for or value of Upper East Side condos, one of the downsides to life on the UES is that the entire Upper East Side is served by just one subway line, which can make for some unappealing rush hours.