They say good things come to those who wait. Well, plenty of New Yorkers like myself, have found themselves waiting a long time for this one. Almost a hundred years to be exact. Well, on January 1st, 2017, the Second Avenue Subway was (finally!) unveiled. Phase 1 of this plan welcomed the addition of three new stations; 72nd Street (pictured above), 86th Street and 96th Street. In the future, there are hopes to extend the line even further into Harlem. This helps to alleviate some of the congestion on the 4/5/6 trains that I used to take every day to get to school. Now with the Q train running along Second Ave, getting to the Upper East Side has never been more accessible. The stations themselves are truly beautiful, although they lack the old New York charm that their predecessors have. I try and take the Q every time I have to get up to the UES from Union Square, but on the rare occasion in which taking the 6 is a necessity, I do notice a significantly less number of people on it, which is always a good thing. Less people means more standing room and the one thing I hate about the subway is when it gets so crowded that people are jammed into the cars like sardines. If you live in Manhattan and have yet to take the Second Avenue Subway, what are you waiting for?!?! Only $2.75 separates you from the greatest ride of your life. Yes, its just a subway car, but seeing the designs of the new stations is pretty interesting. If you’re planning a trip, be sure to check them out! It’s basically a piece of New York City history, as many subway stations are (more to come on that in a future blog post). It took them almost a hundred years to finish Phase 1, who knows when Phase 2 and 3 will be finished?
Why are you still reading this? Swipe your MetroCard and head uptown!
Want to make the ride even better? Listen to The Velvet Underground and Nico. Trust me on this one.