New York opens Fulton Center subway station

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Subway passengers in New York are getting their first glimpses of the spectacular architecture within the city’s new $1.4 billion Fulton Center station.

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has officially opened the “fully digital transit and retail hub” which has been at the centre of Lower Manhattan’s subway redevelopment since the September 11 terrorist attacks.

“This building stands as a testament to the strength and resilience New York showed on 9/11 and every day since. And it stands as a testament to what smart investments in infrastructure can do to improve a city, a state, and even a nation,” said MTA chairman and chief executive Thomas Prendergast.

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The majority of the funding for the project, $847 million, has been provided through the Lower Manhattan Recovery Grants which were set up following the attacks 13 years ago.

Around 300,000 passengers are expected to use the Fulton Center every day.

The centrepiece of the station is its 16-metre diameter glass oculus which has hanging from it the “Sky Reflector-Net” – an artistic installation created by James Carpenter Design Associates (JCDA), Grimshaw Architects and Arup.

As well as the modern new hub, the project has involved the restoration of the 125-year-old Corbin Building.

Photos courtesy of Metropolitan Transportation Authority/ Patrick Cashin

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