The West 35th Street/Hudson Blvd entrance under construction. Image via Wiki Commons.
The Manhattan 7 subway extension makes it the only line south of 59th Street to offer service west of Ninth Avenue, providing a long-awaited public transit option–with a station at 34th Street and Eleventh Avenue–for the Jacob Javits Convention Center, the High Line, and Hudson River Park and serving as a selling point for Hudson Yards and the many new developments rising on the far west side. Delays plagued the extension overall, with its opening in September of 2015 happening two years behind its original scheduled date. It was announced at the time that the station’s second entrance on 35th Street would take longer to complete. Now, two years later, the second entrance is open.
“Funktional Vibrations” at the 34th Street entrance, via Wiki Commons
The new entrance at West 35th Street and Hudson Boulevard East adds three low-rise escalators and a set of stairs from the street to the mezzanine level–the platform level of the station is 125 feet below street level. It’s also the location of the third and final mosaic in the installation “Funktional Vibrations” by Xenobia Bailey, consisting of 2,788 square feet of mosaic tiles, commissioned by MTA Arts & Design through an international competitive selection process. The station’s modern amenities include an air-tempered platform level, 14 Help Point Intercoms which enable customers to communicate with station agents or the Rail Control Center in case of an emergency, eight On-the-Go digital information kiosks, five other digital information panels and cell phone/Wi-Fi connectivity.
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