West Side Development
The Line extension benefits a variety of individuals and groups. Here you will find a brief overview of seven of the major enhancements and improvements the Line extension offers New York City’s west side.
The Line extension maximizes transit access to Manhattan’s Far West Side, further enabling the commercial and residential growth of this emerging neighborhood. The Line Subway Extension and zoning amendments for the area support over 50 million square feet of anticipated office, commercial and residential space to Hudson Yards, with much of the development already under way by developers. The Line extension is anticipated to serve over 25,000 peak hour passengers when the area is fully developed, continuing to improve New York City and the MTA’s culture of public transit, while also making a major contribution to carbon emission reduction.
The Line extension is helping to foster growth and development on the Far West Side by improving connections and accessibility to emerging businesses in this exciting new neighborhood. The New York City Industrial Development Agency is working to encourage commercial development projects in the Hudson Yards area, and the subway extension further helps these businesses flourish.
The Line provides the Far West Side with connecting access to the . Connectivity also includes the M34, M34A, and M42 buses. The extension provides improved access to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Grand Central Terminal, Penn Station, and PATH trains to New Jersey.
While the MTA is making efforts throughout the city to update existing station conditions, the new Line station at 34th Street and 11th Avenue is in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Unique to New York City Transit (NYCT), state-of-the-art inclined elevators were installed at the new entrance to improve accessibility service to individuals with disabilities.
The two entrances to the new 34th Street Station each feature NYCT’s first hybrid glass canopy design, which many refer to as the “Turtle Shell” (the secondary station entrance at 11th Avenue between 34th and 35th Streets has not been opened yet). The clear glass shells serve as aesthetic features to the expanding urban environment.
The ancillary structures, buildings that house crucial ancillary and ventilation equipment needed for train operations, have façade paneling which future developers will be able to remove to create a well-integrated aesthetic to their business front, adding to the innovative urban design of the area.
The Line extension also serves as a direct connection to Hudson Park & Boulevard, a new 4-acre green space in the heart of Hudson Yards. The park is transforming the once industrial area into a vibrant community for pedestrians to enjoy. The park is not only environmentally sustainable, it also offers space for a variety of activities including farmers markets, bike lanes and walking paths. The two new subway entrances (only one of which is currently open) have been located in the park, ensuring easy access to these exciting green developments.
The Line extension is helping to achieve one of the goals of the MTA’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Sustainability, namely to ensure that all new residential and commercial growth in the MTA region between 2008 and 2030 is concentrated within a half-mile of an MTA station, known as transit-orientated development. The Line project is an important element in developing sustainable infrastructure for the significant anticipated growth of the area.
Xenobia Bailey Artwork
Ms. Xenobia Bailey’s artwork consists of mosaics in three locations that total approximately 2,788 square feet.
At the main entrance, an expansive architectural form is suspended above the main escalator and stair entrance which was designed by Dattner Architects as the main artwork site. Here the art features a series of overlapping mandala-like circles in various patterns set against a deep blue background. In the upper right corner a sun-like form emits rays of contrasting color bands. Starbursts of bright light appear through the blue background. The glass mosaic artwork is vibrant, joyous and rich with pattern and texture.
Bailey sees the work as speaking to the creation of the universe as well as her own creative process, which uses textiles, yarn and beads, for example, to create a unified artwork that vibrates with energy. She refers to her accumulation of materials as being in the tradition of African-American homemakers’ domestic interiors, where one made do with what was available, and made it into something new and wonderful, as well as the soulful music of the 60’s with which she grew up. She considers this the art of funk, and has lectured and written about this thread of art history.
Inside the station mezzanine, there is a conical ceiling element. Its sides contain mosaics, which are also set against a deep blue background and have the repeating mandala forms. These began as crocheted pieces transformed into digital images and were enlarged and interpreted into mosaic by Miotto Mosaic Art Studio.
At the adjacent secondary entrance that is still under construction, a square shaped architectural feature above the stairs and escalator will serve as the frame for the third piece in the suite of three glowing mosaic art works.
MTA Arts & Design commissions permanent art for installation in new and rehabilitated stations creating meaningful connections between sites, neighborhoods, and people. To learn more about the art, visit www.mta.info/art