West Side Development
The line extension will benefit a variety of individuals and groups. Here you will find a brief overview of seven of the major enhancements and improvements the line extension will offer New York City’s west side
The Line Extension will maximize transit access to Manhattan’s Far West Side, further enabling the commercial and residential growth of this emerging neighborhood. The Line Subway Extension and proposed zoning amendments for the area will support over 50 million square feet of anticipated office, commercial and residential space to Hudson Yards. The Line Extension is anticipated to serve over 35,000 peak hour passengers, 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 will help 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 will further help these businesses flourish.
The Line will provide the Far West Side with connecting access to the . Connectivity will also include the M34, M34A, and M42 buses. The extension will provide 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 will be in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Unique to New York City Transit, state-of-the-art inclined elevators will be installed at the new entrance to improve accessibility service to individuals with disabilities.
The two entrances to the new 34th Street Station will each feature NYCT’s first hybrid glass canopy design, which many refer to as the “Turtle Shell.” The clear glass shells will serve as aesthetic features to the expanding urban environment.
The ancillary structures, buildings that house crucial anncillary 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 will also serve as a direct connection to Hudson Park & Boulevard, a new 4-acre green space in the heart of Hudson Yards. The park will transform the once industrial area into a vibrant community for pedestrians to enjoy. The park will not only be environmentally sustainable, it will also offer space for a variety of activities including farmers markets, bike lanes and walking paths. The two new subway entrances will be located in the park, ensuring easy access to these exciting green developments.
The Line Extension will help in achieving 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 piece of developing sustainable infrastructure for the significant anticipated growth of the area.
Xenobia Bailey Artwork
Ms. Xenobia Bailey’s artwork will consist of mosaics in three locations that total approximately 2,788 square feet.
At the main entrance, an expansive architectural form will be suspended above the main escalator and stair entrance which was designed by Dattner Architects as the main artwork site. Here the art will feature 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 will emit rays of contrasting color bands. Starbursts of bright light will appear through the blue background. The glass mosaic artwork will be 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 will be a conical ceiling element. Its sides will contain mosaics, which will also be 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, 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 for Transit and Urban 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