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Fulton Center Facts

  • The Fulton Center is projected to serve 300,000 customers daily, making it the busiest transit hub in Lower Manhattan
  • 85% of all Downtown Manhattan access trips are made by mass transit
  • The Fulton Center will be home to over 65,000 square feet of new retail and commercial space
  • There were over 350 unique terra cotta molds used for the restoration of the historic Corbin Building
  • The Sky-Reflector Net system will have 952 uniquely shaped reflective panels that will help re-distribute natural light
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When Fulton Center opens, it will immediately take its place among New York City's great public spaces. A downtown "Grand Central," Fulton Center will serve as an essential transportation and retail hub in Lower Manhattan, providing seamless transfer for approximately 300,000 passengers of the A Line C Line J Line Z Line 2 Line 3 Line 4 Line 5 Line and R Line lines with improved access to the E Line and 1 Line lines.

Prior to the Fulton Center project, passengers had to maneuver through a complicated series of ramps, stairs, and passageways to access their trains, with frequent bottlenecks at the busy 4 Line 5 Line to A Line C Line transfer point. Platform overcrowding and lack of ADA accessibility also made the complex difficult to navigate.

The Fulton Center will feature open direct paths, widened corridors, and new mezzanines to separate entering, exiting, and transferring customers.

This will better distribute passengers, decrease overcrowding, and vastly reduce train loading and unloading delays, improving the overall customer experience. For a look at all the improvements click here.

Commuters are already benefiting from the Fulton Center project with new station entrances at Broadway and Dey Street as well as William and Fulton Streets. Station rehabilitation improvements have simplified transfers and made connections among the nine subway lines easier to navigate. The addition of digital signage and wayfinding systems will provide an even more convenient navigation experience.

When additional work by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is completed, underground connections will allow customers to access the PATH trains and transfer to the E Line and 1 Line lines.

The economic benefits to the community will be substantial as well. This iconic development, to be managed through a public private partnership, includes 65,000 square feet of commercial space, with more than 50 revenue-generating multimedia displays in the newly constructed Fulton Center and along the Dey Street concourse.

Like Grand Central, Fulton Center is destined to develop its own success as a brand name for excellence. Fulton Center shopping and dining is expected to generate millions of dollars in economic activity downtown.

Fulton Center and the Corbin Building will be a unique blend of historic and modern architecture that will integrate and improve downtown mass transit, providing new shopping experiences and a unique destination for commuters and tourists alike.

While the Transit Center building exemplifies state-of-the-art architecture and design the adjacent Corbin Building, an 1889 structure that is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places, is equally dedicated to historic preservation.

The extensive and complex restoration process to bring back the former grandeur of the Corbin Building included some of the following work: underpinning the building, mostly by hand, to shore up the structure; reconstructing the parapets on the roof of the building as well as repairing the roof itself; restoring elements of the interior of the building such as the main central staircase and the building’s windows; and installing two new escalators through the building’s basement to street level to connect passengers from the Dey Street Concourse. Over 350 uniquely molded terra cotta pieces were restored or replaced on the exterior façade recapturing the building's original coloration and significantly restoring the prominence of the architectural features much as they existed over a century ago.

In order to preserve the Corbin Building’s ornamental terra cotta tile façade, a natural mineral coating called Keim was applied. The Keim coating was color matched to bring out the vibrancy of the original palette, and also serves as weather proofing to protect against the elements and pollutants. The Corbin Building also employs a passive, animal friendly, ‘bird netting’ system that was strategically placed to prevent pigeons from roosting on the windows and damaging the terra cotta.

MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design commissioned Sky Reflector-Net, an artist/architect/engineer collaboration amongst James Carpenter Design Associates (JCDA), Grimshaw Architects and Arup to create an integrated-artwork that folds the presence of the sky deep into Fulton Center. Sky Reflector-Net, created though this merging of art,architecture and engineering, contains a total of 952 reflective panels attached to a delicate cable-net system suspended within Fulton Center's conical interior. Reminiscent of the surface of a soap bubble, it draws the eye upward to observe the rhythms of the sky, defining this newest civic space, that is destined to become the city's next "must see" attraction.

This work is also part of the Fulton Center's commitment to green technology. With the soon-to-be iconic oculus and cable netting system redirecting sunlight into the lowest levels of the building. Energy consumption will be reduced by 15 percent. The Fulton Center is anticipated to be LEED Silver certified.

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 web.mta.info/art

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