As someone who was born in and grew up in New York City, I spent a good part of my life on the New York City Subway System. Name a line: I have been on it. Name an end of a line: I have been there. Of course, it is probably hard to believe but the subway now is much better than it was in my formative * years. To get an idea of what it was like then, just watch a film from the late 70’s or early 80’s like “The French Connection.”
Still, I had no idea that a subway line could be beautiful as well as efficient. That can best describe the Second Avenue Subway. When commuters descend into the Second Avenue subway’s four stations, at 96th, 86th, 72nd and 63rd Streets,— they will find one of the most ambitious contemporary art projects that the MTA has ever undertaken. Elevators ( which are glass) actually work. Escalators whisk* you upstairs in seconds. And the subway entrances on the street remind one of Paris .
Many of the NYLC community have little reason to actually visit the Upper East Side where the subway runs. However, if you get out on any of the stations, you will be surprised by the plethora of restaurants that have sprouted* along the route.
If you want to see beautiful art in mosaics and amazing architecture and engineering, remember, it is only the cost of a Metrocard.
*formative years: the years that made me who I am
* whisk: to carry quickly
*sprouted: suddenly appeared