“The transit center, very much, is the tip of the
iceberg,” said Andrew Whalley, who spoke for Grimshaw, the architecture
firm designing the station. “It’s very much about connecting
The dots in this case are 12 separate subway lines, spread
over 1000 feet from the 2/3 station on the east to the R/W station
about 1000 feet on
the west. Private transit companies built these stations over a span
of about 30 years in the early 1900s with no thought to a creating a
whole; turning the stations from competitors into collaborators has proven
to be a very difficult project.
The new station leaves an opening to
connect to any future 2nd Avenue Subway. It will also connect to the
Zero transit hub a block to the west.