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Urban Canvas Adds to Second Avenue Landscape

MTA Capital Construction has installed an "urban canvas" as part of its ongoing efforts to improve the quality of life along the Second Avenue Subway construction corridor.

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In partnership with the New York City Department of Buildings, the MTA has installed one of four winning designs, namely "Green Screen" by Corinne Ulmann, on Second Avenue between East 97th and East 96th Street. This block is used as an equipment staging area for the construction of the future 96th Street station, and its former use as a park provides an appropriate context for this particular design.

The fence wrap is another part of MTA Capital Construction's initiative to minimize construction impacts while Phase 1 of the Second Avenue Subway is being constructed. MTA Capital Construction has also partnered with the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce to promote the "Shop Second Avenue, It's Worth It" campaign, and continues to maintain access to properties along Second Avenue at all times.

Phase I of the Second Avenue Subway will serve over 200,000 people per day, and will reduce overcrowding on the Lexington Avenue Line. Subway service will be provided from 96th Street to 63rd Street, with three new ADA-accessible stations at 96th, 86th and 72nd Streets, and new entrances to the existing Lexington Ave/63rd Street Station will be constructed. Phase 1 is scheduled to be completed in December, 2016.