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72nd Street Subway Station


Humidity 42%. Temperature 26°F. North-easterly, 5m/h wind.

Sector

Connections

Service

Landscape Architecture

Client

MTA / NYCT

Location

New York, NY

Status

Complete

Completion

2003

Site Area

1 Acre

Architect

Dattner Architects

The 72nd Street subway station lacked free transfer between uptown and downtown subway lines. To remedy the condition, the project closed a major thoroughfare to create public open space and room for a new headhouse. MNLA's design for the 17,000 sf plaza incorporates activities that complement the site’s intermodal purpose by offering retail amenities for transit passengers including a weekend farmers market and encouraging pedestrians to enjoy the tranquil green oasis of Verdi Square.

The design integrates two formerly unconnected remnant spaces of a paved traffic triangle and fenced-off Verdi Square into an ensemble that reads as a harmonious phrase of music. The space is organized to clarify pedestrian circulation. The center is intentionally open for circulation and is punctuated by a circular granite inlay that makes reference to a Verdi opera while the main routes of travel are lined with comfortable shaded seating areas. 

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This project did the unprecedented: it closed a major thoroughfare to create public open space.

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