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2nd Avenue Subway Enters a New Phase

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced that the Second Avenue Subway expansion project that would extend the Second Avenue line to 125th Street in East Harlem has moved to the engineering phase of the project timeline.

Governor Kathy Hochul and the MTA announced that the 2nd Avenue Subway expansion project will now enter the engineering phase.

This is all due to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act signed by President Biden in November that has provided $23 billion in new grant opportunities for transit expansion, a historic level of funding that is now being used in Phase 2 of the Second Avenue Subway (SAS2).

Phase 2 will include the construction of three new subway stations at 106th Street, 116th Street, and 125th Street in East Harlem. The governor noted that she’d spoken to “Secretary Buttigieg who shared the exciting news that the U.S. Department of Transportation is making a huge step forward on Phase 2 of the Second Avenue Subway expansion, which will unlock incredible potential for the people of East Harlem in expanding transit equity and economic opportunity.”  She also noted that she has made a clear commitment to the people of East Harlem that she would keep this project moving swiftly.

Approximately 70% of East Harlem residents use public transportation to get to work, much higher than the citywide average of 55%. The expansion of the Second Avenue Subway would help advance the Biden administration’s and New York State’s goal for transportation equity and would improve the local community’s access to jobs, health care, and other services, while reducing congestion, both on the streets and on the Lexington Avenue subway line and improving air quality.

MTA Acting Chair and CEO Janno Lieber said, “The East Harlem community has been waiting for the Second Avenue Subway for decades. The new line extension will build on the success of Phase 1 and bring the total Second Avenue Subway ridership to 300,000, which is equivalent to the entire Philadelphia rail system. A big thank you to the FTA for moving the project to the next stage. My team is ready to go.”

Phase 1 of the project extended the Q line from 63rd Street to 96th Street and was New York City’s biggest expansion of the subway system in 50 years. Service opened on January 1, 2017, with additional stations at 72nd Street and 86th Street. Since its completion, the Second Avenue Subway has carried more than 130 million passengers and carried more than 200,000 passengers on a pre-pandemic day.   

Fast facts to know

  • This phase of the project will extend train service from 96th Street north to 125th Street, approximately 1.5 miles; 
  • There will be new stations at 106th Street and 116th Street on Second Avenue and 125th Street at Park Avenue; 
  • Phase 2 will provide direct passenger connections to the Lexington Avenue (4/5/6) subway line at 125th Street and an entrance at Park Avenue to allow convenient transfers to the Metro-North Railroad 125 Street Station; 
  • Each station will have above-ground ancillary buildings that house ventilation mechanical and electrical equipment. These will include space for possible ground-floor retail; 
  • Expansion will serve an additional 100,000 daily riders; 
  • Will provide three new ADA-accessible stations – raising the bar for customer comfort and convenience; and 
  • Increased multimodal transit connectivity at the 125th Street station – with connections to the 4/5/6, Metro-North trains and the M60 Select Bus Service to LaGuardia Airport, allowing convenient transfers to other subway and commuter rail lines, facilitating smoother, faster transportation across the city and region.

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer said, “The Second Avenue Subway Phase II project advancing into project engineering is great news for the people of East Harlem and all of New York City. Long envisioned – but unfortunately too long delayed – the project is now full-speed ahead. I was pleased to secure the historic $23 billion in grant funding for mass transit capital projects in the bipartisan Infrastructure & Jobs law, and will fight to ensure this critical project gets its fair share.”

East 129th Street Renamed: Ann Petry Place

After years of work, petitioning, and navigating bureaucratic morass, the renaming of East 129th Street has finally been approved. East 129th Street (at 5th Avenue) will be renamed Ann Petry Place. Ann Petry was a celebrated Black author whose novel, The Street, became the first novel by a Black woman to sell over a million copies.

Petry’s interest in the lived experience of Black Harlemites, and Black Americans as a whole, brought the difficult and constrained choices to an enthusiastic readership.

Petry lived at 2 East 129th Street while she wrote The Street, and the super and his dog who are charaters in the novel, are said to be modeled on Ann Petry’s real life super and his dog.

Patch is also reporting that Harlem and East Harlem had a number of co-named streets approved. To see Nick Garber’s full list, click here:


Celebrate 3 Kings at El Museo

45th Annual Three Kings Day (Hybrid) Celebration KICK-OFF!Saturday, December 18 – Sunday, December 19, 2021
El Museo de Barrio is excited to kick-off its Three Kings Day Celebration at the Harlem Night Market this weekend! Our theme this year is Somos el Cambio: Protecting the Environment for Future Generations, honoring the work of those who call on us to sustainably steward our environment, and help foster cultural transformation through community empowerment and artistic expression. Details for January 6th coming soon!
We invite you all to support local businesses, enjoy live music, and community at La Marqueta (116th St and Park Ave). Proof of vaccination and ID required to enter indoor spaces, as well as face coverings. Activities include:
PARRANDA EN EL BARRIO!Saturday, December 18 | 4pm – 5pmEl Barrio and La Marqueta (116th St and Park Ave) Get your maracas and join El Museo and Los Pleneros de la 21 as we kick off our Three Kings Day Celebration with a parranda along East 116th Street ending in a lively performance at the Harlem Night Market at La Marqueta. Organized by the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Union Settlement, and Uptown Grand Central, the event brings together dozens of local vendors from East Harlem and beyond. Proof of vaccination and ID required to enter indoor spaces.  
MANOS A LA OBRA: Crown-Making Workshop 4pm – 6pm (December 18) & 3pm – 6pm (December 19)Urban Garden Center at 116th St and Park AveCalling all Kings (and Queens), get your crowns ready for El Museo’s Three Kings Day (Hybrid) Celebration! Join the Museum’s artist educators for a crown-making workshop for all ages at the Urban Garden Center’s Family Tent, part of the Harlem Night Market. Create your own jeweled headdress to wear on January 6th.