New MTA open space in Midtown features waterfall, light show

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There's a new place in Midtown Manhattan to escape the hustle of the city during the day.

The MTA included some open space along East 50th Street between Park and Madison in the East Side Access project, which will bring the LIRR into Grand Central.

“This ‘pocket park’ is truly an oasis in the midst of Manhattan’s concrete jungle,” said Dr. Michael Horodniceanu, president of MTA Capital Construction. That's the MTA agency in charge of megaprojects, including East Side Access.

The sitting area also serves as a ventilation complex for the new tracks and concourse. It also provides off-street access to the giant underground concourse.

Passers-by note the water and light feature. The park area added about $2 million dollars to the project, says Horodniceanu.

PIX11 News Reporter Greg Mocker asked officials about the design and purpose of the place.

The mega-project has been subjected to delays and higher costs. It is not scheduled to be complete until 2022 at a cost of $10 billion dollars.

The City of New York is considering a number of midtown rezoning proposals. Access to open space and improving traffic and pedestrian flow will have to be a part of final plans, says Councimember Dan Garodnick.

CLICK HERE: See potential additions and designs for Grand Central rezoning