$1.4B Fulton Center opens in Lower Manhattan

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LOWER MANHATTAN (PIX11/AP) — The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has unveiled the Fulton Center as the new landmark transit hub in Lower Manhattan.

Officials say the transit and retail hub will serve as Lower Manhattan's next great public space — encased in a glass and steel shell with a soaring, light-filled atrium. It also includes nearly 66,000 square feet of retail and office space.

The $1.4 billion center will accommodate up to 300,000 daily riders using the 2, 3, 4, 5 subway lines, plus the A, C, J, Z and R.

“This new transit hub will go a long way toward enhancing the travel experience of hundreds of thousands of customers.  They will finally benefit from a thoughtful design that vastly improves passenger flow throughout the station, minimizes congestion and makes transferring far easier than ever before,” said New York City Transit President Carmen Bianco.

Construction of the Fulton Center includes the restoration of the 125-year-old Corbin Building.

A pedestrian tunnel will lead to the trade center. That is set to open at the end of 2015.

Fulton Center also features advertising, retail and commercial space. MTA Arts & Design will also showcase the work of artists.

New York Minute by new media artist Gabriel Barcia-Colombo opened the agency's new digital arts program. It depicts New Yorkers in super dlow motion.

New York Minute is a large-scale 52-channel video installation on display through spring 2015 at the and in its Dey Street pedestrian tunnel that connects to the R line. It is shown on 52 screens ranging from the 55-inch LCD screens that line the Dey Street concourse to LED walls, measuring 31.5 feet by 18.9 feet, on the street level.

“Fulton Center represents the future of the MTA, so we looked to technology that also would move Arts & Design into the future. A digital arts program gives us the opportunity to offer temporary art, to work with new digital artists and to produce art that engages our customers in a more immediate way,” said Sandra Bloodworth, director of MTA Arts & Design. “Large-scale electronic displays like the one in Fulton Center open up a world of possibility for new media artists to connect with our customers, whether it’s through a piece that makes them pause and smile or inspires a thought that stays with them on their journey.”

"The new Fulton Center complex is another example of how we are rebuilding Lower Manhattan which will spur a resurgence throughout the area," Governor Andrew Cuomo said. "This new station makes traveling easier for subway riders, and is a beautiful public space for visitors and commuters to enjoy."