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The art of the Second Avenue subway (PHOTOS)

A sneak peek at the original artwork that will be displayed in the long-awaited line’s four stations.

The opening of New York’s newest subway line is still more than a week away, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave a glimpse of what some of its stations will look like on Monday.

The governor revealed the original artwork that will decorate the first phase of the Second Avenue subway, which is slated to open Jan. 1.

The four stations will double as a gallery like no other, showcasing works that range from a gritty, raw and realistic image of New York’s own Lou Reed by Chuck Close to Jean Shin’s compositions that harken back to the city’s past — perhaps even to 1919, when the East Side subway line was first proposed.

The four stations the art will be displayed are 96th, 86th, 72nd and 63rd streets.

The Second Avenue subway is expected to open Jan. 1, with its inaugural ride on Dec. 31, its original target opening. Construction began in 2007.

Phase 2 will eventually extend to 125th Street.

To see more of the art from the Second Avenue subway line, including the works in production, visit the MTA’s Flickr page.

 

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