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The crazy hot 4/5/6 train platforms are finally getting ventilated

Rebecca Fontana

Greetings, Upper East Siders (and Lower East Siders and Brooklynites)—we have news for you on your neighborhoods’ MTA train lines. No, it’s not the debut of the 2nd Avenue subway, which is still stuck in construction purgatory, but a completely different project to fix the 4/5/6!  

Home to some of the hottest subway stations in New York, the East Side’s line has a portion that hasn't had a ventilation update since the 1920s. Since subway stations are one thing that should not be vintage, this new project will add a brand-spanking-new ventilation system to the 4/5/6 on Lexington Avenue between 33rd Street and Grand Central to pump in fresh air during emergencies. (Record-high temperatures count as an emergency, right?)

Construction will take about four-and-a-half years to complete, and the MTA is considering tearing up Park Avenue at several possible locations for construction. We'll be holding our breath until then. 


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