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TurnStyle Columbus Circle: Food hall and retail shops open in subway station

Subway stations aren't usually associated with high-end coffee, artisan pizza or vegan food, but with the opening of TurnStyle at Columbus Circle, that's changing.

The first of its kind and four years in the making, TurnStyle is a privately financed retail and food development. Susan Fine, the developer of TurnStyle, said the 30,000-square-foot project is a "prototype" that may influence future subway station developments in NYC. TurnStyle has a 30-year lease with the MTA, which owns the property. Fine isn't new to transforming transit hubs; in the 1990s she worked on turning Grand Central Terminal into the retail destination it is today.

There are 20 eateries and 17 retail shops. Some are permanent and others are pop-ups.

TurnStyle opens at 5 p.m. on April 19 and will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Entrances are located on Eighth Avenue between 57th and 59th streets.

Take a look around.

Welcome to TurnStyle

There are seven entrances from the street and
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There are seven entrances from the street and into the two and a half-block long subterranean shopping and eating development.

More colorful entrances

Developer Susan Fine said the entrances to TurnStyle
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Developer Susan Fine said the entrances to TurnStyle on the east side of Eighth Avenue at both 57th Street and 58th Street are the only orange subway entrances in the entire city.

Here's where TurnStyle meets the station

Dylan's Candy Bar is located by the entrance
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Dylan's Candy Bar is located by the entrance to the subway station and the turnstyles. You don't need to swipe to shop and eat.

Stock up on truffles

At the Swedish coffee shop FIKA, order a
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At the Swedish coffee shop FIKA, order a coffee or latte, a sandwich or some fancy chocolate truffles.

Or get your juice fix

Popular Los Angeles-based juice bar Pressed Juicery has
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Popular Los Angeles-based juice bar Pressed Juicery has an outlet at TurnStyle. Order one juice or sign up for a cleanse.

For lunch, taouk chicken from Semsom

Order up some contemporary Lebanese food at Semsom.
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Order up some contemporary Lebanese food at Semsom.

Other food vendors include: Blossom du Jour (vegan), Bolivian Llama Party, Bosie Patisserie (teas, macaroons), By Suzette (crepes), Casa Toscana (gelato, Tuscan sandwiches), Ellary's Greens (vegetarian and vegan), Gastronomie491 (grocery and cafe), Georgia's Cafe (baked goods) and Greyston Bakery.

The space is design-forward while retaining a subway vibe

Tiled tables are set up over tiled floors
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Tiled tables are set up over tiled floors that developer Fine said are inspired by the Gustavino tiles found in Grand Central Terminal.

TurnStyle is located on an old IRT concourse

Closed since 2009, the concourse between 57th and
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Closed since 2009, the concourse between 57th and 59th streets is more than 100 years old, developer Susan Fine said. For TurnStyle, it was completely renovated by the firm Architecture Outfit, which used multiple local craftsmen's wares to help build out the space.

Design elements from Red Hook

Stephen Nielson of Architecture Outfit hired Kammetal of
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Stephen Nielson of Architecture Outfit hired Kammetal of Red Hook, Brooklyn to create the dark metal stencil designs and mirrors that line the ceiling of TurnStyle.

'Jumping the TurnStyle'

Live performances will be held at TurnStyle every
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Live performances will be held at TurnStyle every day as part of a series called Jumping the TurnStyle, developer Fine said. Upcoming: Rodney James Duo (Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra) on April 20 at 3 p.m. and Robbie Lee Duo (Essentially Ellington) on April 23 at 3 p.m.

Pick up a bottle on the way home

Kit's Underground Wine & Spirits offers a highly
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Kit's Underground Wine & Spirits offers a highly curated selection, and an entire table for wines $15 and under.

Or something for your dog?

Stop at Dog & Co. for something special
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Stop at Dog & Co. for something special for your best friend.

Other shops at TurnStyle: Arth (Japanese-made hats), Bombas (With each sock purchase, a pair of socks are donated), Cellairis (cellphone cases and repairs), Elma Blint (jewelry), Fab (pop-up shop featuring gifts and accessories), Flower Girl NYC, Lush (cosmetics, body products), Marc Tetro (art, prints), Project No. 8 (travel gifts), R. Nichols (gifts), SDV Designs (jewelry), Specs (sunglasses), Spectre & Co. (menswear), Studio Manhattan (leather accessories) and The New Stand (modern newsstand).

TurnStyle is a new kind of shopping 'mall'

The designer said she wants TurnStyle to provide
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The designer said she wants TurnStyle to provide a "memorable shopping experience" for both tourists and New Yorkers.

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