Transit Coolest subway stations in NYC By GEORGIA KRAL Updated June 15, 2015 10:54 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email The New York City transit system is complex and gigantic. It's loved and hated. But parts of it are also very beautiful. Here are some of the coolest subway stations in the system. East 180th St., West Farms Photo Credit: Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin This station, which looks nothing like any other MTA subway stations, underwent a top-to-bottom renovation in 2012 that took 2-years and cost $66 million. The station, which serves both the 2 and 5 subway lines, links travelers with the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden. Originally, the North Bronx transit terminal, it served as an administrative building for an old railway system. It boasts an impressive a terracotta roof and a commanding location on top of a rock. All aboard, indeed. The Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side Photo Credit: Scott Beale/ Laughing Squid/ laughingsquid.com When it comes to transformative subway stations, the 81st Street/ Museum of Natural History station comes immediately to mind. Exiting the subway and stepping onto the platform can feel like your first step into the museum itself. Beautifully elaborate tiles bring to life animals, birds and mammals and vivid color instantly brightens the mood. How lucky are those commuters who live or work nearby and see this on the daily? Smith-9th Streets, Carroll Gardens Photo Credit: MTA New York City Transit / Marc A. Hermann The Smith-9th Streets subway station carries the F and G trains. Located over the Gowanus Canal at 87.5 feet high, it's the tallest subway station in the world. In 2013, it reopened after a years-long renovation and now boasts, in addition to impressive views, state-of-the-art design and modern technology. By GEORGIA KRAL Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic NYC's subway cars start a second life at the bottom of the oceanA photographer documented the dumping of subway cars in the ocean. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.