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Coolest subway stations in NYC

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

This station, which looks nothing like any other
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

When it comes to transformative subway stations, the
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

The Smith-9th Streets subway station carries the F
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.

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