Second Avenue subway first look: A peek into the 96th Street station

The day is almost here.

The Second Avenue subway will officially open to the public on New Year’s Day, with new stations at 96th, 86th and 72nd streets, as well as the expanded station at 63rd Street. They will open at 11:45 a.m., the MTA said.

Here’s a sneak peek at the 96th Street station, which was open to city politicians and others a week early.

Vincent Barone