How the 7 Train Extension Will Birth the Great NYC Art Odyssey of 2015

How the 7 Train Extension Will Birth the Great NYC Art Odyssey of 2015
Starter tunnels for the MTA's "Tunnel Boring Machine"
(Courtesy of MTA)
So, you're an art-loving visitor or resident of New York City with anextraordinary amount of endurance who is looking to see as much contemporary art as possible in one day without ever taking a taxi. If this sounds like you, a few forthcoming construction projects in New York's far West Side will result in your dream New York Art Odyssey.

It looks like this: you begin your day at the Whitney's RenzoPiano-designed downtown location, set to open in 2015. After grabbing some coffee at one of Danny Meyer's new restaurants to fuelyour journey, proceed along the High Line at Gansevoort Street, hop down below to take in whichever Chelsea galleries strike your fancy,and hop off the High Line at the eventual 34th Street and 11th Avenue terminus. But wait! Your journey is not over yet. As it happens, the High Line's future endpoint is also the site of a new 7 train stop opening in 2013. In the exhilarating near future, you can hop on the train and zip over to MoMA PS1 to round out your contemporary art binge.


Indeed, with all these new projects on the far West Side, we couldn't help but notice that the completed 7 train extension will provide High Line and gallery visitors with a direct line out to Long Island City, which will give tireless art lovers the opportunity toexperience what may become a time-honored art pilgrimage from the Whitney to PS1. While this news isn't immediately relevant, MoMA PS1 director KlausBiesenbach is pleased to hear it, as, perhaps, will be anyone else who loves PS1, public transport, and Midtown West.


"MoMA PS1 is currently a very short ride from Manhattan via the E, the M, or the 7 trains," he told ARTINFO via e-mail. "The westward expansion of the 7 train will make MoMA PS1 even more accessible for those living or staying near Midtown West, which is terrific news."

Welcome the great art journey of 2015. Mark your calendars?