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The opening ceremonies were indeed grand, with politicians and MTA officials galore taking turns praising the engineering achievement of the extension—1.5 miles from Times Square at a cost of $2.42 billion—and promising that the Hudson Yards neighborhood springing up around the station will, in addition to creating vast amounts of retail space and office square footage, also deliver thousands of new jobs and provide 5,000 units of affordable housing. In exchange for planting all the giant commercial and residential buildings, there will be four acres of public space, running from West 33rd Street to West 39th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues. Go enjoy it!

See the entire photo spread at Gothamist