New subway station Hudson Yards already moldy

It’s mold before its time.

The new Hudson Yards station — opened in 2015 as part of a $2.4 billion one-stop extension of the 7-train — is already falling into disrepair.

The Post examined the massive, once-gleaming station on March 6 and found the following:

  • mold on walls
  • Water stains on the ceiling in many places
  • Dozens of missing ceiling tiles exposing cables and wires
  • Several escalators out of order
  • Not a cop in sight, with a man comfortable enough to light a cigarette for the long, slow ride up the escalator to the surface.

“Given that this is a new subway station, I don’t see why there’s mold… Clear health concerns,” said 29-year-old artist Yo-Yo Lin, who traveled “quite a hike” to perform at The Shed ‘ from Brooklyn, an arts center that is part of the high-rise megadevelopment Hudson Yards.

The $2 billion station already has extensive water damage.
The $2 billion station already has extensive water damage.
Helayne Seidman

She said she was used to seedy 100-year-old borough train stations but expected better in a new Manhattan.

“There’s a lot of damage here,” she says.

Iris Lieu, 34, who works in the fashion industry, looked up at the holes above her. “The blanket [is] not even finished,” she said.

The ceiling showed signs of not even being finished.
The ceiling showed signs of not even being finished.
Helayne Seidman

The 7-train project was the most expensive subway expansion ever in the world — at least until it was surpassed by the $6 billion Second Avenue Subway Phase 1 in 2017.

Transit freaks have complained that both stations – with large mezzanines, bespoke elevators and many exit portals – were overdesigned, requiring too much expensive excavation. The station, 125 feet underground, is one of the longest and widest in the system.

The Hudson Yards expansion was also completed years late, under budget, and without a second station on 10th Avenue that would have brought a subway stop to Hells Kitchen.

Commuters also notice the damage.
Commuters also notice the damage.
Helayne Seidman

“It’s a huge money pit,” said straphanger Danny Stern, 33, a nonprofit who walked through the train station on his way to Philly.

MTA Representative Joana Flores said in a statement: “While some ceiling panels have been removed at the station to correct an underlying condition, these panels will be reinstalled once the refurbishment work is complete. This maintenance did not affect the 7-line service that operates at the station.” New subway station Hudson Yards already moldy


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