The city's newest subway stop became a destination Monday for New Yorkers curious to see the system's first expansion in more 25 years.
Visitors snapped pictures of the station's blue-hued mosaics, inspected the spacious architecture, zipped up and down the lengthy escalators and were impressed by the mere fact that it wasn't dirty yet.
"It's about the cleanest station in the city at this point," said Elliott Strickland, 37, an off-duty MTA ticket agent who took his free time on Monday to visit the station.
"It's clean and bright," said Kathy Robbins, 47, an Astoria resident, who came out with her husband to visit the new station and meander over to the High Line nearby.
The brand-new 34th Street — Hudson Yards Station opened on Sunday after months of delays. It's the first station to open since 1989, according to the MTA.
The 1.5 mile extension of the 7 train line and the construction of the new station cost $2.42 billion and was paid for mostly by the city, according to the MTA. The transit agency chipped in $53 million.
The spacious new station boasts the longest escalators of any subway stop - they descend 82 feet vertically and 152 feet horizontally - the longest subway platform without columns and two impressive mosaics that cover nearly 3,000 square feet of ceiling designed by the artist Xenobia Bailey.
"It's really like a work of art," said Vergel Reyes, a 15-year-old subway enthusiast and student at Brooklyn Tech, who took his day off to visit the station.
"I feel kind of proud as a New Yorker," said Dennis Robbins, 58, who was visiting the station with his wife Kathy. "[Having] this new infrastructure...I want to see more of it."
Raymond Huang, an exuberant 10-year-old skipped down the stairs beside his little sister — their mother had brought them from their Flushing home to visit the 34th Street stop.
"It's a brand-new station and I've already explored it," he said.