UPPER EAST SIDE — After almost a century of waiting, the Second Avenue Subway will open for service on New Year's Day, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo and MTA officials.
The first train on the line will leave the 57th Street station and head north at noon. Another one will leave East 96th Street going south, according to MTA officials.
Trains will run every six minutes during peak hours and will run from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. for the rest of the week. Overnight service will begin on Jan 9.
"For those of you who want to have a Nathan's hot dog on the Upper East Side, you can get a train [to Brooklyn]," Prendergast said.
"I think you'll find the environment vastly different than what you see in the New York Subway and you'll be pleased, I think, with the end product."
Prendergast and Governor Cuomo announced the opening date during a Monday morning press conference at the Museum of Modern Art to reveal some of the creations that will decorate the Second Avenue Subway stations, which includes art by Chuck Close and others.
Last week, Prendergast dodged questions about an exact opening date, saying he was "cautiously optimistic" that the MTA would meet a Dec. 31 deadline and that they wouldn't open the line unless all four stations — at 96th, 86th and 72nd streets and at Lexington Avenue/63rd Street — are ready.