The station got new lighting, USB charging ports, countdown clocks, leaning benches, and digital information screens. There is also new mosaic artwork from a Brooklyn-based artist, Mickalene Thomas.
On the sidewalk, crews installed a canopy with a countdown clock mounted above the staircase.
“It looks amazing,” said Sunset Park resident Yosendivel Medina, 21, a culinary student. “I feel like I’m in Manhattan.”
Another benefit for Medina — her closest station is back in service.
“Now I can wake up late,” she said.
Sheila Pisciotta, 57, paid the $2.75 fare just to see the new station with her husband John.
“It’s great for the neighborhood. It makes it feel welcoming,” Pisciotta said. “I’ve seen he worst. Now I’ve seen the best.”
The next stations undergoing renovations to open are Prospect Ave. and Bay Ridge Ave. on the R line.
The reopening also attracted subway buffs eager to see a rare sight in New York — a modern subway station.
Clement McClean, a 17-year-old computer engineering student at City College with time to kill, swung by the new station after learning from friends that it had finally opened.
The glass barriers near the turnstiles and station booth caught his eye.
“It makes the station feel open,” McClean said.