Saturday, 9 July 2016

NY Commute a TurnStyle Experience

This way to shop and eat at TurnStyle in Columbus Circle
The subway system in New York is over 112 years old, and in serious need of a makeover if it had the money.

However, it's good to see some improvements made at Columbus Circle. One part of the station was empty for the longest time, and in March the space was revamped with US$14.5 million into a shopping/eating area with the clever name of TurnStyle.

A series of eateries and shops line the corridor
It's a funky area with coffee shops, boutiques, eateries selling take-out food from doughnuts to salads and sushi rolls, fresh juices and cute greeting cards.

The long narrow corridor is colourful and looks like a hit with the hipster crowd, and of course for those commuters looking for a bite to eat before or after work.

The vast majority of the shops are independents, with Starbucks thrown in for good measure, but it was not completely packed. The variety made wandering the area fun and inviting.

The space is colourful and fun to wander
Obviously the MTR Corporation in Hong Kong thought of this concept ages ago when it designed its stations 40 years ago, but it's good to see New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority offering more than just a hot and dull commute.

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