One of the Second Avenue subway stations, which opened at the beginning of 2017.
The “oh my God, finally!” award
The biggest game-changer of the year, in our eyes, wasn’t a building at all; it was the opening of the Second Avenue subway, which has been nearly a century in the making. While not quite an architectural masterpiece, as Curbed critic Alexandra Lange noted, the line’s four stations were nevertheless the biggest change to the urban landscape this year, and a long time coming. Hop off the trains to peek at the art in the subway stops—Chuck Close’s celeb portraits at 86th Street may get most of the attention, but Vik Munoz’s mosaics at 72nd Street depicting everyday New Yorkers are the real stars.