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Workers put the finishing touches on the new 86th Street subway station in New York on Dec. 22, 2016. The first phase of the 2nd Avenue subway line, which has three stops, opened on New Year's Day. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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New York's Long-Awaited Second Avenue Subway Finally Leaves The Station

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A resilient tunnel plug inflates during a test. The new technology was created to try to keep New York City subways from flooding. Joel Rose/NPR hide caption

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To Flood-Proof Subways, N.Y. Looks At Everything From Plugs To Sheets

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