Rectangular, black and white MetroCard printed along recto with multi-colored circles, some with white letters (left to right): “TH” in gold circle; “E” in red circle; blue circle; “SE” in pink circle; “CO” in gray circle; “ND” in orange circle; /
AV; in orange circle; “E” in blue circle; gold circle; “SU” in pink circle; “BW” in gray circle; “AY” in green circle; / “Q” in yellow circle; and “Commemorative MetroCard®.” Verso printed: “Subject to applicable tariffs and conditions of use. / EXPIRES 03/31/18 / 2809844822 / 25622249 / For MetroCard Customer Service, call 511 or go to eFIX at mta.info / This is the new MTA. / The Second Avenue Subway. We're just getting started. / Learn more at ny.gov/TheNewMTA / NEW YORK STATE [with silhouette of state] / MTA [in circle].
After over thirty years of construction, New York City’s long-awaited Second Avenue Subway line finally opened on January 1, 2017. On December 31, 2016, just prior to the public opening, the line was celebrated at an invitation-only New Years’ Eve gathering and inaugural ride sponsored by fourteen New York City cultural institutions. The New-York Historical Society numbered among the event’s sponsor. Among those in attendance was the Historical Society’s President and CEO, Dr. Louise Mirrer, who received these souvenirs that evening.