Before yet another year ends we decided to throw a bit of optimism on the fan by remembering what good has 2017 brought Moscow residents so far.
Mobile cashiers, gadget charging stations and USB-sockets in metro cars
It is now possible to charge your mobile phones and other gadgets right on metro stations. The vestibules of a few dozen stations have gotten special stands with 220v power sockets and USB ports.
Aside from that, the Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya (pink) line now has over thirty new Moskva trains which are equipped with interactive screens and USB sockets for electronic device charging.
Also this year has brought so-called mobile cashiers to the metro from whom you can purchase single ride metro tickets with your card (all major credit card companies accepted).
Open observation deck in Ostankino
Open observation deck at 85 meters is now functional for the Ostankino TV tower visitors. It is located on the technical balcony, the entry until recently was allowed only for meteorologists.
The new observation deck has views on the Botanical gardens, the Ostankino TV center, Moscow-City business center and other notable points and landmarks in the Western and Northwestern parts of the city.
The Decomissioned Books project: library editions into good hands
In 2017 Moscow’s culture department together with the city’s libraries have decided to reconsider their views on old book utilization. If before decomissioned books were processed, now they are given away to anyone who wants them.
The Decomissioned Books project works simply, you just need to register here, pick the desired books in your profile page (no more than 10 books per day) and reserve them. Then you just wait until librarians check the books’ availability and send the order number to your e-mail. After that just come to the library and get your books. Totally free of charge!
Cross all you want
There are 29 new pedestrian crossings in Moscow as of 2017. As they say in Moscow’s construction department, six of them were built as part of the Ryabinovaya st. reconstruction project; six more are in the Northwestern chord from Leningradskoe highway with the exit to Mnevniki st. via Narodnogo Opolcheniya st. As part the Kaluzhskoe highway reconstruction, there are now five new underground pedestrian crossings and Volokolamskoe highway has three new ones. Other crossings are on Elevatornaya, Podolskih Kursantov, Krasnogo Mayaka streets, as well as on the junction between MKAD and Ryazanskiy prospekt and a section of the Aminyevskoe highway until the junction with Generala Dorohova st.
September 2017 saw the opening of the new landscaped Zaryadye park in the capital’s center near the Kremlin and Red Square where the demolished Rossiya hotel used to stand. The park’s concept is based on the principles of so-called natural urbanism – the harmonious fusion of landscape and architecture, the past and the future, the green and the grey. Zaryadye became Moscow’s first new park in over almost 70 years.
The park’s territory is divided in four climate zones: forest, northern landscape, steppe and rolling meadows. One of its main landmarks is the floating bridge with a gorgeous view of the Kremlin. Actually, the view on the bridge itself from outside is no less impressive. During the first weeks after opening, the Russian Internet was literally bombarded by photographs of this amazing structure. We bet that you also have a couple of selfies from Zaryadye.