There's been a lot of drama surrounding the MTA's long-awaited Fulton Street Transit Center, some of which is because of costs associated with the expensive steel-glass dome, or "oculus," proposed as the project's centerpiece. But after some will-they-won't-they action and a hefty chunk of federal cash, the oculus is starting to come together, and it actually looks pretty cool.

The 60-foot-tall dome was designed by Grimshaw Architects and architectural glass-whiz James Carpenter; it's being constructed with metal frames and layered custom steel panels in addition to glass sheathing, and the twisted patterns are intended to reflect light into the transit center's open spaces. The project, which has cost $1.4 billion, will be completed in 2014; when it finally opens, it'll connect eleven subway lines, more than any other station in the city.