New Lease on Life In Tel Aviv, a Bus Station Is Reincarnated

Tel Aviv’s New Central Bus Station never lived up to its promise but it’s having a second life as art venue, migrant-worker hub and bat sanctuary.

It began in 1967, with a megalomaniacal idea to build the world’s largest bus station as a private commercial venture. By 1993, when it finally became operational after 26 years of financial and regulatory glitches, Tel Aviv’s New Central Bus Station was functionally and conceptually obsolete.