NYC subway art

While walking the streets of New York and taking the subway here and there to see as many sites for Open House New York this weekend, we went into and transited through a few subway stations that had notable subway art in the form of mosaics and tilings on the walls. Along the yellow lines at Prince Street, if you look at the walls, you can see details of silhouettes of different people, some carrying shopping bags, purses, pushing baby strollers, even hauling Christmas trees. At 8th street along the yellow lines, you also see many multicolored mosaic art, from flowers to faces, and it’s clear that a lot of thought and creativity went into these designs. The only sad thing is that given the daily hustle and bustle of New Yorkers, so few of us actually stop to truly appreciate all this notable art, self included. I usually notice them in the evenings when I’m on my way to and from meeting a friend for dinner or drinks, or on the weekends when I’m less in a rush. There’s actually a free walking tour you can do of the subway art that is still on my list of touristy things I’d like to eventually do one day. Too bad Chris doesn’t want to come with me because he doesn’t want to hang out with a bunch of tourists.

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