Subway stations don’t need colorful mosaics or installations by famous artists to have a distinctive style—but those things do give commuters something lovely to look at while waiting for a train to show up. And New York’s transit system doesn’t disappoint, particularly if you’re the sort of person who pays attention to the intricacies of tile station markers, or the individual pieces of a mosaic mural.
In fact, the city’s subway stations are an excellent showcase for that sort of craftsmanship, whether it’s a 110-year-old bas-relief of a beaver, or a brand-new mosaic made up of ceramic tile. These pieces are often collaborations between artists, fabricators, and the MTA itself; some stations, meanwhile, reflect the influence of the subway system’s earliest architects.
Here, we’ve compiled 20 stops where some of the subway’s most impressive pieces of art—in particular, the mosaics that make it up—can be found; if we’ve missed your favorite, let us know in the comments.Read More