Yes, New Yorkers are constantly complaining about subway service, but the malfunctioning trains and MetroCards have nothing to do with appreciating the beauty of some of NYC’s stations!
Having aesthetically pleasing and architecturally impressive stops is important. No, it shouldn’t come at the expense of timely trains and safe and functioning tracks but appreciating one doesn’t mean you have to excuse the other. So, we’ve decided to highlight some of the most beautiful stations in the city to keep things light. Check ’em out below!
1. 34th Street Hudson Yards (Manhattan, 7 Line)
The 34th Street Hudson Yards Station opened in 2018 and features beautiful glass mosaic artwork.
2. 163 Street, Amsterdam Ave (Bronx, C Line)
The glass mosaic at 163rd Street, “Ciguapa Antellana, me llamo sueño de la madrugada” by artist, Firelei Báez pays an ode to the artist’s Carribean heritage.
3. West 8th Street, NY Aquarium (Brooklyn, F, Q Lines)
4. 28th Street Station (Manhattan, 6 line)
28th Street is the newest of the beautified subway stations, opening after extensive renovations in January 2019. The flowers are meant to represent the blooms of the Madison Square Park.
5. City Hall Station (Manhattan, closed)
City Hall Station was constructed in 1904 and closed soon after in 1945. It is only accessible with a membership to NYC’s Transit Museum.
6. Fulton Center (Manhattan, 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, J, Z Lines)
The Fulton Center is one of the newest and most modern of all the stops in the city.
7. East 180th Street (Bronx, 2/5 Lines)
Some of the city’s most important architectural gems are in the Bronx. This station is no exception!
8. Bedford Park Blvd-Lehman College (Bronx, 4 Line)
“Community Garden” is a glass mosaic that was completed in 2006 by artist Andrea Dezsö.
9. The Oculus Transportation Hub at The World Trade Center (Manhattan, PATH)
10. 81st Street-Museum of Natural History (Manhattan, B, C Lines)
The “For Want of a Nail” mural has been up at the Natural History Museum subway stop since 2000. It’s a beautiful reminder about the existence of our oceanic friends.
Featured image: @mtaartsdesign via Instagram
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