Tag Archive: Tiles


The “N” train

A long time ago I was posting Subway pictures. Many of the stations in NYC have decorative tile work and I was going down the different subway lines taking pictures. I got tired of riding back and forth after a while and decided to take a break. In the meantime, I was also trying to find a way to get to work without going through GCT. I discovered I could take the Green train to 59th Street and change to the Yellow (N or Q, not the R) train to Queensboro Plaza, then take the Purple train to Vernon-Jackson. It is rather interesting that even though this route takes me past my office and so I have to back track, the time is the same.

0421 Subway NQR 0211The first time I changed at 59th Street, I walked up to stairs and saw this. The whole, I guess you would call it a lobby area, is wall murals, done entirely in tile.

Beautiful designs, trees with red branches against a blue sky, little yellow tea cups spewing white steam, and in the steam quotes. Big yellow tea cups from floor to ceiling and shoes. Red, blue and green pumps with bows tied with yellow ribbons, and the ends of the ribbons are loose and floating, creating more intricate designs as they float around the walls. Whoever was commissioned to design this has an obsession with pumps. I realized I had to photograph this, the pictures are below. As always, click on them to see them full size.

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Because I have an imperfect brain

I forgot something about the 59th Street station when I typed that post. I transfer from there to the “F” train to go to Roosevelt Island. What is unusual is one has to walk to the 63rd Street station to get on the “F” train, this is one of the few stations where there is a ‘free transfer’ option. If you swipe with the same Metrocard you used to get on the first train, there is no additional charge. I don’t think of this because I have a 30-day unlimited card, but if you pay per ride this is a nice feature.


Now we get to the 51st Street station. Nothing really remarkable about this station, nicely kept up and a news stand, but no pretty pictures in the tile, unless, you look at the tile in the number sign, I like how they use different types of blue tile, some shiny some matte, makes for a nice effect.


Here’s a close-up of the blue tile.

This was the last stop for me this trip, the next stop on the green train is Grand Central Terminal. At Grand Central there are many tiles with “42” on them, they are just white tile with black letters. I found a picture on my flash drive.

So I hope you have enjoyed this trip on the ‘Evil Green Train’. Now I am trying to decide if I should continue past 42nd Street for my next series or if I should pick another train line. Stay tuned.

Back to hell er my commute


The next stop is 59th Steet. A little better shape then the previous station. I have used this station, there is a library near here that I have been to.
There is some pretty tile here.

And a newstand and most importantly,

Not only can you transfer to an express here, you can change directions. There is a tunnel under the track. If you realize you are going uptown and need to go downtown, you can walk to the other side and not have to pay again. I would prefer to run across Lexington in front of 50 speeding cabs before I would walk through this tunnel. But this is the Evil Green Train or the Train From Hell, so why would I walk under it?

The reason this post was so long in coming is this: after I took all the pictures I noticed some shoes at this station, but they weren’t in the photos I took. It was perplexing, but I figured it out, when I took the pictures I was on the local, I take the express to work and that is when I saw the shoes. The reason I couldn’t get a picture before tonight was because the green is always so crowded (every day!) that I couldn’t take pictures from the train and since I was on my way to work I couldn’t get off and wait. Today I went down to the express platform and took these picture.

Since I live in the city, I still take the train when I want to go somewhere. Sunday I was hanging with a friend, we ended up at Port Authority, after getting shakes at Shake Shack (caramel, so good) where we parted ways. I now had two choices, either get on the shuttle to GCT or walk down 42nd Street. Through about 6 billion tourists, all the tourists in the world were in Time Square on Sunday. That may be an exaggeration. Saturday I bought this nifty bag and in my bag I had my camera.

These pictures were taken inside Port Authority, on the Subway side of it, not the bus side. I don’t know if these circles mean anything, I just thought they were pretty.

Continuing the journey

86th Street is the next stop, here you can transfer to the 4 or 5 trains. You will still be on the green train, but the 4 and 5 are express trains. This makes them evil on speed. They go the same direction but they make different stops when you get to Brooklyn or the Bronx.

This is something you need to know on the subway, you do not travel north or south. You go uptown or downtown. Uptown takes you to the Bronx, Downtown takes you to Brooklyn. We are not discussing Queens, the green train does not go to Queens.


This is a Mets hat. This is a good place for a Mets hat, any other team the owner would have climbed down into the muck to get the hat but Mets fans ….. I might be a little biased.


Here are some examples of the ornate tile work. If you click on the pictures they will get bigger. Don’t worry it’s safe, it just links to a full-size image, you won’t go to another website.

The beginning of evil

My journey begins at the 96th Street Subway station. Today I rode the train to Grand Central Terminal and took pictures of all the stops. I took pictures of the tile work mainly and will provide commentary and tips for surviving the NYC Subway system.


All the subway stations have signs like this, blue tile surrounding the number of the station. This is the station I come to every morning to go to work.


This station has a waiting room. This is how it looks from the track.


This is the picture that proves my contention that the green train is evil, I don’t know if you can see but there are butterflies coming out of her mouth. This is a movie I would never ever ever go see.


These are the tiles I was looking for to take pictures of, some of the stations have pretty pictures in tiles, I thought all of them did, I guess I just wasn’t paying attention because as you will see, not all of them do.