Subway mosaics that supply a little history
I’ve always loved the colorful mosaics that decorate certain subway stations. They give you a local history lesson while you’re waiting for your train—when the mosaics aren’t too grimy, that is.
The Borough Hall stop on the 2 and 3 line features this colonial-looking borough hall building (left).
At Christopher Street, the platform is lined with mosaics of Newgate prison (right), which jutted out into the Hudson around Christopher and West Streets until the 1820s.
Images of Peter Stuyvesant’s Bouwerie (left) adorn Union Square, close to where the original Bouwerie was in the early 19th century.
And of course, there are the train mosaics (right) at Grand Central Terminal, a tribute to railway titan Cornelius Vanderbilt, who opened Grand Central Depot in 1871.
Tags: Bouwerie, Brooklyn Borough Hall, Christopher Street subway station, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Grand Central Depot, Newgate Prison, Peter Stuyvesant, subway station art, Union Square history