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Mostly blue tiles in a subway station interior

About three years ago I took this picture inside a subway station somewhere in New York, either in Manhattan or Brooklyn. Now that I'm back in New York for a short while, I'd like to track down this place once more. Which station could I find this blue-tiled wall in?

  • @ZachLipton: Those appear to be aligned in neat rows, unlike OP's photo. – MastaBaba Sep 9 '17 at 11:26
  • Would you happen to know the color line or the types of area you went during your stay? – LampPost Sep 9 '17 at 14:54
  • Have you tried doing a Google image search searching for something like "nyc subway blue mosaic"? I'm seeing some possibilities. – mkennedy Sep 9 '17 at 17:51
  • I've checked out the image search but all of them seem to be fairly small sections; this was an entire wall (at the base of a stair, I think?) that was done this way. – Elia Sep 9 '17 at 18:19
  • For some reason I want to say you can find it at the 14th station on the ACE line (the blue line) but it is hard to confirm when there is 0 pictures of the platform or any other image relating to the one you posted. – LampPost Sep 9 '17 at 20:05
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My first inclination was to guess that it came from one of the station signs, as at 23rd St, but the tiles in your photograph seem to be smaller and more irregular, as well as brighter, and so may have come from a larger mosaic.

As such, I don't have a definite answer for you, but will point you to the most comprehensive collection of NYC Subway art I could find, from unofficial/fan site NYCSubway.org. They currently have 295 works in their Subway Art Guide.

Tile mosaics featuring large swathes of dark blue include Blooming by Elizabeth Murray at Lexington Ave / 59th Street (4/5/6/N/R/W services), and Happy City by Peter Sis at 86th Street Lexington (4/5/6 services), but again the pattern does not quite match. There are a few others with expanses of blue tile, like at Court Street or at Eastern Parkway, but you say you didn't spend any time in those parts of the city.

So the best I can offer is to look through station-by-station to see if anything jogs your memory. It's also possible that the photo you took is not technically of part of the station, but part of a pedestrian accessway from a building or other structure.

  • I recall this mosaic being within the station itself, not very far from the train I'd just gotten off of. – Elia Mar 31 '18 at 4:40

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