Since the 1980s the MTA Arts & Design Program has brought art underground by installing over 300 works of art throughout New York City’s subway system. The program has commissioned hundreds of artists that range from kids to the world famous, and for only $2.75 you can see all of them. With summer almost over and the heat index still climbing, here are 8 aquatic-themed subway stations for you to dive into.
The Essex-Delancey Street subway station is one of the most stops in Manhattan, specifically on the Brooklyn-bound platform. Shad Crossing by Ming Fay depicts the shad fish, which travels through the Hudson River every spring. The installation also represents the journey of immigrants across the ocean and the journey of the everyday subway commuter, as well.
While you’re at Essex-Delancey, check out the remnants of the former Essex/Delancey Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal, to be turned into the future Lowline park.