Since 1985 The Metropolitan Transit Authority's Arts & Design program has commissioned notable artists to create works which embellish many New York City subway stations.
The original NYC Subway Art Tour since 2011.
Tour meets and departs from inside the COSI CAFE at 51st Street and Broadway
(at the Southwest area of Paramount Plaza) where restrooms and breakfast is available for purchase.
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|NYC Subway Art Tour
Ride the subway with Bronx-born guide Darryl Reilly to discover the riches of art underground. This three-hour escapade stops at Keith Godard’s whimsical Memories of 23rd Street, a collection of mosaics depicting colorful chapeaus worn by celebrities who frequented the area between the 1880s and 1920s, including Harry Houdini’s upside-down hat and Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s colorfully adorned cap. The group alights at 14th Street–Eighth Ave to view Tom Otterness’s Life Underground,a series of miniature, stylized bronze sculptures such as an alligator in a manhole and a cop watching a homeless man sleep. Meet inside Così café, 1633 Broadway between 50th and 51st Sts (nycsubwaytour.com). Mon, Fri 2—5pm; Tue–Thu 10am—1pm. $25. Reservations required.
This lively walking AND subway riding tour visits over a dozen subway stations to experience a selection of these striking often whimsical works that go largely unnoticed by the general public. We'll also cross The Manhattan Bridge for a spectacular aerial view of the magnificent Lower Manhattan skyline as we head to Brooklyn and then conclude in Times Square.
Along the way you'll learn about and become expert at navigating the (in)famous NYC subway system. There's also the invaluable opportunity to confer about your other sightseeing plans with the acclaimed Bronx born, vastly experienced licensed NYC tour guide, Darryl Reilly--me.
Conducting hop on off tours on the celebrated Grayline red double decker buses was the start of my guiding career. For The League of American Theaters and Producers I developed and led the heralded Broadway Open House Tour transporting visitors through New York's theater district and into several theaters holding forth on the history and present of Broadway. For NYCVP I've regularly taken groups through Lower Manhattan, to The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island as well as a variety of personalized private tours for small groups.
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The NYC Subway Art Tour Opened My Eyes