The image captures five New York City Subway Station Shots - Times Square, Bleecker Street, 79th Street, Downtown, City Hall. Various years - all taken in the 1900s.
In this photo collection, the focus is on the subway system and station's mosaics, Intricate tile artwork adorned many New York City Subway stations. The mosaics show the city's rich artistic heritage and serve as a visual history of the subway system. The "To Downtown" photo shows the turnstiles that one must pass to get into the subway.
New York City Subway stations were renowned for their ceramic plaques and tile mosaics, which often included signage to identify the station's location. These stunning mosaic designs were a hallmark of the subway system since its opening in 1904, with architects George C. Heins and Christopher Grant la Farge pioneering the concept of subway tile. The use of ceramic tiles not only added aesthetic appeal but also made the stations easier to clean and maintain.