Art in the Subway

The New York City subway system is the largest rapid transit system in the world by number of stations, with 468 stations in operation. The New York City Subway is also one of the world’s oldest public transit systems. Overall, the system contains 232 miles (373 km) of routes, translating into 656 miles (1,056 km) of revenue track, and a total of 842 miles (1,355 km) including non-revenue trackage. In 2013, the subway delivered over 1.71 billion rides,averaging approximately 5.5 million rides on weekdays, about 3.2 million rides on Saturdays, and about 2.6 million rides on Sundays. Sounds impressive, but New York City subway will impress you not only with it’s size but with a very large and diverse “collection” of art. Whether you’re a native New Yorker, a tourist or somewhere in between, you’ve likely noticed the assortment of artwork adorning the inside of many of the city’s train stations.

Let us tell you about some of them, within few blocks from The Cosmopolitan TriBeCa.The closest to the hotel subway station is Chambers St., it is located on the same block, right in front of The Cosmopolitan Hotel. Chambers St. subway station was opened on July 1, 1918, almost  97 years ago, and it has a group of art works “Oculus”. Oculus or Eye (1998) is the title of the artwork installed all over the Chambers Street/World Trade Center subway station complex. The centerpiece of the work is an elliptical glass and stone mosaic floor, with a magnificent micro mosaic eye at the center of an ultramarine vortex with the image of the City of New York woven into the picture.  Created by Kristin Jones and Andrew Ginzel, Oculus consists of 300 different mosaic eyes, all based upon actual human eyes taken from photographs. The project presents the eyes of three hundred individual New Yorkers translated from a photographic study conducted by Jones and Ginzel into stone mosaic by the classically trained Rinaldo Piras.







Another Art work on Chambers St. Station is a mystery mosaic .The mosaics are so dark and grimy, you can barely see them from the platform. But both the downtown and uptown tracks at the West Side Chambers Street station are lined with these images of the first building of Kings College (later Columbia University), founded in 1754 the school held classes around the corner from Chambers Street on Park Place.


Another noticeable art can be found on the walls of Fulton St. station, which was opened on July 1, 1948 and it’s the twelfth busiest station in the system, as of 2013, with 18,721,694 passengers. New York City has perhaps the greatest collection of marine art and maritime artifacts of any city in the world, with the possible exception of London. Eclectic collections available to the public can be viewed in museums throughout the city such as the Noble Collection in Staten Island, the Brooklyn Museum, Museum of the City of New York, U.S.S. Intrepid, South Street Seaport and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Less well known, however, are some of the maritime memorials and art in public places that are ironically passed by thousands of people per day, but with little notice. Some examples are the Titanic Memorial at Fulton and Pearl Streets, the Merchant Marine Memorial in Battery Park, and General Slocum Memorial in Tompkins Square Park. Another important set of artifacts, origin unknown to most who view them, are six incomparable tile murals located in the subway station at Broadway and Fulton Street, commemorating the history of New York Harbor. These six works of art, known as the Marine Grill Murals, 1913, were created in 1912 by an American Artist named Frederick Dana Marsh (1872-1961) for the installation in the new McAlpin Hotel opening in 1913 at Broadway and 34th Street. When built, the McAlpin was one of the largest hotels in New York and instantly became a fashionable meeting place for visitors and shoppers around Herald Square. The hotel featured an elaborate basement restaurant that, when new, was named the Rathskeller but soon became more commonly known as the Marine Grill because of the twenty spectacular maritime murals, designed by Fred Marsh that graced its walls. In addition to the murals, the Marine Grill space was itself a profusion of arched tiled ceiling grottos separated within a forest of curved pillars all covered with tiles in various shades of terra cotta, brown, gold, red and green. It was indeed an architectural masterpiece with the murals as focal points. The McAlpin Hotel went through four name changes over the years until finally, in 1989, when way past its glory days, it was converted to co-op apartments and the Marine Grill was demolished. Six of the tile murals were thankfully preserved. In a joint effort by the New York Landmarks Conservancy, Municipal Art Society, the New York Landmark Preservation Commission, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and an obscure group called the Friends of Terra Cotta, the shards of the Marsh murals were rescued from demolition and painstakingly reassembled much like giant jig saw puzzles by a group of art students. As part of the MTA’s Arts-For-Transit program, the restored murals were reinstalled in the mezzanine level of the Fulton/Broadway subway station during 2000. In 2010 they were relocated to the William Street entrance to the station where they remain on display passed by thousands of people a day who know little of their origin.







Of course we had to mention one of the most mysterious subway stations in the whole NYC transit system. Brooklyn Bridge City Hall is well known for its abandoned platform. Opened in 1904, the old City Hall station with its beautiful architecture and curved platform was intended to be a showpiece of the Interborough Rapid Transit Company’s (IRT) new subway line. It was also the chosen place for hanging the commemorative plaques dedicated to those who designed, built and financed the underground train system. The station was closed just a few decades later in 1945 because its curved platform wasn’t able to accommodate the IRT’s newer, longer cars. Today, the subway stop still remains closed but you can get a quick glimpse of the platform by taking the 6 train past its last stop at Brooklyn Bridge. For those who want a full-blown tour, you can become a member of the MTA Transit Museum to access the City Hall station.

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Unfortunately a new version of City Hall station is not as glorious as the original one but you can still find few art woks there, “Buildings, Boats and a Bridge” is a group of wall tiles art, was installed under the sponsorship of MTA Arts for Transit and the Studio in a School Association. It was created by the students of Manhattan Academy of Technology and The Clinton Hill School in Manhattan under the directions of artists/teachers Beth Hausman and Lyn Riccardo.







Another art piece is Cable Crossing, which was created in 1996 by Mark Gibian.This cabling exists along the roof of the main station entrance beneath a grate with some little glass cubes letting natural light down into the station, and form the fences between the areas within and outside of fare control where there no turnstiles. It is a tribute to the innovative cabling used on the Brooklyn Bridge.








Let’s move to another station with an interesting art. Franklin Street Subway Station was opened on July 1, 1918. Many years later, in the mid-1990s. it’s platforms were renovated,with a particularly speckled marble that gives interesting shadows.The mosaic bands and panels were kept during the renovation, which saw the original wall tile replaced. There are “Franklin Street” large mosaics, small “F” mosaics and directional mosaics “To Franklin St.” and “To North Moore St.” But the center art piece of this station is  “Alleyways, TriBeCa” which was created in 2005 by Susan Leopold, This artwork is inside the windows of where the newsstand is on the opposite platform it looks homemade, not a durable mosaic like most installations on the MTA, and a little homemade sign directs people to the artist’s website consisting of two single photographs with mirrors and lights that create in the large central skylight of the new head house.

Alleyways TriBeCa at Franklin St.

It is very unusual art work, different from common tile  plaques, paintings  or metal installations , but that’s the beauty of NYC , you can find something you have never seen and will never see anywhere else in the world.

So, Now you just have to see it all with your own eyes. Enjoy!






Christmas Traditions

Christmas is the season of joy, and it is also full of beautiful traditions everyone follow without really understanding it. Lets look  at 5 of these Christmas traditions and try to explain the history behind it.

Christmas Trees – The origin of decorating pine or fir trees with apples, roses, candies and colored paper has its roots in the Renaissance and early modern Germany. Its 16th century origins seem to center around Martin Luther but its widespread popularity followed introduction by various members of the nobility. To decorate a Christmas tree became much more popular and widely accepted in the United Kingdom after Queen Victoria’s marriage to the German Prince Albert.


Christmas Stocking – There is a lot of confusion surrounding where the tradition of Christmas stockings came from but popular legends have found ways to try and explain it. They tell of an old man with three beautiful daughters who had no money to pay for their dowries and so they could not marry. St Nicholas was riding through the village and heard of this story, understanding that the old man would not accept charity he crept down the chimney that night and found stockings that the daughters had hung by the fireplace to dry. Into these 3 stockings he placed a bag of gold each, the next morning the 3 beautiful women and their father were overjoyed and soon after the women were married. Ever since adults and children alike have hung stockings by the fireplace or at the end of their beds to be filled with presents while they sleep, ready to be joyfully opened the next morning!


Candy Cane – According to popular history in 1670 a German choirmaster wished to find a way to get the children to be quiet in his church during Christmas Eve ceremonies. He asked the local sweet maker to make sweet sticks for the children but in order to justify the giving of candy during worship he had the sweet maker add a crook to the tip of each sweet (to resemble the crocks of the three shepherds) and to make them red and white (to reinforce Christian beliefs in the sinless life of Jesus). These delicious candy canes then spread through Europe while being given out at nativity plays. Now they are a popular tradition each year and come in many different flavors, not just the traditional peppermint, which the whole family can enjoy.

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Poinsettia – This plant and its associations with Christmas stem from Mexico, where they tell the story of a young girl who was too poor to pay for a present to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Angels inspired her to pick weeds from the roadside to place in front of the church alter and these weeds became poinsettias when beautiful crimson blossoms sprouted from them. From the 17th century onwards friars in Mexico incorporated these bright flowers into their Christmas celebrations, as they believe the flowers have a special symbolism. The star shape of the leaf symbolizes the Star of Bethlehem and the red symbolizes the blood sacrifice through the crucifixion of Christ. Today these beautiful flowers are popular Christmas decorations, with December 12th being National Poinsettia Day in the USA.


Mistletoe – Traditionally mistletoe cannot touch the ground between being cut and its removal and it is to be the last of the greens removed from the house after the Christmas season is over. It is supposed to be hung each year to protect the house from fire and any man and woman that met each other under it were obliged to kiss. After each kiss a berry was plucked from the bush, once all the berries were plucked the privilege ceased. The use of mistletoe as a Christmas decoration was common but was not much alluded to or mentioned before the 18th century.

mistletoe Many of these traditions are old and steeped in centuries of history but that doesn’t make them any less important or special today. All five of the listed traditions are some of the most beautiful and enjoyable parts of Christmas! Enjoy it!


Holiday Gift Hunting

Holiday Season can be very stressful. There are so much to do and always not enough time.

You have to find a right outfit, come up with a menu, in case you are hosting a Holiday Party and on top of all that you have to find gifts for all the members of your family and friends.

To make your Holiday preparations less time consuming and more enjoyable we explored few Holiday Markets in the city, and found plenty of cool, affordable gift options.  You really don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on gifts, just walk around the city and get inspired by beautiful holiday lights, decorations and pop-up holiday markets with great selection of creative unique items.

One of the most popular Holiday Markets in New York City is the one in Bryant Park. Whatever you’re looking for, the Winter Village has you covered, with crafts and goods from over 125 retailers. You will find there hand-made candles, high-end teas, Christmas Tree ornaments, plenty of cute wardrobe pieces for cold winter days, hand-made interior decorations, and even unique hand-made  skin care products. Plus free ice-skating, and a pop-up restaurant overlooking the rink will make it even more enjoyable shopping experience. Winter Village at Bryant Park is going to be open until January 4 2015.

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Another big Holiday Market located in Grand Central is hosting 15th annual Holiday Fair with 76 vendors, from the New York Times to artisanal hat and jewelry makers. Who can turn down a break from the cold in Vanderbilt Hall? This Market will be open until December 24.


One of our favorite Markets is The Union Square Holiday Market . When the red-and-white-striped tents go up, you know it’s time to start gift hunting. Sip on steaming hot apple cider as you wander through rows of stalls filled with ornaments, spices, and practically anything that can be handmade. This Holiday Market heaven is open until December 24.

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For the residents of Upper West Side  Columbus Circle Holiday Market will be open until December 24. After a winter stroll through Central Park, stop off at this annual market to grab some top-notch chocolate, hot cider, or comfort food. Then check out the locally made wares, including jewelry and homemade wooden puzzles. Plenty of cute gift options can be found there.


Holiday Handmade Cavalcade is another Holiday pop-up market in Chelsea, open only for 1 weekend December 13 – 14. Here you will definitely find a gift for everyone on your list. brings its online crafts bonanza to life with a weekend in Chelsea Market. Over the weekend, 60 different vendors will sell their one-of-a-kind goods, including handmade clothing, toys, home wares, and stationery. Plus, the first hundred shoppers each day will receive a swag bag.

Happy Holiday Shopping Everyone :)

Halloween Treats in New York City

When you travel to New York you want to bring back home with you something memorable and unique, something that only New York City has. So we thought, Halloween is very American Holiday and New York offers the best ways to celebrate it and the best treats can be found in the Big Apple as well. We will introduce you to the best of the best chocolate shops in New York that create delicious and cool looking Halloween themed chocolates.

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Our Hotel located in Tribeca and when we have chocolate cravings the only place we go to is TriBeCa Treats, its only one block away from Cosmopolitan and they have really good stuff. Big variety of cupcakes, brownies (to die for), chocolate nutty barks and chocolate covered pretzels, you can purchase majority of their treats individually or in a gift boxes. For Halloween TriBeCa Teats creating colorful frosted and sugar cookies in shapes of ghosts, pumpkin and all other Halloween characters. Very cute and delicious gift idea.

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Li-Lac Chocolates has been satisfying chocolate cravings in the West Village since 1923. This local New York City shop offers chocolates in memorable shapes as well as delicious American treats like turtles and almond bark. They also make Holliday special treats and their selection of Halloween themed items is amazing. You can find there everything from Caramel Apples to white chocolate mummy in a milk chocolate coffin.  It’s just a wonderland of chocolate.








Jacques Torres Chocolate have multiple locations in the City one of them is in Soho. At Jacques Torres boutiques, you can see chocolate being made, but don’t get so distracted you forget to taste the delicious, moderately priced chocolates. We like their Halloween selection, dark and milk Chocolate Pumpkins , Wicked Hot chocolate and mouth-watering Wicked Pecan Brittle.







Richart Design in Midtown East Manhattanis French chocolatier well known for creative, high quality chocolates and famous for the beauty of their chocolate creations. Treat yourself with Michel Richart’s latest Halloween creations: some dark Venezuela chocolates filled with an orange and cinnamon ganache, made with cream from Bress or blood orange mini-macaroons. The ideal companions of a Halloween evening, evoking frightening stories and seeking comfort from the finest chocolates bonbons.

Happy Halloween J





Halloween Attractions in New York City


The biggest Halloween event in the City is Village Halloween Parade ( . This cultural event stretching more than a mile, with more than sixty thousands costumed participants, dancers, artists and circus performers. This year Village Parade celebrates it’s 41th anniversary.  If you have never seen it before and  happened to be in the city for the Halloween, you should definitely attend it.


New York City truly is the best host for all the creepy Halloween parties and hunted houses.

One of the oldest and probably most popular once is “Blood Manor” in Soho. ( We would recommend it for fans of classic horror. Five thousand square foot labyrinth with seemingly never ending series of rooms, with a different horror setting, from a ghoulish strip club to a butcher shop for humans.

New Yorkers Don Imaginative Costumes For Annual Halloween Parade

For those who are not impressed with zombies and vampires “Nightmare” prepared a real-life  horror show ( This hunted house is based on scary real-life events and disgusting state on NYC’s subway in the ‘80s, with all its dirtiness, creepiness and freaks. All different sorts of killers leading guests into the creepy lives of murderers, such as Charles Manson, Harrison Graham and Aileen Wuornos. Let us warn you, it might get a little physical in there, so be prepared.


For something even more extravagant, visit “Blackout”(  You must sign a waiver agreeing that you understand there will be “extreme horror, adult sexual content, tight spaces, darkness, strobe – lighting effects, strong odors, exposure to water, physical contact and crawling”. And all this craziness you will be experiencing on alone going through the house. It’s one of a kind Halloween experience, but for those with really strong nervous system. Think twice before you go there.


Exhale, we are done with scary stuff. For a nice kids friendly Halloween we suggest to visit New York Botanical Garden’s Haunted Pumpkin Garden (, where you will see pumpkin sculptures in the shapes of spooky creepy – crawlies. They also have a puppet theater and reptile show for kids. Very pleasant way to celebrate Halloween.


Happy Halloween, hope you are going to have fun and share pictures with us on our Facebook Page


Modern Art on the streets of New York City

We would love to provide you with a guide of the most famous contemporary sculptures in New York City.

New York is famous for it’s contemporary art, for its bold colors and shapes. Where else in the world you will find so many art pieces that are available to the public view 24 hours a day. Anywhere you go in Manhattan you will be exposed to this beautiful and sometimes strange world of modern art.

We will introduce you to a several very well – known contemporary artists.

Isamu Noguchi ‘s “Red Cube”  (1968) located on 140 Broadway, between Liberty and Cedar Streets. The bright red painted steel of Isamu Noguchi’s Red Cube stands out in strong contrast to the blacks, browns, and whites of the buildings and sidewalks around the sculpture. Despite its title, the sculpture is not actually a cube, but instead seems as though it has been stretched along its vertical axis. Through the center of the cube there is a cylindrical hole, revealing an inner surface of gray with evenly-spaced lines moving from one opening of the hole to the other. Looking through this hole, the viewer’s gaze is directed towards the building behind, tying the sculpture and the architecture together.

Isamu Noguchi red-cube

Jean Dubuffet’s “Group of Four Trees” (1969-72), located a block away from “Red cube”, is a black and white sculpture standing just in front of the black and white Chase Manhattan Bank building. The similarities between the sculpture and building, however, stop there. The building’s straight lines and evenly-spaced rows of windows stand in contrast to the irregular surfaces of Group of Four Trees. The forms of the trees are made up of a series of varying planes, all white, and connected together by thick black outlines. The trees’ canopies lean in different directions, and the heights of the four trees are all different, making the viewer’s eye move all around the sculpture, following the many lines that are present.


“Balloon Flower” is a beautiful mirror-polished stainless steel sculpture by internationally acclaimed artist, Jeff Koons. The piece is installed in a small plaza outside 7 World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. Overlooking Ground Zero, the art installation is located in a park bounded by Greenwich Street, Vesey Street and West Broadway. The Balloon Flower consists of seven elements: six large blossom- or balloon-like shapes of various sizes, and one bar that can be taken as a flower stem. They are all aglow in bright red, so that they can see themselves and the world around them reflected. It’s been said that the true appeal of the Balloon Flower is that it attracts people to look at it, and then reflects them back at themselves.

Jeff Koons Baloon Flower

Arnaldo Pomodoro is an Italian sculptor who has created several bronze sculptures on the theme of “Sphere within Sphere”. The version on exhibit at the United Nations New York, was a gift from the government of Italy. It was presented to the United Nations by Lamberto Dini, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Italy and unveiled on November 21, 1996.

Bronze Sculpture Sphere Within Sphere By Arnaldo Pomodoro, UN Garden, New York, USA

According the Facebook page for these sculptures “the inner ball represents the Earth and outer ball represents Christianity”. Versions of this sculpture can be seen in the Vatican Museums, Rome; Trinity College, Dublin; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, de Young Museum, San Francisco, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, and the University of California, Berkeley.

“Love” sculpture by Robert Indiana is an iconic pop art piece, on Sixth Avenue in mid-town Manhattan, might be the second most popular sculpture in the city after the Statue of Liberty).   His works were never copyrighted and his LOVE letters have been reproduced in print, on postage stamps (the first Love stamps in 1973) and a piece sold at Christie’s auction house in May for over $200,000. Worth to see it.


Keith Haring’s untitled sculpture (Figure Balancing On Dog) 1986, is installed at 17 State Street in downtown Manhattan near the New Amsterdam Pavilion. This piece is made of painted steel. Very bright eye catching art piece among greyish buildings of New York City.

Balancing on the dog 17 street manhattanWe would love to bring your attention to Fernando Botero’s art works , there are few of them represented  throughout New York City. Botero’s monumental sculptures are formal masterpieces of composed volume and mass. He has said of his sculpture, “I never give particular traits to my figures. I don’t want them to have personality, but rather that they represent a type that I create. My sculptures do not carry any messages, social or otherwise… what matters for me is the form, the voluptuous surfaces which emphasize the sensuality of my work.”

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What animal is this, it’s a “Moonbird” (1966) by Joan Miro, located on the plaza of the Solow Building on 58th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. Moonbird is a vertical and dynamic form with a polished surface that evokes certain primitive figures.


And the last artist we would like to introduce you to is Tom Otterness. American artist, his style is often described as cartoonish and cheerful, but also political. His sculptures allude to sex, class, money and race. Otterness is perhaps best known to New Yorkers for his 2002 Life Underground installation, which is located in the 14th Street–Eighth Avenue New York City Subway station.[16] It is a sculptural group that consists of over 100 cast-bronze sculptures placed throughout the platforms and stairways of the A, C, E, and L lines of the station.

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Enjoy the art…