ABOUT SUBWAY ART AND HISTORY TOUR
The New York City Subway is not just a public transit system; it houses a lot of historical sites, hidden gems, and important artworks. Did you know that there are over 300 NYC subway stations with public works of art? Do you know where the first subway line was located? How did the immigrants of NYC in 1900 use the subway? Let me take you on an unforgettable tour of the subway which will change your view of being underground.
We will start by discussing the history of the New York Subway system that was started in 1904. Through the tour, we will see original mosaics and terracotta tiles along with public artworks that were commissioned by the MTA. The Metropolitan Transit Authority launched the MTA Arts & Design program in 1985. We will travel through time and history through a variety of stations, all while staying under the streets
"Caitlin did a fantastic job on this tour! I was the only one to sign up last minute and she was kind enough to still host the tour. There is so much to see in the subway system, and the information that she shared all felt insightful and unique! We were able to see the hidden City Hall station, unique stations that were a nod to Native American history, musical instruments and so much more. Thank you for the great experience Caitlin!"
Brenda, October 2019
MEET THE GUIDE
Hello! My name is Caitlin. I have a Bachelor's degree in Art Education and I was a high school art teacher for four years. I spent 3 years working as a tour guide at Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater house and now I'm hosting tours about public art in NYC. When I moved to New York City, I immediately fell in love with how much public art and culture was on display. I was pursuing my Master's degree in Art Business when I decided to focus on cataloging public art and realized there was a lot to see underground. I became inspired to share the artwork with locals and tourists alike. I created my own route through Manhattan to showcase some of the original mosaics and terracottas from 1904 all the way to contemporary works that have been placed in the stations last year. This year, I've been working at 1stdibs.com, an e-commerce luxury marketplace that sells art and furniture online. I spend my free time going to art galleries and checking out all of the street art and public art I can find. Check out my Instagram below for art found all throughout the boroughs.