NY Train Project highlights the beauty of New York City's subway signage.

The 28th Street stop on the 6 line is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Canal Street N/Q/R

The Lexington Avenue N/R station.

Creator Adam Chang's goal is to catalogue the signs of every MTA subway station, starting in Manhattan.

A sign from the Union Square stop on the N/Q/R lines

The red glazed brick in the 49th Street station was installed in 1973.

The original white tiles of the Wall Street 4/5 stop were restored in 2006.

The 23rd Street F/M sign

This A/C stop opened in 1932.

The Roosevelt Island F train station is 100 feet below street level.

The Union Station sign in the L train station

Sixth Avenue on the L train

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A Guide To All Of NYC's Subway Signs

The NY Train Project catalogues the beautiful underground tilework and signs of the MTA.

In the great crush of commuting, New Yorkers don't always have time to stop and appreciate the art of the subway system, one of the world's largest. The detailed mosaic tile work that serves to identify each station is rarely celebrated. Here to change that is freelance art director Adam Chang. On the website NY Train Project, he highlights the beauty of New York City's subway signage in all its grimy, piss-stained glory.

Chang's goal is to catalogue the signs of every MTA subway station, organized on the site by each different line. Each station has a factoid, like when it opened, what long-forgotten features it once had or what film or music video it has appeared in--for instance, the 23rd Street 2 train station gets destroyed in the 1998 version of Godzilla.

"One day while waiting for the 6 train at the Bleecker stop, I began to notice the intricate details of the carefully placed tiles in the station sign. Which led me to noticing other station signs and how they were all different, infused with the personality of the neighborhood," Chang explains on the site. "I decided that I wanted to share this with others by creating an online gallery of subways stations in NYC, starting with Manhattan."

So far, Chang has covered 118 stations, largely in Manhattan, riding the train for a total of 20 hours.

See more from the NY Train Project.

[H/T: It's Nice That]

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  • Im so glad that you guys did a piece like this. Our subway art is beautiful (no hometown pride or anything ; ) but I'm curious, why not show more stations? The uptown stations have got some great artistic angles. So do some in the outer boroughs. Would've loved to see more of a display so our out of town readers can get even more of a feel for it!

  • Thanks for visiting the site. I do plan on covering the other boroughs but I had to start with one, otherwise the project wouldn't launch for a long time.