Friday, April 6, 2018

E Is for Eighth Street -New York University

Washington Square Arch and One World Trade Center in the background. We're looking south from Eighth Street and Fifth Avenue
Today's subway ride for the A to Z Blogging Challenge takes us to Greenwich Village again. We're very close to Astor Place and the statue of Sudan. But we're on a different line and we get to see some new sights. When we look south we see in the far distance One World Trade Center and directly in front of us is the Washington Square Arch. This is the area for New York University and many of the buildings surrounding Washington Square Park, where the arch is located, are part of the university.  

The Arch was first put up in 1892, but it proved to be so popular that three years later a permanent arch was designed by the prominent architect, Stanford White. It was completed in 1895.

The Empire State Building in the distance, looking north from Eighth Street and Fifth Avenue
This station was not on my original list of stations that I wanted to visit, but the mosaic tiles added it to the list. There are two in particular that captured my interest. The first pays homage to both New York University and Washington Square Arch.  

This rainy day scene captures a moment of daily life in New York City. They are the work of the artist, Tim Snell. This series of murals, Broadway Diary, was done in 2002 and they've become one of my favorites of subway art.

I didn't stop for coffee or a snack when I visited Eighth Street, but my all time coffee favorite from 2016, City of Saints, is just a few blocks away at 79 East 10th Street. If you're exploring the station or the neighborhood it's definitely worth the extra block walk for some of the best coffee in New York.

Thanks for all the comments. I'm glad you're enjoying our excursions all over New York City. Tomorrow we stay on the "R" line and we visit one of the great spaces in Manhattan. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

As ever, thanks for visiting and take care. It's still very early spring here, and I'm sending everyone wishes for a some sun and spring flowers this weekend. 


Chatty Crone said...

I bet my grandson would love to go there!!!!!!!!!


LOVE the tiles. interesting place.

Denise said...

This is fun. I wish we had subways in Detroit, but the automakers never would have allowed that. We barely have buses.

Deanna Rabe said...

This series is great!

When we had our store in Lancaster, we often shopped in midtown but I never road the subway! Fun to see all the special places.

Theresa said...

You know I always enjoy the views in your beautiful city! I love that rainy day scene in the Subway Art! Enjoy your day dear friend, HUGS!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Seeing that subway art makes the trip worthwhile, but I'm glad you took some pictures of the real thing too. Lots to see and do in your fair city and lots of good coffee too !

Jenny said...

This is a fun A to Z challenge about a fascinating city I'm sorry to say I know very little about! No subways in Colorado, either :-)

Ann said...

I'm so loving this--never seen it in person. The tiles are beautiful.

Wandering Wren said...

Yay as you know our middle daughter was on exchange at NYU, so this one is a particularly exciting stop. I recognise the street pictures, but I am feeling bad I should have taken more notice of the tiles!
Wren x

Sarah Zama said...

Love the mosaic. I have a particular fascination with stations (not subways, since theren't any where I live, but I's a frequenter of trains tations), I think they are very pecularia places where our life expresses itself and I love what that expression is through art. In a way, art is the unlikliest thing to find in a subway and still it makes a lot of sense.