NYC Subway Art Tour
NYC Subway Art Tour
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Michael S S
Washington DC, DC3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I've done the tour twice now. After the first time, I wanted to share it because it's such a fun and different and relatively inexpensive way to see NYC. Darryl had added new stations/art, but honestly it was great to hear again about the stuff from the previous tour (you forget details because it can move fast) and watch my friends' faces as they listened. Darryl is amazing; he really has an encyclopedic knowledge of the subway system and the art installations. It's not just art on the walls; Darryl points out you've missed a ton of stuff right there in the 42nd Street Station. I visit NYC regularly and have passed this art hundreds of times without realizing the history or story. It's a good amount of walking, but that's what I expect (and appreciate) when in NYC. This is something you will do that will stay with you and is really off the beaten path of things to do in NYC. My friends loved it.
Written January 20, 2020
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LaineyLou81
Tarrytown, NY104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Friends
I love learning about the hidden parts of a city: the parts that I wouldn't see unless I was really looking. So this tour was perfect for me - my husband and I plus two of our friends took the tour and were the only ones on it, so we had a lot of interaction with our guide. We loved learning about the art in various subway stations - our guide totally brought it to life, telling us the story behind the art rather than just pointing it out. The biggest surprise for me was the Lichtenstein in Times Square station - I must have walked past it a hundred times but never even noticed it before.

At $25 each, this tour was great value. I'd recommend it to locals and tourists alike - just think twice before doing it in the heat of summer as it was very hot underground!
Written July 13, 2014
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sushi4soup
Northern California175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Couples
This was a great tour. One of the best we have been on. Who knew there was so much art to see in the subway! Darryl was a very entertaining and knowledgeable guide. As newbies to the subway system we felt comfortable enough after this tour to use it several more times during our stay
Written April 18, 2014
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atlashrggd2018
Boston, MA8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
Tour guide was very knowledgeable. Answered all
My questions clearly and articulately. Best part was the fact that I had the guide all to myself. Others in the tour canceled as it was a hot day and the subway tends to get hot but the train cars were nice and cool.

Not only did I see some amazing art works but I learned a lot about riding the MTA in NYC. I have visited NYC many times but never went on the MTA. Two thumbs way up for my tour guide I would take the tour again it was that good. A must when visiting New York City.
Written July 16, 2019
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BevfromHouston
Raleigh, NC2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Friends
Most of the time when we are in the subway we are too busy just trying to catch the correct line. This allowed us to become aware of the unique and beautiful artwork on display. Makes catching the subway a lot more fun.
Written May 28, 2018
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AthertonPatti
Atherton15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Family
World-class art museums abound in NYC, but lesser known is that work-class art exists beneath the streets of NYC. Daryl Reilly leads an energetic and delightful underground tour of juried art installations by both fabled and up and coming artists throughout NYC boroughs. Think Roy Lichtenstein!
Written November 25, 2017
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bernie1935
Campton, NH42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Family
This is a fabulous tour. You DO need to be in good physical condition because it is close to three hours, up and down subway stairs and standing. Certainly it is worth it. As someone mentioned in an earlier review, many of us have gone by these subway gems, but here, Darryl gives context, explains the flow of the ideas presented by the art, and the history. Plus he has a passion for this art.
I would suggest that a rest stop for a drink and bathroom break be included, other than that, it is a very well planned tour. My daughter now seeks out subway art on her own, but would also be ready to repeat this tour - there is so much to see and enjoy.
You get more than your money's worth and it is definitely unique .
Written January 20, 2016
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Diana H
Watsonia, Australia77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Couples
Booking is easy for this tour, and we met up with the tour guide easily. He certainly knows his subject very well, and we saw more art than we knew existed in the Subway and had its context explained. As we travelled on the Subway after the tour it helped us enormously to understand where we were and we actively looked for artwork (even when there wasn't anything there!). Wear comfortable shoes and get used to running up and down stairs to catch trains!
Written December 16, 2015
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pixgirl922
East Greenwich, Ri11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Friends
Our annual Holiday visit to New York City included the NYC Subway Art Tour led by Darryl Reilly.I found out about this unique tour online and called to book the 3 hour tour for five of us. Once I had reached Darryl (he was giving a tour so called me back) he cheerfully explained what it was all about and reserved our spots.

We met the next day at a coffee shop in mid-town and then entered the NYC subways system to seek out the permanent art exhibits that grace the walls of stations that have been rehabbed since 1985.

During the tour Darryl tells you interesting and little know facts about the subway system and its history, but the art is sublime, ranging from mosaics to bronzes and each installation depicting something characteristic about the surroundings of the station. Some are serious, some whimsical and all are worth seeing.

This was the perfect rainy day activity and Darryl was charming, informative, and humorous. I give this tour a 10!

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Written December 14, 2014
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Donna B
Bowmanville, Canada409 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Business
Do this. You won't regret it. I've always been intimidated by the NY subway so I decided to do this tour. I'm glad I did. Who knew there was such an underground art scene (tongue in cheek). You will be amazed by the colourful mosaics, sculptures and even some optical illusions :) This is something to put on your to-do list if you have the time.
Written December 6, 2014
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