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NYC Subway Art Tour

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Address: 51st Street, Tour meets at McDonald's on 51st Street & Broadway., New York City, NY
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+1 212-977-2510

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Fun tour of permanent Subway art in NYC

So many art installations in the subways decided to take this tour and glad we did. A fun travel through the subways with a knowledgeable guide. Be prepared to walk a lot, plenty... read more

Reviewed February 16, 2017
Lesley L

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Reviewed February 16, 2017

So many art installations in the subways decided to take this tour and glad we did. A fun travel through the subways with a knowledgeable guide. Be prepared to walk a lot, plenty of time given to take photos, a good start to seeing the over 200 art installations in the NYC subways.

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East Hampton
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Reviewed January 18, 2017

My friend and I took at the subway art tour with Darryl Reilly. It was an impressive tour from start to finish!! We are both native New Yorkers and have travelled the NYC subway system our entire lives. But we had never really stop to notice, no less really appreciate, the artwork that is pervasive throughout the system. Darryl is... More 

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Reviewed July 31, 2016

I've noticed some of the artwork in the subway before taking the tour, but without the stories behind them they are pretty meaningless. Plus you have to know which stations to visit, and which trains to take for that. Each station features a different art set, made by known artists and commissioned by NYC. Daryl seems to know everything, every... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 6, 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed my tour with Darryl today. He led a lively and captivating tour around many stations in the subway network. If you're interested in public-space art then this is a tour you simply cannot miss.

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Oban, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 19, 2016

The NYC Subway Art tour met at the McDonald’s on 50th St at Broadway and was led by Darryl, whose mannerisms and phrasings really cracked me up. He was a captivating guide who showed a real enthusiasm for this hidden gem of an experience. The tour examined a small sample of some of the art which decorates some 280 of... More 

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Potsdam, New York, United States
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Reviewed January 23, 2016

I knew there was a lot of art in the NYC subways, but never realized how much or the meaning of each. This tour only has time to see about a dozen sets of artwork (some with up to 70 items in the set), but it was awe-inspiring. My favorite is Life Underground at the 14th St./8th Ave station -... More 

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Reviewed January 20, 2016

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... More 

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed December 16, 2015

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... More 

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Reviewed November 17, 2015

It's all about Darryl Reilly, the creator and leader of the NYC Subway Art Tour. Darryl has obviously spent considerable time in developing this 2 1/2 hour tour. If you are a New Yorker, you have walked by most all of these art pieces before, but like me, you probably never noticed them. On this tour you get a chance... More 

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Reviewed November 14, 2015

Our group consisted of New York City residents and friends from NJ. We were all impressed and entertained by the artwork and by Daryl. The underground art is a well kept secret, even if you use the subway regularly. The MTA (Manhattan Transit Authority) has achieved wonders in its 30 years of existence.

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