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New Mosaic Subway Art at The Grand Street Station in Brooklyn

(4 min read) From eclectically modern to colorful cinematic, the Brooklyn subway is graced by some truly terrific works of art. The freshest addition to this magnificent underground gallery is a glorious mosaic installation created by famous Puerto Rican artist, Glendalys Medina.

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New NYCT Grand Street Station mosaic art created by Glendalys Medina, commissioned by MTA Arts & Design. Image source: Link


The Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Arts & Design program was created back in the 1980s with the aim of overseeing the careful selection of artists and installations of artworks in subway and rail stations across the city. Since its inception, it has become the biggest site-specific public art program in the whole world and it just keeps getting better.

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Marcel Dzama’s “NO Less Then Everything Comes Together” glass mosaic art at the Bedford Avenue subway station in Brooklyn, one of the tourist’s favorites. Image source: Link


Brooklyn is one of the most popular neighborhoods in New York and as such it boasts more subway stations than any other area. Its subway walls are seemingly constantly artistically evolving in order to make rides through this Manhattan borough brighter and more interesting.

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Vibrant mosaic artwork titled “A Message of Love Directly From My Heart unto the Universe” created by Yayoi Kusama for the Madison Concourse. Image source: Link


Glendalys Medina’s subway mosaic art is heavily inspired by diverse and colorful Brooklyn neighborhoods. During the (“terrible, horrible, no good, very bad”) COVID-19 pandemic, this talented artist would walk around Bushwick and Williamsburg, attentively observing and cultivating gratitude for all of the people and places that surrounded her. Those long walks were exactly what inspired Gratitudes of Grand.

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The other glass panel features stunning mosaic artwork by Glendalys Medina. Image source: Link


This marvelously vibrant mosaic installation covers nearly 340 square feet inside Grand Street’s busy subway station. It consists of two panels of the highest quality glass mosaic tiles made and installed by Miotto Mosaic Art Studios. One glass panel stands on the Brooklyn-bound platform, while the other is on the opposite, Manhattan-bound platform mezzanine.

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Details from Medina’s mosaic artwork for Grand Streel (L) Subway Station. Image source: Link


Both marvelous panels feature clusters of interlocking geometric forms, reminiscent of schematic design drawings or map details. The panel on the Brooklyn-bound side boasts colors of the national flags of Bushwick and Williamsburgh residents. These colors include those from the Lenape tribe, as well as Pan-African, Puerto Rican, Italian, Irish, and Dominican Republic flags.

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Close-up of part of Glendalys Medina’s subway mosaic artwork. Image source: Link


The panel on the Manhattan-bound platform represents various changes in the neighborhood through the seasons. For this panel, Medina drew the elements from the Moore Street Market, a nearby church, birds in the summer, or the collar of a passing doggie.

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Details of geometrical patterns from Medina’s subway mosaic art. Image source: Link


“This artwork is an act of gratitude to those who built and transformed this neighborhood throughout history,” Medina said in MTA Arts & Design’s press release. “It has been an honor to create something lasting that I hope will resonate with those to come.”

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Intricately made of the highest quality glass tiles. Image source: Link


Medina’s masterpiece is an integral part of an ongoing renovation project. We are curious to see what else will be remodeled and embellished in Brooklyn’s vast underground.

New Mosaic Subway Art at The Grand Street Station in Brooklyn.

New Mosaic Subway Art at The Grand Street Station in Brooklyn.

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New Mosaic Subway Art at The Grand Street Station in Brooklyn.

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New Mosaic Subway Art at The Grand Street Station in Brooklyn.

New Mosaic Subway Art at The Grand Street Station in Brooklyn.

New Mosaic Subway Art at The Grand Street Station in Brooklyn.

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New Mosaic Subway Art at The Grand Street Station in Brooklyn.


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35 Comments

  1. Bethany
    October 4, 2023 at 11:28 am

    That artwork is absolutely beautiful! That makes things so much nicer when you have to hit the subway.

  2. Ben
    October 4, 2023 at 11:34 am

    I love that there are so many different styles on the walls. That really keeps things interesting.

  3. Samantha Donnelly
    October 4, 2023 at 11:48 am

    How amazing are these and a great way to add colour to your daily commute

  4. Stephanie
    October 4, 2023 at 1:08 pm

    Such talent in these mosaic art pieces! I hope I can see these beautiful subway walls in person sometime.

  5. Jackie
    October 4, 2023 at 3:01 pm

    This is so cool! What a beautiful mural with a beautiful meaning behind it. I love mosaics because it’s so amazing how all these tiny pieces come together to create a masterpiece.

  6. denise
    October 4, 2023 at 4:56 pm

    Gotta hand it to NY to always have the best awesome pieces of artwork. Will look forward to going back and seeing these, thanks

  7. Ariana
    October 5, 2023 at 3:43 am

    Oh wow! This is awesome. I love seeing art out in the city, the mosaic art looks so vibrant!

  8. Reece P.
    October 5, 2023 at 4:42 am

    The mosaic art is so cool! I didn’t make it to this part of Brooklyn but i will definitely next time to see this.

  9. Marie Cris Angeles
    October 5, 2023 at 8:14 am

    Wow! So amazing! If I see this every day going to work I will be energized and productive every day.

  10. Rohan
    October 5, 2023 at 8:45 am

    This mosaic art installation at the Grand Street Station in Brooklyn sounds absolutely stunning!

    It’s amazing how artists like Glendalys Medina can transform the subway into an art gallery for everyone to enjoy during their daily commutes.

  11. Luna S
    October 5, 2023 at 10:09 am

    I didn’t know they had these on feature! What beautiful pieces of art, would be neat to see in person. Thanks for sharing this!

  12. Grace
    October 5, 2023 at 11:21 am

    Wow, the Brooklyn subway truly is an underground art haven! 🎨 Glendalys Medina’s mosaic installation sounds like a vibrant addition to this eclectic gallery. 🌟 It’s wonderful to see artists beautifying public spaces like the subway, making the daily commute a little more colorful and inspiring.

  13. Pat Tracey
    October 5, 2023 at 11:35 am

    I’m always amazed by the beauty that can be found in unexpected places, like this stunning mosaic in a subway station. It’s incredible how art can brighten our daily commutes and bring vibrancy to the city.

  14. Stephanie
    October 5, 2023 at 1:16 pm

    These tile mosaics are stunning! Makes me want to hop on a train and head out to Brooklyn just to take in the beauty in person.

  15. Diana
    October 5, 2023 at 1:35 pm

    These mosaic ART segments are phenomenal! So much color and story in each one of them.

  16. Rosey
    October 5, 2023 at 11:17 pm

    Brooklyn is on my list of places to visit. It would be so cool if I came across this art.

  17. Pricey David
    October 6, 2023 at 11:35 am

    I’ve always loved how art can transform the everyday into something extraordinary. Marcel Dzama’s mosaic at the Bedford Avenue subway station is a perfect example of this!

  18. Ambuj Saxena
    October 6, 2023 at 12:07 pm

    The mosaic art at Grand Street station is breathtaking to say the least! I am happy to share that street art is picking up fast in India too!

  19. Rhian Scammell
    October 6, 2023 at 12:26 pm

    Such an awesome artwork and I’d never think it would be in stations. We only really get advertisements in the stations that I’ve seen x

  20. Stephanie
    October 6, 2023 at 4:37 pm

    Seeing this beautiful artwork would make riding the subway enjoyable! Thanks for sharing – I would love to see in person someday.

  21. Rayan
    October 6, 2023 at 4:59 pm

    Glendalys Medina’s work is a true masterpiece, and I love how it’s inspired by the diverse and colorful neighborhoods of Brooklyn. It’s great to hear that she took those long walks around Bushwick and Williamsburg during the pandemic, finding inspiration in the people and places around her.

  22. Sureta
    October 7, 2023 at 10:28 am

    Marcel Dzama’s art at the Bedford Avenue subway station in Brooklyn is a true gem! It’s amazing to see how Brooklyn’s subway stations continually evolve with such captivating artwork, making every ride through this vibrant neighborhood an artistic journey.

  23. Sam RB.
    October 7, 2023 at 5:02 pm

    These mosaics are awesome! I love how colorful they are and what a boost to commuters. Definitely would make my morning a little brighter.

  24. Julianna
    October 7, 2023 at 6:22 pm

    Fabulous art features. Dzama’s moon is actually quite creepy in a way and I love it! I can see why it’s such a popular one among tourists…great article!

  25. Kat
    October 8, 2023 at 8:21 pm

    Your storytelling about the Grand Street Station Brooklyn mosaic mural made me feel like I was there, appreciating the art and history. Thanks for sharing!

  26. Jupiter Hadley
    October 9, 2023 at 5:19 am

    Oh wow I like how bold these mosaics are! They really decorate the station – which is always worth doing when so many people travel through the area.

  27. Robert
    October 9, 2023 at 2:19 pm

    The new mosaic subway art at Grand Street Station in Brooklyn, is absolutely stunning! The vibrant colors and intricate design added a touch of beauty to my commute. Thanks for highlighting this artistic addition to the city!

  28. Claudia Krusch
    October 9, 2023 at 11:03 pm

    Such a great collection of mosaics! Amazing colors and designs displayed in great places!

  29. Aarika
    October 10, 2023 at 10:55 am

    This mosaic street art is beautiful! People are so talented. 😁

  30. Claudia
    October 10, 2023 at 2:19 pm

    All of those installations are so beautiful. I love the variety of different styles.

  31. Paula Richie
    October 10, 2023 at 3:35 pm

    The subway art scene in Brooklyn is truly captivating! Glendalys Medina’s mosaic is a fantastic addition. 🎨🚇

  32. Suzan
    October 11, 2023 at 1:31 pm

    The Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Arts & Design program is a true gem in the world of public art! 🚇🎨 Its commitment to curating inspiring artworks in subway and rail stations enriches the daily commute experience.

  33. Denise
    October 11, 2023 at 3:00 pm

    Great pieces of art featured here. I like the way they’ve used the communities history as an influence for their mosaics.

  34. Dr. Hinolan
    October 13, 2023 at 7:24 am

    Wow, this new mosaic art in the Grand Street Station is truly a sight to behold! The vibrant colors and intricate designs by Glendalys Medina are a fantastic addition to Brooklyn’s subway art scene. It’s amazing to see how art can transform public spaces and bring a sense of culture and identity to the neighborhood.

  35. Tracy
    October 15, 2023 at 8:04 am

    As a former subway rider, I love the beauty they are adding to the tunnels and stations. This is incredible!