Following Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s stunning announcement yesterday that he is canceling the impending shutdown of the L train, the New York City subway system has been on our minds. And whether you love it or hate it, the fact remains that our fair city’s intricate web of tracks, tunnels, bridges and trains is a feat of human engineering and innovation — not to mention a democratizing space where people from all backgrounds and communities converge daily. Perhaps that’s why New York’s trains, and the people who ride them, have been a continual source of fascination and inspiration for artists and writers for more than a century. To honor the hole in the ground through which we ride every day, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite visual representations of the subway.
Top Image: Detail from Lily Furedi’s “Subway,” 1934. Image courtesy Smithsonian American Art Museum.