Apple Subway Tours Unveils Beauty That Lurks Under Bustling New York City
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Consider enjoying the sights and smells of the New York subway system.
OK, you can belay the order on the smells, but you really should consider stopping for just a moment to appreciate some of the amazing images you meander past nonchalantly on your daily commute or respective New York holiday.
Apple Subway Tours is a tour service that is offering insight into a crowded maze of infrastructure that might actually be underappreciated, save the rats scurrying about that seem to appreciate just about every nook.
The website states, “Apple Subway Tours offers tours that seek to inform and entertain. Our focus is on the extraordinary art that is available throughout the NYC underground system, and we offer three art tours -- an Uptown, Downtown, and Queens tour -- that showcase a broad range of the system's remarkable art collection.”
Millions have passed through subway turnstiles, quick to rush to their respective cars and zone out until they once again see the light of day.
Thankfully, there is an intriguing service that asks, aside from obvious compensation, for its patrons to pause a moment and to savor peculiar environs.
Instead of trying to ignore the oft-used subways, perhaps open the eyes so that you might fill the heart with amazing artistic creativity you wouldn’t otherwise have known existed.
Creator Robert S. Want explained the impetus behind the tours in a press release: “There have been vast improvements in the NYC subway in the past few decades, but many people, particularly visitors to the city, view it as it used to be, not as the dramatically improved system it is today.”
Want continues, asserting there is a veritable treasure trove of beauty in an unexpected place: “While this extraordinary art is readily available to millions of riders on a daily basis, few stop in the midst of their daily commutes to appreciate it. But for those who do make the effort, an otherwise drab commute can become an aesthetic experience.”
So if you are sold on the idea consider taking a brief jaunt through the website, which boasts several tour options.
“The Underground Art Tour: Uptown and the Bronx,” for example, will run $45 for adults and $35 for children.
Besides a roundtrip fare card, patrons will get an immersive look at art that is otherwise hidden in plain sight.
For a closer look, YouTube’s Art Seen chronicled the city’s Art for Transit program back in 2013:
Now of course you can continue flying through the underground world with nonchalance and apathy.
But it’s more fun and loads more enlightening to allow the remarkable to truly astound.
New York City abounds with brilliance, which we now know includes art remaining deep within its recesses.
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