Photographer's Note

In many of the New York City subway stations there is art, usually mosaics or stained glass, but sometimes other mediums are also used. The art usually has something to do with the area around the station.

In the station at Essex and Delancey Streets, there is a collection of glass mosaics by Chinese-born artist Ming Fay. They are titled “Shad Crossing”. As you can see here, there are two large shad fish, along with another wall mosaic of blue waters on the left. There is also a staircase with another mosaic of shad wrapped around the bottom. In the late 19th century, shad were in abundance along the Hudson River and recently they have been returning to the waters around New York City.

The neighborhood above this station, the Lower East Side, was the main destination for immigrants coming to the United States in the 1800’s to the early 1900’s. They would have lived in crowded tenements, selling their wares in the streets, maybe even the shad that was abundant back then.

On a side note, in English the idiom “something’s fishy”, means that there is something suspicious going on. Here there is nothing suspicious, just some giant fish. :-)

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Additional Photos by Brenda Elaine (worldcitizen) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1800 W: 289 N: 3589] (13258)
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