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Check out the top 12 lobby artworks in NYC

You'll be amazed at the hidden art treasures that can be found in Gotham's buildings, bars and restaurants

By Howard Halle

Most people think of public art in New York as an outdoor thing, and whether you’re talking about statues like the ones found in Central Park or temporary projects by contemporary artists, that’s generally the case. But there’s another species of public art that exists—one that’s indoors and usually overlooked by New Yorkers as they rush about their business: the artworks permanently on view in various building lobbies and eating and drinking establishments. They run the gamut of mediums from murals to state-of-the-art video installations. And because these works are permanent, their styles usually reflect the era in which the buildlings in which they are located originally were built. For proof, look no further than this selection of works found in buildings old and new, ranging from Art Deco skyscrapers to the latest glass-and steel towers.

Photograph: Courtesy Jeremy Frechette

José Parlá ONE: Union of the Senses, 2014
One World Trade Center

Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/John Wisniewski

Jeff Koons, Balloon Rabbit (Red), 2005–10
51 Astor Place

Photograph: Jana Jackson

Ludwig Bemelmans, Central Park scenes, circa 1947
Bemelmans Bar, Carlyle Hotel 

Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Jessie Quan

Edward Trumbull, “Transport and Human Endeavor,” 1930
Chrysler Building

Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Andrew Russeth

Julie Mehretu, Mural, 2010
Goldman Sachs

Photograph: Courtesy Vincent Luciani

Prysm, IAC Video Wall, 2006
IAC (InterActiveCorp) Building

LGA Marine Air Terminal
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Erin Nekervis

James Brook, Flight, 1940
LaGuardia Marine Air Terminal

Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Young Sok Yun

Roy Lichtenstein, Mural with Blue Brushstroke, 1986
AXA Equitable Center

Photograph: Courtesy Nic Lehoux

Ben Rubin and Mark Hansen, Moveable Type, 2007
The New York Times Building

James Monroe Hewlett and Charles Basing, Grand Central ceiling, 1913
Grand Central Terminal

Photograph: Jana Jackson

Maxwell Parrish, Old King Cole, 1906 
St. Regis Hotel Bar

Radio City Music Hall Foyer
Photograph: Courtesy Madison Square Garden

Ezra Winter, Fountain of Youth, 1932
Radio City Music Hall


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