Times Square station to ‘modify’ controversial tile pattern

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With symbols of the Confederacy under increased scrutiny, one has been located in an unlikely place. A New York City subway station has received enough complaints saying their tile arrangement resembles the Confederate flag that it has plans to rectify the problem.

The tiles at the Times Square station, which were installed almost 100 years ago, will be modified, according to an announcement by the MTA Friday. They say the original architects laid the familiar pattern due to Times Square’s nickname: “Crossroads of the World.”

Some have suspected that the design was chosen to honor the Southern heritage of former New York Times newspaper head Adolph S. Ochs, as the station sits beneath the former Times building. 

The station will be modifying the pattern, nonetheless, “to avoid absolutely any confusion” and to “make that absolutely crystal clear,” the subway station told reporters.


After the announcement, some people said they felt the subway system’s time and money would be better spent on more necessary improvements.

Others have expressed that the move is a welcome one, and agree that the tiles were an obvious nod to the wayward Confederacy.

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