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IND Station Tile Colors

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This list is grouped by "color family", i.e. the five primary colors used in the IND subway: red, yellow, green, blue and purple. Color names are taken from paint chips and Berol Prismacolor (tm) pencils.

As you go away from downtown Manhattan, whether uptown or towards Brooklyn, the colors change each time an express station is reached. Thereafter, all the local stations have the same color (or color group) tiles as the preceding express station. This presumably was intended to serve as a means for helping passengers to remember where to change for the local on the way home from work.

Since the 'G' line skirts Manhattan, and could thus be said to point away from Manhattan in both directions, all stations from Court Square to Fulton Street have tiles with the same color group, namely green. Three different shades of green exist in this section.

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Color Chart of Stations on Independent Lines. (New York Transit Museum).

Station Band Color Border Color Tile Height Notes

Red Family

169th Street Carmine Red Black 2  
Parsons Boulevard Scarlet Red Black 3  
23rd Street-Ely Avenue Scarlet Lake Dark Brown 2 Note 1
5th Ave-53rd Street Carmine Red Crimson 2 Note 2
47th-50th Street Scarlet Red Dark Brown 3  
42nd Street-6th Ave Scarlet Red Dark Brown 3  
34th Street-Penn Station Burgundy Black 2  
168th Street Burgundy Black 2  
207th Street Claret Red Pearl Grey 2 Note 21
Tremont Avenue Claret Red Black 3  
182nd-183rd Street Claret Red Black 2  
Utica Avenue Tuscan Red Maroon 3  
Ralph Avenue Tuscan Red Maroon 2  
Rockaway Avenue Tuscan Red Maroon 2  
Church Avenue Burgundy Maroon 2  
Fulton Street (Nassau) Tuscan red Maroon 2 Notes 15,19

Yellow Family

Sutphin Boulevard Sunshine Yellow Black 2  
Briarwood-Van Wyck Blvd Corn Yellow Black 2  
Union Turnpike Jasmine Black 3  
14th Street-8th Avenue Mustard Yellow Terra Cotta Brown 2  
145th Street Deep Yellow Black 2  
34th Street-6th Avenue Deep Yellow Yellow Ochre 3 Note 18
155th Street-8th Avenue Deep Yellow Black 2  
161st Street-River Avenue Mustard Yellow Black 2 Note 3
167th Street Spanish Orange Black 2  
170th Street Spanish Orange Black 2  
174th-175th Street Deep Yellow Black 2  
7th Avenue-Park Slope Orange Yellow Brown 3 Note 12
15th Street-Prospect Park Orange Yellow Brown 3  
Fort Hamilton Parkway Orange Yellow Brown 2  
Nostrand Avenue Maize Saddle Brown 3  
Kingston-Throop Avenue Maize Saddle Brown 2  
Broad Street Deep Yellow Saddle Brown 3 Notes 15,19

Green Family

75th Avenue Light Green Black 2  
71st Avenue Nile Green Black 3  
23rd Street-6th Avenue Medium Light Green True Green 2  
14th Street-6th Avenue Medium Light Green True Green 2  
West 4th Street Grass Green Chrome Green 2  
125th Street Marine Green Black 2  
Bedford Park Boulevard Grass Green Chrome Green 3  
205th Street Medium Light Green Campus Green 2  
Court Square Hunter Green Black 2  
21st St-Van Alst Hunter Green Black 2  
Greenpoint Avenue Hunter Green Black 2  
Nassau Avenue Hunter Green Black 2  
Metropolitan Ave-Grand Street Nile Green Black 2  
Broadway Nile Green Black 2  
Flushing Avenue Light Green True Green 2  
Myrtle-Willoughby Light Green True Green 2  
Bedford-Nostrand Light Green True Green 2  
Classon Avenue Light Green True Green 2  
Clinton-Wash.(Lafayette) Light Green True Green 2  
Fulton Street Light Green True Green 2  
Hoyt-Schermerhorn Light Green True Green 2 Note 4
Lafayette Avenue Light Green True Green 2  
Clinton-Wash (Fulton) Light Green True Green 2  
Franklin Avenue Light Green True Green 2  
Grant Avenue Bottle Green Ice Green   Note 5
Bergen Street Bottle Green Light Green 2 Note 6
Carroll Street Lawn Green Hunter Green 2  

Blue Family

67th Avenue Sky Blue Black 2  
63rd Drive Sky Blue Black 2  
Woodhaven Boulevard Cerulean Blue Black 2  
Grand Avenue True Blue Black 2  
Elmhurst Avenue True Blue Black 2  
Roosevelt Avenue Violet Blue Black 2  
59th Street Ultramarine Blue Black 2  
81st Street Midnight Blue Black 1 Notes 22, 23
Kingsbridge Road Ultramarine Blue Cobalt Blue 3  
Spring Street Ultramarine Blue Cobalt Blue 2 Note 7
Canal Street Royal Blue Black 3 Note 8
Jay Street Ultramarine Blue Cobalt Blue 2  
Broadway-Lafayette Royal Blue Black 3 Note 9
York Street Cloud Blue Periwinkle Blue 1 Note 10
Broadway-East New York Blueberry Delft Blue 3  
Liberty Avenue Cornflower Blue Ultramarine Blue 2  
Van Siclen Avenue Cornflower Blue Ultramarine Blue 2  
Shepherd Avenue Cornflower Blue Ultramarine Blue 2  
Court Street-Transit Museum Aquamarine Blue Royal Blue 2  
8th Avenue-14th Street Ultramarine Blue Cobalt Blue 2 Note 15

Purple Family

179th Street Violet Black   Notes 5, 20
65th Street Mauve Black 2  
Northern Boulevard Mauve Black 2  
46th Street Grape Black 2  
Steinway Street Grape Black 2  
36th Street Grape Black 2  
Queens Plaza Black Grape Black 3  
7th Avenue-53rd Street Royal Purple Black   Notes 16, 17
42nd Street-8th Avenue Orchid Black 2 Note 11
Chambers Street-WTC Blue Violet Black   Note 13
Chambers Street-WTC (H&M) Concord Grape Black 3 Note 14
Broadway-Nassau Violet Grape 2  
High Street Violet Grape 2  
Euclid Avenue Lilac Medium Violet 3  
2nd Avenue Medium Violet Violet 3  
Delancey Street Lavender Blue Grape 2  
East Broadway Lavender Blue Black 3  
Fordham Road Grape Plum 3  

No Color

175th Street
Lexington Ave.-53rd St.

Color on Station Sign Only
(sign background color)

200th-Dyckman Street Burgundy
190th-Overlook Terrace Burgundy
181st Street Burgundy
163rd Street-Amsterdam Ave Orange Yellow
155th Street Orange Yellow
135th Street Marine Green
116th Street Midnight Blue
110th Street Midnight Blue
96th Street Midnight Blue
86th Street Midnight Blue
72nd Street Midnight Blue
50th Street Orchid
23rd Street Deep Yellow
  1. Some tiles at east end city bound platform are "Crimson Lake"
  2. Replacement tiles. Original tiles were marine green upstairs, maroon downstairs
  3. Replacement tiles. Original tiles were yellow-orange and black
  4. Slight variant shades at east end platform wall
  5. Rectangular tiles, new style circa 1950's
  6. Replacement tiles. Original tiles were the same as those at Carroll Street, but 3 tiles high.
  7. Replacement tiles at north end ultramarine blue, navy blue
  8. Replacement tiles. Original tiles were ultramarine blue and cobalt blue
  9. Replacement tiles. Original tiles were powder blue, true blue
  10. Faded by time from shades of violet - see East Broadway, Delancey St.,2nd Avenue.
  11. Replacement Tiles, original was orchid/black, have large white "42" superimposed on tile band
  12. Top border only is full tile height
  13. Replacement tiles. Original tiles were plum/prune
  14. Replacement tile-prefab panels ("A" platform only)
  15. Not really an IND station. Dual contract opened 1931, built in IND style.
  16. Replacement tiles. Original tiles were dark violet and black
  17. Replacement tiles do not use full 4 1/4" squares, use six smaller ones.
  18. Replaced early 90s with non-traditional IND motif
  19. Replaced 1995 with traditional BMT tiles
  20. Replaced with blue and orange metal wall decoration
  21. Replacement tile, 2-1/8" square. Original wall tile had no color band.
  22. 1" hairline border
  23. Upper level tile band is wider than lower level. Upper level has 4 1/4" tiles; lower level has 2 1/8" tiles (exclusive of border).

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