Mosaics date back to the second half of third millennium B.C., but even though New York City is not quite four-hundred years old, there are plenty of these assemblages all around--like this one at 35 East 125th Street.
1150 Grand Concourse, Bronx: The 1936 structure at this address is known unofficially as the Fish Building because of the aquarium-motif mosaic at the front entrance, artist unknown.
Here's a close-up of the mosaic's mondo amoeba.
310 West 43rd Street: At the entrance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Labor Center is a sweeping mosaic that pays tribute to various workers--including those in the medical field.
Here's a close-up of a hospital worker reading an X-ray. The mosaic is by Russian-born artist Anton Refregier and dates from 1970.
St. Mark's Place and Second Avenue.
2547 Broadway: Two Boots Pizzeria by artist Juan Carlos Pinto.
Frederick Douglass Boulevard and West 133rd Street: P.S. 92 Mary McLeod Bethune.
75 Broad Street: Over the entrance to the International Telephone and Telegraph Building of 1928 by Buchman & Kahn is this mosaic dome that depicts an angel (with abs) uniting the hemispheres with electricity.
Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island: In 1998 and '99 a team of 40 artisans from Suzhou created the New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, including this walkway seal of cranes, symbols of longevity.
28 East 63th Street: Above the entrance to the Lowell Hotel.
Frederick Douglass Boulevard and West 125th Street: This splendid wall mosaic of 2005 is titled Spirit of Harlem and is by artist Louis del Sarte. The tiles were manufactured by Franz Mayer of Munich.
Truth told, this is not a mosaic but it sure looks like one. It's a mural by artist R. Nicholas Kuszyk at Bedford Avenue and North 3rd Street in Williamsburg.
To look at another post about decorative arts in New York City, visit: Alluring Architectural Appliqués in the Bronx