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Uptown New York

Uptown New York

Frank Leslie Hampton
A mosaic shows the facade of a building, with other buildings visible through the windows. There's blue sky above, and clothing in bright colors hangs on clotheslines throughout the image.

Uptown New York, a colorful, airy celebration of apartment life in the Bronx, is the centerpiece of the Tremont Avenue subway station's renovation. Drawn from his childhood memory, artist Frank Hampton created a tableau taken from the viewpoint of an actual rooftop location. The viewer, looking through a building, sees the neighbors' furniture, the continuing view of nearby rooftops, other apartment buildings, and beyond to the skyscrapers of Manhattan.

"I grew up in the Bronx gazing out of apartment windows that look out onto fire escapes, store signs, laundry, and buildings upon buildings," said Hampton. "These have always seemed like mosaics to me, colorful, interacting, and in constant motion. Windows played the role of a yard I didn't have."

Exhibit details

  • Title
    Uptown New York
  • Artist Name
    Frank Leslie Hampton
  • Fabricator
    Tom Patti
  • Location
    Tremont Av (B, D)
  • Program
    Permanent Art