Q is for Queens
When the 7 train climbs onto the elevated tracks in Queens, on its way from Times Square to Flushing, it enters one of the most ethnically diverse areas of the country, travelling through so many ethnic and immigrant communities, that it has become known as the International Express. In 2000, the line received national distinction when its run through Queens was cited as a National Millennium Trail, one of 16 in the nation.
As part of a major rehabilitation project that is improving service along the busy line, three stations-33rd Street, 40th Street and 46th Street- have been completely renovated. The renovation features a major work of art that pays homage to the borough and its diversity. Yumi Heo was commissioned to design 30 faceted-glass panels that are installed along the mezzanines and platforms of the stations by Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York in 1996. Each panel depicts a borough landmark, ethnic festival, or parade. Heo used the alphabet as her starting point, beginning with Aqueduct Racetrack and ending with the zoo at the Queen Wildlife Center. Among the other panels are Dragon Boat Festival, Ganesh Chaturthi Celebration and Procession, Hispanic Day Parade, Langston Hughes Community Library, Onderdonk House, and Thunderbird American Indian Dances.