The South Ferry underground station reopens following the flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy

The New York underground is one of the most extensive underground transport networks in the world, with almost 500 stations, as well as one of the oldest, with the first of the lines inaugurated in 1904.

Linked in 2009 with the Whitehall Street stop, in 2012, South Ferry station was completely flooded with salt water during Hurricane Sandy, which hit the city of New York hard.


Following renovation work, South Ferry station finally reopened to the public in June.

For the sake of consistency with the previous style, the station – previously tiled with Mirage porcelain stoneware from the Black&White collection – was renewed, maintaining the striking color effect of the ceramics in the color Extrabianco.

The tiles were laid using a ventilated facade system applied inside the underground; this option was chosen not so much for top energy performance as for the need to be able to inspect the services ducts behind the tiles.

The use of porcelain stoneware also made it possible to have lighter tiles that were easier to handle, yet still boasted excellent mechanical and chemical resistance, with particular attention paid to how easily any graffiti could be removed.

The main technical evolution applied during the reconstruction work regarded the creation of tiles decorated with diagonal red strips and lettering with the name of the station, also in shades of black and red for a sharp contrast with the white surface, enhancing the geometry of the underground station with a minimalist style.