No. 7 riders treated to stained glass murals

By Philip Newman

As No. 7 trains pass through three successive elevated stations in Long Island City and Sunnyside, passengers seated on both sides of the cars are greeted with brilliantly colored glass murals of familiar Queens scenes ranging from the Mets and the Weeping Beech to Lunar New Year celebrations and Aqueduct racetrack.

The illustrations may at first look like the stained glass windows that frequently adorn places of worship. But Kendall Henry, director of the project, said they are composed of what is called faceted glass, an inch thick, which is much thicker and more durable than stained glass.

The $100,000 project headed by Henry is one of about 50 such projects underway at any given time by the Metropolitan Trans

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