Rainbow Crosswalk at the Stonewall Inn

NYC Pride Heritage of Pride, Inc had an idea to commemorate the LGBT(QA+) community, They did the fundraising and coordinating with the The city of New York and selected Ruby Lake Glass to provide the vibrant and long lasting color necessary to celebrate the 2018 NYC Pride March. With Ruby Lake Color Coated Recycled Glass a crosswalk was installed at the intersection of 7th Avenue (South) and Christopher Street (east side) near the Stonewall Inn.

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Crews from Hi-Way Safety Systems and Ruby Lake Glass meticulously laid down Pink, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Sky Blue, Cobalt and Purple color coated glass to create a stunning crosswalk that is reminiscent of the original Pride Flag. Ruby Lake Glass specializes in custom color, and for this crosswalk, Pink was their newest custom color created. After a series of tests at the plant in Richfield Springs NY, the perfect match of pink was created on the color coated glass to match that reflected on the flag. Ruby Lake Glass prides itself in using the highest quality UV stable pigments on pulverized 100% recycled glass that will last for years.

The people of New York City chose Stonewall Inn as the location for the installation. This iconic location has a historical past for the diverse communities of the city of New York.  In 1969, after a police raid of the Stonewall Inn, riots and protests against police harassment and social discrimination of the LGBT(QA+) community erupted on the streets of Greenwich Village for six days as the Gay Rights Movement began in the United States. To commemorate those who fought, and who continue to stand up against bigotry and hatred, a 1969 Penny was placed in the Purple stripe of the Rainbow Crosswalk.  

All images in this post were taken by NYC DOT. 

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Check out Ruby Lake Glass’s  other vibrant installations, click here to see the crosswalk in Tucson, AZ or the Red, White, and Blue in National Harbor, Washington DC. 

Tucson Arizona Rainbow Crosswalk

Tucson Arizona Rainbow Crosswalk

A crosswalk that brightens the intersection and really shows what Ruby Lake Glass custom color matching can do.

Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Arizona's second largest city, Tucson, is committed to building up the bicycle infrastructure. Ruby Lake Glass installed their first Arizona installation on a high traffic and bicycle street going northbound at the intersection of Mount Street and Glenn Street. Working with Ann Chenecka, program coordinator for the city's bicycle and pedestrian program, this intersection was chosen to give drivers a visual delineation from the car lane and the bike lane, creating a complete street lay out.  

 

What color do you want?

It's a lot of fun for us to tell a customer we can make any custom color. Here in the labs at Ruby Lake Glass we pride ourselves on our ingenuity to be creative and agile to the customer's needs. Recently, we've found another way to help people define their visions in design with custom color.

Introducing to you our latest color - gray. It's not our boldest or brightest color, but we are excited to share it with you! We were presented with a customer that wanted the skid-resistant surface we offer, but the color of concrete. We snatched up the opportunity to find the perfect match, mixing up 3 different "concrete" colors for sampling. Now we are here to present you with the winning color!

 

 

Color is the exciting part about Ruby Lake Glass, but our testing is the part that gets to the core of another very important topic - safety. When our product is applied to the ground, we have a friction rating of 71. What that means is that we have very good friction! And here is the bigger picture of what we are doing at Ruby Lake Glass, we have the opportunity to provide a custom skid resistant surface.  Our customer gets to keep the ground cover aesthetic of concrete and in the rainy days - they opted for anti-slip safety. When a bike is zipping through - there is traction. Safety through ingenuity is what we are proud to help our communities achieve.