The MTA has claimed the tiles actually are meant to honor Times Square’s nickname as the “Crossroads of the World” and are not Confederate Flags. In a statement to Fox 5 News the MTA says:  “These are not Confederate flags, it is a design based on geometric forms that represent the “Crossroads of the World” and to avoid absolutely any confusion we

will modify them to make that absolutely crystal clear.”   The station sits below the former New York Times building and Times Square didn’t actually exist at the time of the Civil War. The station was renovated in 1998 and included re-creations of the original mosaic design.  READ MORE