Author: Vivian Heller
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Release Date: 2004
Drawn from a newly discovered cache of historical photos from the New York Transit Museum, a collection of 175 duotone images showcases the construction techniques and architectural details that were involved in the creation of the New York City subway system, in a centennial anniversary tribute complemented by an illustrated history.
Author: Julia Solis
Publisher: Psychology Press
Release Date: 2005
A lavishly illustrated historical odyssey through New York's remarkable underground systems celebrates the centennial of the New York subways as it examines fascinating facts, myths, and lore about this colorful underground world.
Author: Randy Kennedy
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: 2014-04-08
Since the doors of the first subway train opened in 1904, New Yorkers and tourists alike have been fascinated, amused, amazed, repelled and bewildered by the world-within-a-world that lies beneath the city. Now, in Subwayland, as the subway celebrates its centennial anniversary, creator of The New York Times's award-winning "Tunnel Vision" column Randy Kennedy leads us on an extended tour of this storied subterranean land, revealing: * Its inhabitants: the Tango Man, the traveling magician, Mayor Bloomberg * Its wildlife: the subway-riding pigeons, the Fulton Street cat, the blind mules * Its customs, taboos and secret histories: door blocking, leg spreading, pole hugging, even, yes, token sucking * Its government: the sheriff of Grand Central, the Ethel Merman of the shuttle, the motorman who drove the last No. 1 train beneath the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 * Tips for the first-time traveler: how to get a seat, how to get a date, the fine art of "pre-walking"
Offers readers the factual account of how the first section of the New York City's subway system was able to transport its many passengers from areas in lower Manhattan to the Upper West Side in just a matter of minutes--and for only a nickel!
Author: Brian J. Cudahy
Publisher: Fordham Univ Press
Release Date: 2004-09
"I declare the subway open," said Mayor George B. McClelland at about 2 p.m. on October 27, 1904. His hand on the switch, McClelland drove the new electric-powered cars of the Interborough Rapid Transit Company out of the City Hall station for the ride under Broadway to 145th Street in Harlem.After a decade of digging, New York was moving uptown. And everything began to change. Brian Cudahy offers a fascinating tribute to the world the subway created. Taking a fresh look at one of the marvels of the 20th century, Cudahy creates a vivid sense of this extraordinary achievement- how the city was transformed once New Yorkers started riding in a hole in the ground. The story begins before 1904. For years, everyone knew only a new public transportation system could break the gridlock strangling the most crowded city in America. Cudahy's hero is August Belmont, Jr., the banker who risked a fortune to finance the building of the IRT. Next, Cudahy moves to Boston and London, whose subways were older than New York's, to compare the experiences of these great cities. And he explores the impact of the new IRT on New York's commuter railroads and later on rail transportation from Buffalo to Los Angeles. New York simply would not be possible without its subways. With this spirited salute to the powerbrokers and politicians who planned it and the engineers and laborers who built it, Brian Cudahy helps us remember the real legacy of the subway - and the city it made.
Author: Lorraine B. Diehl
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
Release Date: 2004
An illustrated history of New York City's subway system profiles the personalities responsible for designing and building the subway; recounts its construction and growth; and offers rare subway memorabilia and archival photographs.
Author: Doug Most
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: 2014-02-04
In the late nineteenth century, as cities like Boston and New York grew more congested, the streets became clogged with plodding, horse-drawn carts. When the great blizzard of 1888 crippled the entire northeast, a solution had to be found. Two brothers from one of the nation's great families-Henry Melville Whitney of Boston and William Collins Whitney of New York-pursued the dream of his city digging America's first subway, and the great race was on. The competition between Boston and New York played out in an era not unlike our own, one of economic upheaval, life-changing innovations, class warfare, bitter political tensions, and the question of America's place in the world.The Race Underground is peopled with the famous, like Boss Tweed, Grover Cleveland and Thomas Edison, and the not-so-famous, from brilliant engineers to the countless "sandhogs" who shoveled, hoisted and blasted their way into the earth's crust, sometimes losing their lives in the construction of the tunnels. Doug Most chronicles the science of the subway, looks at the centuries of fears people overcame about traveling underground and tells a story as exciting as any ever ripped from the pages of U.S. history. The Race Underground is a great American saga of two rival American cities, their rich, powerful and sometimes corrupt interests, and an invention that changed the lives of millions.
A thorough history follows the evolution of the New York subway system from visionary idea, through political machinations and feats of urban planning, to engineering reality, and looks at the diverse ways in which mass transportation has shaped New York City and the lives of its inhabitants. Reprint.
An assistant chief mechanical officer for the MTA New York City Transit describes, illustrates, and provides technical data for all the passenger rolling stock that has ever operated in New York City's subway, from the early days of steam and cable to the high-tech world of the present, accompanied by an array of photographs, technical data, and engineering plans.
Author: Tracy Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Release Date: 2009
Paintings, graffiti, photographs, and public art by Walker Evans, DONDI, Keith Haring, and others are featured in this visual representation of the New York subway system and the art it has inspired throughout the years.
Author: New York Transit Museum
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang
Release Date: 2004-10-01
Chronicles the development of the New York City subway system using original drawings, plans, and period and contemporary photographs; and includes train interiors, architectural details of the stations, and the development of the token.
Author: Tod Lange
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
Release Date: 2011
Two decades of New York's subway trains and surroundings presented in large full-color images. See 1970s and 1980s New York through the attitude and reputation of its transportation system. While it wasn't the cleanest system, it had the most color and attracted people from all over the world. Tod Lange, artist and subway archivist, presents more than 150 images of his favorite train lines, graffiti painted cars, stations, subway yards, and work equipment that defined one of New York's bygone eras. It may have been a scary and dangerous place to some but it was home to millions. Rail fans and those hankering for a memento of this period in New York City's history will appreciate this rare look at trains that have since been turned into scrap metal or sunk to the bottom of the ocean.