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.
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.
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.
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!
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: 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.
All over New York City, hidden behind unassuming historic facades, sits the gigantic machinery of the power stations that once moved the subways. For over a century, the 125,000-pound converters and related equipment of the substations remained largely unchanged, but in 1999 the last manually operated substation was shut down and since then they have been systematically dismantled and sold as scrap. In 1997, author Christopher Payne was introduced to the substations by an official of the Metropolitan Transit Authority's Power Division. Since then, he has rushed to photograph, draw, and write the history of these amazing buildings and their machines before they are completely gone. With virtually unlimited access to the substations, he has developed an intimate bond with the buildings that most people know only in passing. His beautiful photographs and detailed drawings bring these lost treasures to life, while his illuminating text tells their fascinating story. Anyone interested in the art of industrial America or the New York subway will find this book a delight.
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: 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: Stéphane Tonnelat
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Release Date: 2017-04-18
Genre: Social Science
Nicknamed the International Express, the New York City Transit Authority 7 subway line runs through a highly diverse series of ethnic and immigrant neighborhoods in Queens. People from Andean South America, Central America, China, India, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, and Vietnam, as well as residents of a number of gentrifying blue-collar and industrial neighborhoods, fill the busy streets around the stations. The 7 train is a microcosm of a specifically urban, New York experience, in which individuals from a variety of cultures and social classes are forced to interact and get along with one another. For newcomers to the city, mastery of life in the subway space is a step toward assimilation into their new home. In International Express, the French ethnographer Stéphane Tonnelat and his collaborator William Kornblum, a native New Yorker, ride the 7 subway line to better understand the intricacies of this phenomenon. They also ask a group of students with immigrant backgrounds to keep diaries of their daily rides on the 7 train. What develops over time, they find, is a set of shared subway competences leading to a practical cosmopolitanism among riders, including immigrants and their children, that changes their personal values and attitudes toward others in small, subtle ways. This growing civility helps newcomers feel at home in an alien city and builds what the authors call a "situational community in transit." Yet riding the subway can be problematic, especially for women and teenagers. Tonnelat and Kornblum pay particular attention to gender and age relations on the 7 train. Their portrait of integrated mass transit, including a discussion of the relationship between urban density and diversity, is invaluable for social scientists and urban planners eager to enhance the cooperative experience of city living for immigrants and ease the process of cultural transition.
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.