The City Beneath Us

Building the New York Subways

Author: New York Transit Museum

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393057973

Category: History

Page: 245

View: 5808

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.

722 Miles

The Building of the Subways and how They Transformed New York

Author: Clifton Hood

Publisher: N.A


Category: Transportation

Page: 335

View: 8195

Recounts the construction of the New York City subway system, and discusses the political, social, and engineering aspects

New York Underground

The Anatomy of a City

Author: Julia Solis

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415950138

Category: History

Page: 251

View: 6297

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.

Invisible New York

The Hidden Infrastructure of the City

Author: Stanley Greenberg,Thomas Garver

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 080185945X

Category: Architecture

Page: 90

View: 9707

Reveals the hidden infrastructure of New York City demonstrating its technological evolution since the nineteenth century

Under the Sidewalks of New York

The Story of the Greatest Subway System in the World

Author: Brian J. Cudahy

Publisher: Fordham Univ Press

ISBN: 9780823216185

Category: Transportation

Page: 194

View: 8864

But as it is in no other city on earth, the subway of New York is intimately woven into the fabric and identity of the city itself

New York Subways

An Illustrated History of New York City's Transit Cars

Author: Gene Sansone

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801879227

Category: History

Page: 508

View: 5546

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.

Subway lives

24 hours in the life of the New York City subway

Author: Jim Dwyer

Publisher: Crown Publishers


Category: Political Science

Page: 312

View: 1360

Describes one day in the life of the New York City subway system, discussing birth, death, theft, art, panhandling, derailments, accordian players and others, as seen on the Big Apple's trains


The Tracks that Built New York City

Author: Lorraine B. Diehl

Publisher: Clarkson Potter


Category: Transportation

Page: 123

View: 4222

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.

The Race Underground

Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America’s First Subway

Author: Doug Most

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1466842008

Category: Transportation

Page: 416

View: 6873

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.

Subway Style

100 Years of Architecture & Design in the New YorkCity Subway

Author: New York Transit Museum

Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang

ISBN: 9781584793496

Category: Architecture

Page: 252

View: 6997

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.

The New York City Subway System

Author: Ronald A. Reis

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1604130466

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 136

View: 4034

Traces the history of the development of the New York City subway system at the beginning of the twentieth century.

New York Subways and Stations, 1970-1990

Author: Tod Lange

Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited

ISBN: 9780764338496

Category: Photography

Page: 208

View: 2957

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.

The Very Hungry City

Urban Energy Efficiency and the Economic Fate of Cities

Author: Austin Troy

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300162316

Category: Architecture

Page: 384

View: 4879

As global demand for energy grows and prices rise, a city's energy consumption becomes increasingly tied to its economic viability, warns the author of The Very Hungry City. Austin Troy, a seasoned expert in urban environmental management, explains for general readers how a city with a high "urban energy metabolism"—that is, a city that needs large amounts of energy in order to function—will be at a competitive disadvantage in the future. He explores why cities have different energy metabolisms and discusses an array of innovative approaches to the problems of expensive energy consumption. Troy looks at dozens of cities and suburbs in Europe and the United States—from Los Angeles to Copenhagen, Denver to the Swedish urban redevelopment project Hammarby Sjöstad—to understand the diverse factors that affect their energy use: behavior, climate, water supply, building quality, transportation, and others. He then assesses some of the most imaginative solutions that cities have proposed, among them green building, energy-efficient neighborhoods, symbiotic infrastructure, congestion pricing, transit-oriented development, and water conservation. To conclude, the author addresses planning and policy approaches that can bring about change and transform the best ideas into real solutions.

Beneath the Streets

The Hidden Relics of New York City

Author: Jurne,Matthew Litwack

Publisher: Gingko PressInc

ISBN: 9781584235545

Category: Photography

Page: 224

View: 5190

Only a handful of transit workers, daring explorers and graffiti writers have experienced the full scope of the New York subway system. Beneath The Streets reveals this world for the first time with fantastic photographs captured from throughout the tunnels and byways of the subway. Although it provides service to over 5 million riders every day, the subway is for most a sealed system. Very few of its patrons are aware of the extent of this vast underground infrastructure. The authors of this important historical work first discovered this hidden world in the process of photographing graffiti found below ground in the subway system. Now their riveting documentary work opens up this subterranean maze, including 600 miles of active track as well as abandoned sections and disused stations, for all to experience.

A Subway for New York

Author: David Weitzman

Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux (BYR)

ISBN: 9780374372842

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 40

View: 1481

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!

The Race Underground

Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America's First Subway

Author: Doug Most

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0312591322

Category: History

Page: 404

View: 9987

Documents the dramatic and sometimes deadly competition between New York and Boston to build the first American subway, describing the rivalry between two brother subway engineers and their famous supporters.

Subways of the World

Author: Stan Fischler

Publisher: Motorbooks International

ISBN: 9780760307526

Category: Transportation

Page: 96

View: 7763

Featuring informative sidebars and 90 photos, this colorful look at today's subways examines the five premier systems in the world: New York, Paris, Washington, D.C., Moscow, and London.

The Routes Not Taken

A Trip Through New York City's Unbuilt Subway System

Author: Joseph B. Raskin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0823267407

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 1119

Delves deep into the underbelly of the NYC subway system to reveal the tunnels and stations that might have been. Robert A. Van Wyck, mayor of the greater city of New York, broke ground for the first subway line by City Hall on March 24, 1900. It took four years, six months, and twenty-three days to build the line from City Hall to West 145th Street in Harlem. Things rarely went that quickly ever again. The Routes Not Taken explores the often dramatic stories behind the unbuilt or unfinished subway lines, shedding light on a significant part of New York City's history that has been almost completely ignored until now. Home to one of the world's largest subway systems, New York City made constant efforts to expand its underground labyrinth, efforts that were often met with unexpected obstacles: financial shortfalls, clashing agendas of mayors and borough presidents, battles with local community groups, and much more. After discovering a copy of the 1929 subway expansion map, author Joseph Raskin began his own investigation into the city's underbelly. Using research from libraries, historical societies, and transit agencies throughout the New York metropolitan area, Raskin provides a fascinating history of the Big Apple's unfinished business that until now has been only tantalizing stories retold by public-transit experts. The Routes Not Taken sheds light on the tunnels and stations that were completed for lines that were never fulfilled: the efforts to expand the Hudson tubes into a fullfledged subway; the Flushing line, and why it never made it past Flushing; a platform underneath Brooklyn's Nevins Street station that has remained unused for more than a century; and the 2nd Avenue line long the symbol of dashed dreams deferred countless times since the original plans were presented in 1929. Raskin also reveals the figures and personalities involved, including why Fiorello LaGuardia could not grasp the importance of subway lines and why Robert Moses found them to be old and boring. By focusing on the unbuilt lines, Raskin illustrates how the existing subway system is actually a Herculean feat of countless political compromises. Filled with illustrations of the extravagant expansion plans, The Routes Not Taken provides an enduring contribution to the transportation history of New York City.

The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to the New York Subway

Author: Minh T. Nguyen

Publisher: Minh T. Nguyen


Category: Travel

Page: 102

View: 4784

The most convenient, cost-effective way to travel in New York City is by subway, but many first-time visitors, tourists, and even locals find the complexity of the system intimidating and confusing. Whether you are a first-time visitor or have struggled to use the subway system in the past, this guide is for you! This book makes absolutely no assumptions about what you know about taking public transportation in New York or elsewhere. Illustrated with more than 70 pictures and figures, this detailed guide breaks down everything you need to know about using the subway — from the ground up. You’ll learn how to read the subway map, properly differentiate between the many subway lines, and identify the correct trains and platforms. Filled with detailed information and many pictures, this guide will alleviate your fear and confusion about taking the subway and allow you to navigate it confidently and effectively so that you can focus on enjoying New York City. What this guide includes: A step-by-step guide on how to use the subway system Dealing with weekend and weeknight service changes Frequently asked questions about the subway 70+ pictures and figures allowing you to visually understand the system Tips, tricks, and subway etiquette Getting from New York’s three major airports into Manhattan

The New York City Subway

The History of America's Largest and Most Famous Subway System

Author: Charles River Charles River Editors

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781542407199


Page: 70

View: 7307

*Includes pictures *Includes accounts of the construction of the competing lines and their unification *Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading *Includes a table of contents "In New York, you've got Donald Trump, Woody Allen, a crack addict and a regular Joe, and they're all on the same subway car." - Ethan Hawke Of all the great cities in the world, few personify their country like New York City. As America's largest city and best known immigration gateway into the country, NYC represents the beauty, diversity and sheer strength of the United States, a global financial center that has enticed people chasing the "American Dream" for centuries. One of the most significant needs of a growing civilization is an efficient transportation system, and by the time the burgeoning New York City had reached the latter half of the 19th century, the waterways and narrow streets were no longer sufficient to get people from one part of the city to another. Something new was needed, and in a place where real estate was already at a premium, building above ground was not an economically efficient option. As such, the leaders of the city commissioned companies to explore the world under the busy streets, and to build a rail system that would allow people to move quickly below the feet of those walking above. First one company and then another rose to the challenge, and the first decade of the 20th century found the city with one of the best subway systems in the nation. As the city grew, so did the companies, and they continued to dig like human gophers into more expansive areas. Perhaps not surprisingly, barely anything went smoothly, and for every mile of track put down, there was at least another mile of red tape that had to be cut through. There were also accidents and tragedies both big and small, but the subway continued to expand. Eventually, city officials decided that such a large undertaking, one on which the city had grown dependent, could not be left in private hands, so the city ultimately took control of the system and made it part of a larger public transportation system in 1940. This proved to be good in the long run, but in the short run caused quite a stir, as old lines were closed and new ones opened. Moreover, as middle-class people began to own automobiles and to drive back and forth to the suburbs each day, the subway fell into disrepute, becoming a seedy place that was considered dangerous for all but the bravest citizens. That might have been the end of the enterprise, had it not been for a serious program of renovation and security that brought the underground train system safely into the 21st century. The subway survived not only its own downfall but the terror that gripped the city on September 11, 2001, and today it is once again considered the way to get around by New Yorkers in the know. Just as notably, the size and scope of the subway brings the city's residents and workers together, a sentiment David Rakoff captured only half in jest: "Deprived of the opportunity to judge one another by the cars we drive, New Yorkers, thrown together daily on mass transit, form silent opinions based on our choices of subway reading. Just by glimpsing the cover staring back at us, we can reach the pinnacle of carnal desire or the depths of hatred. Soul mate or mortal enemy." The New York City Subway: The History of America's Largest and Most Famous Subway System looks at the construction and history of one of the world's biggest and busiest public transportation systems. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the New York City subway like never before.