722 Miles The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York

ISBN-10: 0801880548
ISBN-13: 9780801880544
Edition: 2004
Authors: Clifton Hood
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Description: When it first opened on October 27, 1904, the New York City subway ran twenty-two miles from City Hall to 145th Street and Lenox Avenue -- the longest stretch ever built at one time. From that initial route through the completion of the IND or  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 7/13/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

When it first opened on October 27, 1904, the New York City subway ran twenty-two miles from City Hall to 145th Street and Lenox Avenue -- the longest stretch ever built at one time. From that initial route through the completion of the IND or Independent Subway line in the 1940s, the subway grew to cover 722 miles -- long enough to reach from New York to Chicago. In this definitive history, Clifton Hood traces the complex and fascinating story of the New York City subway system, one of the urban engineering marvels of the twentieth century. For the subway's centennial the author supplies a new foreward explaining that now, after a century, "we can see more clearly than ever that this rapid transit system is among the twentieth century's greatest urban achievements."

The merchants and the subway
Prologue
The great city
Making government safe for business
William Barclay Parsons and the construction of the IRT
The subway and the city
Good-bye to the patricians
The politicians and the subway
The dual contracts
Across the east river
John F. Hylan and the IND
The people's subway, the nickel fare, and unification
The revolt against politics
Epilogue : the kitchen debate

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