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

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JHU Press, Jul 13, 2004 - History - 335 pages
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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葉he 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様ong 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."

  

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I am fascinated by the New York City subway system and this book was a really good overview of how the system was established and evolved. It described the politicking and machinations behind the 3 ... Read full review

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Great book on the construction of the NYC subway system. Read full review

Contents

Preface
5
Introduction
11
The Merchants and the Subway
19
Prologue
21
The Great City
29
Making Government Safe for Business
56
William Barclay Parsons and the Construction of the IRT
75
The Subway and the City
91
The Dual Contracts
135
Across the East River
162
John F Hylan and the IND
181
The Peoples Subway the Nickel Fare and Unification
214
The Revolt against Politics
240
The Kitchen Debate
255
Acknowledgments
261
Notes
265

Goodbye to the Patricians
113
The Politicians and the Subway
133

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About the author (2004)

Clifton Hood is associate professor of history at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. He was formerly a curator of the LaGuardia Archives at LaGuardia College, City University of New York.

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