Tunneling to the Future: The Story of the Great Subway Expansion That Saved New York

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NYU Press, 2002 - History - 442 pages

In 1910, New York City was bursting at the seams as more and more people crowded into a limited supply of housing in the tenement districts of Manhattan and the older areas of Brooklyn. With no outlet for its exploding population, and the burgeoning social problems created by the overwhelming congestion, New York faced a serious crisis which city and state leaders addressed with dramatic measures. In March 1913, public officials and officers of the two existing rapid transit networks shook hands to seal a deal for a greatly expanded subway system which would more than double the size of the two existing transit networks.

At the time the largest and most expensive single municipal project ever attempted, the Dual System of Rapid Transit set the pattern of growth in New York City for decades to come, helped provide millions of families a better quality of life, and, in the words of Manhattan borough president George McAneny (1910-1913), "proved the city's physical salvation." It stands as that rare success story, an enormously complicated project undertaken against great odds which proved successful beyond all measure.

Published in conjunction with the History of the City of New York Project.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Beginnings of Rapid Transit inNew York
9
The Deadlock over More Subways
47
Rapid Transit to Save New York
90
Stumbling toward a Solution
123
The Dual System of Rapid Transit
153
The Battle over Financing the Dual System
186
Impact of the Dual System
231
Conclusion
263
Summary of the Dual System Contracts and Related Certificates
269
Opening Dates of the Dual System Lines
284
Notes
287
Bibliography
401
Index
423
About the Author
442
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Peter Derrick is Archivist for the Bronx County Historical Society.

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