Fifty Years of Rapid Transit, 1864-1917

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Law Print. Company, 1918 - Local transit - 291 pages

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Page 232 - No county, city, town or village shall hereafter give any money or property, or loan its money or credit to or in aid of any individual, association or corporation, or become directly or indirectly the owner of stock in, or bonds of, any association or corporation; nor shall any such county, city, town or village be allowed to incur any indebtedness except for county, city, town or village purposes.
Page 93 - York, and having its principal office and place of business in the Borough of Manhattan, City, County and State of New York (herein called the "Association").
Page 233 - The legislature shall not pass a private or local bill granting to any private corporation, association, or individual any exclusive privilege, immunity or franchise whatever.
Page 85 - ... in the days of that Tweed Ring, let me quote an article in the New York Herald, of June 5, 1877 : "In the days of the Tweed ring the corruptionists went so far as to try to indict the Greenwich Street elevated railroad as a nuisance; they boasted that they would not only tear down the road, but would fine and imprison the enterprising citizens who advanced money to try this important and now entirely successful experiment. Engineers and newspapers were hired to assert that the road would not...
Page 140 - ... person, firm, or corporation for the construction of the road for the city and at its expense. The contractor was to be required to operate the road, as the lessee of the city, for a term of not less than thirty-five nor more than fifty years, to be specified in the contract, at an annual rental sufficient to pay the interest upon the bonds to be issued by the city to raise the money necessary to build the road, and one per cent, in addition thereto. The equipment was to be supplied by the contractor...
Page 204 - ... contract was held November VOL. 1 — 7 1, 1906, and on November 2, 1906, the supplemental agreement was transmitted to the Board of Estimate and Apportionment with a request for its approval, and for the issue of corporate stock necessary to provide for the construction of the road. The contract was approved by the Board of Estimate and Apportionment on November 23, 1906, and was thereafter executed as a supplementary agreement under Contract No. 1, with John B. McDonald and the Interborough...
Page 7 - Modern martyrdom may be succinctly defined as riding in a New York omnibus. The discomforts, inconveniences and annoyances of a trip in one of these vehicles are almost intolerable. From the beginning to the end of the journey a constant quarrel is progressing. The driver quarrels with the passengers, and the passengers quarrel with the driver. There are quarrels about getting out and quarrels about getting in. There are quarrels about change and quarrels about the ticket swindle.
Page 257 - The Webster Avenue Line, the Eighth Avenue and 162d Street Connection, the Queensboro Bridge Line and the West Farms Subway Connection. The Webster Avenue Line is an extension of the Third Avenue elevated road from...
Page 74 - ... center of the track shall be perpendicular to the center of the columns, and at a distance of not less than 14 feet above the surface of the pavement. Whenever deemed necessary to prevent oscillation of the track aforesaid, a second series of columns may be extended on the building side of the sidewalk at intervals of not less than 20 feet, which 'shall not be more than 9 inches in diameter at surface of pavement, and shall be so placed as not to...
Page 8 - ... straps, like smoked hams in a corner grocery. To enter or exit is exceedingly difficult. 'Silks and broadcloth are ruined in the attempt. As in the omnibuses pickpockets take advantage of the confusion to ply their vocation. Handkerchiefs, pocketbooks, watches and breastpins disappear most mysteriously. The foul, close, heated air is poisonous. A healthy person cannot ride a dozen blocks without a headache.

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