722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York / Edition 1

722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York / Edition 1

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by Clifton Hood
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801880548

ISBN-13: 9780801880544

Pub. Date: 08/30/2004

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

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

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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—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."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801880544
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
08/30/2004
Edition description:
Centennial Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
467,302
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.87(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Pt. IThe merchants and the subway19
Prologue21
1The great city29
2Making government safe for business56
3William Barclay Parsons and the construction of the IRT75
4The subway and the city91
5Good-bye to the patricians113
Pt. IIThe politicians and the subway133
6The dual contracts135
7Across the east river162
8John F. Hylan and the IND181
9The people's subway, the nickel fare, and unification214
10The revolt against politics240
Epilogue : the kitchen debate255

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722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Extremely interesting history of the building of the NYC subways, including the various early methods that were conisdered and the barriers, physical and otherwise, that existed.
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