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

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Overview

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: 8/30/2004
  • Edition description: Centennial Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 940,138
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Pt. I The merchants and the subway 19
Prologue 21
1 The great city 29
2 Making government safe for business 56
3 William Barclay Parsons and the construction of the IRT 75
4 The subway and the city 91
5 Good-bye to the patricians 113
Pt. II The politicians and the subway 133
6 The dual contracts 135
7 Across the east river 162
8 John F. Hylan and the IND 181
9 The people's subway, the nickel fare, and unification 214
10 The revolt against politics 240
Epilogue : the kitchen debate 255
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    Extremely interesting history of the building of the NYC subways

    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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