The Grand Opening Of New York City's Subway
On October 27, 1904, the largest underground rail system in America cut its ceremonial ribbon and welcomed commuters to the wonders of the New York City subway.
While the Big Apple’s system lost out to London as the world’s oldest subway system (unveiled in 1863) and Boston as America’s first (1897), New York did go the biggest. The initial line conducted by the Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT) ran 9.1 miles across 28 stations. From City Hall in lower Manhattan to 145th Street and Broadway in Harlem, the New York Subway drastically changed life for New Yorkers and its many visitors.