Editorial Reviews
The City Beneath Us

About the Author
Vivian Heller received her Ph.D. in literature and modern studies from Yale University. Her short stories have appeared in Confrontation and Bomb. She lives in Staatsburg, New York.

Product Description:
A newly discovered cache of magnificent historical photographs.

There have been, and will be, other books on the New York City subway system, but none have had access to the wonderful photographic prints from the collections of the New York Transit Museum that are presented in this volume. Made from 8 x 10-inch glass negatives after the turn of the last century, and reproduced here in glorious duotone, over 175 images show the incredible construction techniques and details involved in creating the underground marvel we enjoy today. From "cut and cover" and deep tunneling to sinking under-river tubes and disastrous cave-ins, these photographs are nothing short of awe-inspiring. The book is accompanied by an engaging, illustrated history of the subway system. Published in honor of the New York City subway's centennial, A City Beneath Us will fascinate anyone who's ever been amazed by the gigantic undertaking that is New York City transportation. 175 duotone and 40 black-and-white photographs.


The publisher, Fordham University Press (fordhampress@yahoo.com) , July 7, 1999
The Malbone Street Wreck
On November 1, 1918, as the Great War in Europe was entering its final hours, a five-car elevated train was heading for the Flatbush section of Brooklyn with hundreds of homeward-bound commuters aboard. As the train rumbled down a short hill between Prospect Park and Ebbets Field in the very heart of Brooklyn, the unthinkable happened: the motorman lost control and the train left the tracks as it curved into a tunnel at the foot of the hill. The ensuing disaster, known ever since as the Malbone Street Wreck, took the lives of almost a hundred people and stands as the worst mass-transit accident in U.S. history.

Unlike the Titanic disaster, however, the Malbone Street Wreck has received scant attention from scholars and historians over the years. As is so often the case, popular accounts of the tragedy have managed to enshrine as dogma things that are absolutely untrue.

Now, Fordham University Press is proud to present Brian Cudahy's long-awaited account of the Malbone Street Wreck, a book that recounts the events leading up to the disaster, describes the fateful train trip from its beginning to its terrible end, and reviews efforts conducted after the tragedy to fix blame and establish liability.

Could the Malbone Street Wreck have been avoided? Clearly yes, is Cudahy's answer. Had any number of factors not combined in precisely the way that they did, the five-car train might well have continued its journey to Brighton Beach in a completely uneventful manner.

But they did happen exactly as they happened, and that is why The Malbone Street Wreck makes such arresting reading. Could another Malbone Street Wreck happen at some future time in New York, or on any other U.S. mass-transit system? Transit professionals will have to answer this question after they read Cudahy's account of how and why November 1, 1918, has become such an important day in transportation history.

Editorial Reviews

New York City Subway Trains

About the Author
The New York Transit Museum is home to more than 100 years of transit lore and memorabilia. The museum's central facility is housed in an authentic 1930s subway station in Brooklyn Heights.

Book Description
The New York City Subway system celebrates its 100th anniversary on October 27, 2004, but you can bring the romance of the old subway alive today with New York City Subway Trains. The book includes 12 easy-to-assemble punch-out train cars that are modeled after the historic old trains from the New York Transit Museum archives. The cars are printed on full-color laminated paper, with identifying historical information printed on the bottom of each. It's a fun book that sneaks in some fascinating history of America's first subway system, and it's the perfect gift for any New Yorker or New York-a-phile you might know!

Ride the subway down memory lane with pictures of cars such as: The classic R32/R38, also known as the Brightliners; The traditional New York Subway Car that ran on every part of the IRT subway and was known for its speed and reliability; The famous BMT D-Type, the best-loved and most fun to ride BMT car with its distinctive appearance inside and out.

Why can't we have THAT subway system in MY city?, April 19, 2000
Reviewer: Alec Boyte from Toronto, Canada

This book ( Under the Sidewalks of New York) contains loads of captivating info on that giant web that is the NY subway. Brian Cudahy seems to have a thorough knowledge of transit affairs, and of NY (he grew up in Brooklyn). This is not his first book on the subject, and he treats it with a personal touch that makes it very captivating to anybody, not just New Yorkers. This book is a treasure of little-known facts, peculiarities and anecdotes. I had a lot of fun reading it along with a map of today's network, to see how it evolved (and sometimes "devolved"). Very lively, with some classic NY politics, some catastrophes (including the departure of the Dodgers), and descriptions of how the subway helped make NY what it is today. Under the Sidewalks of NY made me go to bed late the way The Godfather did! I would recommend this book not only to every New Yorker, but also to anybody interested in NY and/or urban transit.

Editorial Reviews
Transit Talk
This testimony to working life illuminates the stories, adventures, and wisdom of New York transit workers. More than 100 transit workers were interviewed to discover just what goes on behind the scenes of public transportation. The challenges are legion: the danger of working next to high-voltage power lines in a system that operates 24 hours a day for 7 days a week; workers risking their own lives to save others, an act that often leaves them as witnesses to pain and death. In their testimonies, workers express the importance of bonding with their colleagues for protection as well as companionship.

Then there are the scams that workers cope with daily, such as the "blind" man who puts egg membrane in his eyes to implement his begging routine; "token suckers" who use soda cans to trap fare tokens for resale; holdups and gang activities that make many workers' jobs even more difficult and dangerous. For most passengers, the transit workers are a nearly invisible part of their own daily routine. Snyder's book gives transit workers both voices and names. --Susan Swartwout

Editorial Reviews

Evolution of New York City Subways: An Illustrated History of New York City's Transit Cars 1867-1997

Book Description
Photographs, line drawings, and narratives record the development of the New York City subway system's rolling stock.

A collaborative labor of love by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the New York Transit Museum, Gene Sansone's Evolution of New York City Subways: An Illustrated History of New York City's Transit Cars, 1867-1997—now available from the Johns Hopkins University Press with a new foreword by Clifton Hood—offers an extensive array of photographs, line drawings, and stories about the city's most treasured railcars. Subway buffs, railfans, students of New York City history, and specialists in the history of technology will appreciate this authoritative account. MTA New York City Transit and Sansone provide a record of the rolling stock that helped make New York City one of the great cities of the world.

From the Publisher
"Offers an encyclopedic amount of information and is organized in a precise and thorough manner. The book contains a wealth of history and detail [for] tourists and transit buffs alike."—Amy Wanggaard, New York Transit Museum

"This is the first comprehensive examination of the history and development of the system's rolling stock. Sansone has performed a real service by pulling it together, providing useful illustrations of the cars, and vetting it all for accuracy. Sansone knows his subject thoroughly and he's clearly done his homework."—Clifton Hood, Hobart and Smith College

About the Author
Gene Sansone serves as the Assistant Chief Mechanical Officer of Car Equipment Engineering and

Technical Support of MTA New York City Transit. He is an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Polytechnic University of New York.

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A Century of Subways: Celebrating 100 Years of New York's Underground Railways

by Brian J. Cudahy
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Brian Cudahy offers this fascinating tribute to the city — and the world — that the subway created. Taking a fresh look at one of the marvels of the twentieth century, Cudahy tells not one big story, but five carefully linked tales to create a vivid sense of this extraordinary achievement — how the city was transformed once New Yorkers started riding in a hole in the ground.

Published by Griffin Trade Paperback, 2004
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by Randy Kennedy

This travelogue of the world beneath the city offers a wealth of fascinating sketches, such as the A line's pigeon stowaways in Far Rockaway, the misanthropic comic at 53rd and Fifth and the man who built a replica of a motorman's cab in his bedroom

Published by Griffin Trade Paperback, 2004
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How We Got to Coney Island: The Development of Mass Transportation in Brooklyn and Kings Counties

by Brian J. Cudahy, George M. Smerk

How We Got to Coney Island is the definitive history of mass transportation in Brooklyn. Covering150 years of extraordinary growth, Cudahy tells the complete story of the trolleys, street cars, steamboats, and railways that helped create New York’s largest borough---and the remarkable system that grew to connect the world’s most famous seaside resort with, Brooklyn, New York City across the river, and, ultimately, the rest of the world. Tables, charts, photographs, and maps.

Published by Fordham University Press, 2002
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Transit Talk

by Robert W.Snyder, Pete Hamill

Over 100 Transit Workers were interviewed for this book. Read how they describe their life and work.

Published by Doubleday, 1996
This book is now available

New York's Forgotten Substations

by Christopher Payne

All over New York City, hidden behind unassuming historic facades, sits the gigantic machinery of the power stations that once moved the subways.

Published by Princeton Architectural Press, 2002
This book is now available

Evolution of New York City Subways: An Illustrated History of New York City's Transit Cars 1867-1997
by Gene Sansone, Clifton Hood

Photographs, line drawings, and narratives record the development of the New York City subway system's rolling stock..

Published by Johns Hopkins Univ Pr, 2001
This book is now available

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

by Peter Derrick

An exceptional history of the development of the Subway System.

Published by New York University Press, 2001
This book is now available

722 Miles: The Building of the Subways
by Clifton Hood

The history of the New York City Subway System. This book is crammed with facts and figures.

Published by John Hopkins Univ. Press, 1995
This book is now available

The Underground Guide to New York City Subways
by Dave Frattini

A humorous look at the subway, it's stations and surrounding neighborhoods.

Published by Griffen Trade Paperback
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The Malbone St. Wreck
coverby Brian J.Cudahy

An account of the worst mass-transit accident in US history in which over 100 people lost their lives.

Published by Fordham Univ. Press
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Under the Sidewalks of New York
Under the Sidewalks of New York:
by Brian J.Cudahy

This is a great book with a lot of photos, history and facts.

Published by Fordham Univ. Press
This book is now available

Underneath New York
by Harry Granick, Robert E. Sullivan

Reprint of the Henry Holt edition (1947). It explores the infrastructure beneath New York City's streets, telling the story of hidden pipes and cables and how they are kept in order.

Published by Fordham Univ. Press
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Subways of the World
by Stan Fischler

The author of "Uptown, Downtown" is back again with a brand new book. Check it out!

Published by Motorbooks International.
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Subway Art
by Martha Cooper, Henry Chalfant

If you ever appreciated graffiti art, this is the book for you! Contains large pictures and foldouts.

Published by Henry Holt.
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Down in the Subway
by Miriam Cohen, Melanie Hope Greenberg Illustrator

The multicultural crowd joins in the festivities on a hot Subway Ride.

DK Publishing.
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  New York City Subway Trains
by New York City Transit Museum

This book includes 12 easy-to-assemble punch-out trains that are modeled after the historic old trains from the Transit Museum archive.

Published by Gibbs Smith.
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Subway Series: A Year of New York Baseball
by George Vecsey (Editor), New York Times (Editor).

Subway Series documents the triumphs and struggles of the Yankees and Mets historic 2000 seasons

New York TImes.
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Subway Series
coverThe 2000 World Series, otherwise known as the "Subway Series," was the first intra-city match up since 1956. While the New York Yankees defeated the Mets in a brief five games, it was hard-fought all the way. Every game was decided by no more than two runs, and the first and fifth were won in the Yankees' final at-bat. 

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Subway: The Empire Beneath New York's Streets
coverBeneath the fierce commotion on the streets of the Big Apple lies an astonishing network of tunnels, turnstiles and technology. Subway boldly descends into this extraordinary labyrinth to find what really makes the wheels of this underground empire turn.

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Microsoft Train Simulator
Train Simulator takes the obsessive realism of Microsoft's best-of-breed Flight Simulator games down to earth. Six real-world rail lines are included from throughout history, including the Flying Scotsman line of 1920s.

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