A Subway for New York
By David Weitzman
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374372842, 40pp.)
Publication Date: September 29, 2005
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A behind-thescenes look at an underground miracle
On October 27, 1904, the first section of the most famous subway system in the world was opened for business. Thousands of passengers paid the nickel fare to experience what it was like to ride beneath Broadway and other traffic-clogged city streets from lower Manhattan to the Upper West Side. Here is the story of the daring and demanding construction project that made it possible for the city’s first “straphangers” to travel miles in minutes.
In a lively fact-filled text and incredibly detailed pictures, gifted technical artist David Weitzman brings the mechanics of this incredible public works project to life and captures the can-do spirit of engineers and workers. This is a book for any fan of trains, tunnels, and tracks.
David Weitzman is the author of many books, including The John Bull: A British Locomotive Comes to America. He lives in Covelo, California.
"This example of American pragmatism and commitment serves as a reminder to look below the surface for some of our country's wonders." -- The Horn Book
"Engrossing." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Captivating images convey the awe-inspiring scope of the project." -- Booklist
"This book is a glorious celebration and and accurate account of the New York City subway." --School Library Journal