NYC Subway History

Janes Walk


Led By Ed Perlmutter

We use the subway, we complain about the subway. However it’s one of the largest transit systems in the world. Did you ever wonder about its history and how we arrived at the massive system we have today? Why does it go where it goes? Explore the fascinating story about how most of the current system evolved in the first half of the 20th century, from three different entities. While an in depth look at this can take many hours or days, we’ll cover a little of each those 3 entities and why they got built.

Estimated time about 2-3 hours. We’ll start in Times Square and end at the City Hall/Brooklyn Bridge station.

Most of tour will be in subway, some stations will NOT be handicap accessible.
Location Information

RSVP is required and capacity is limited. Meeting location, ending location, and directions will be provided via email before walk date.


Friday, May 5, 2023
11:00 AM
Greater than 1 hour

Borough: Manhattan
Theme: History & Culture
Language: English
A subway car in New York City, May 1973. Photo: the National Archives, Erik Calonius.