Before New York State took over all New York City bus, trolley, and subway operations on June 15, 1953, the subway was controlled by private companies. The Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT) was the first to roll out an underground subway line in Manhattan on October 27, 1904, operating rails between City Hall and 145th Street.
Frank Hedley (1864-1955), the first general manager of the IRT, helped engineer and implement many of the subway services we still use...Read More
Have you heard of a "kilostere"? How about a "glaciarium"? Or a "cassidix"? Ever seen one? Or all three? No? Then read on! (And click the thumbnails below for full-sized images.)
A few years back a kind woman called the N-YHS reference desk to donate a dictionary to the library. Our collection focuses on New York and American history, so, normally, we'd decline a plain old dictionary as something better suited to a general library. But this was no ordinary...Read More
December 7th is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, honoring those killed when Japanese forces launched a surprise attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii on December 7, 1941. This led to the United States' entry into World War II.
These images from our World War II Photograph Collection (PR76), taken by U.S. Navy photographers, capture the aftermath of the bombing. (All captions taken from the original photos.)
This collection was presented to the New-York Historical Society library in November, 1945. Most of the photographs in the...Read More
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