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
Above-average temperatures at other times of year may raise alarms of global warming, but autumn heat waves are still fondly referred to as "Indian summer." So where does the term come from, and what exactly does it mean?
A number of explanations have been advanced over the years, including the following:
1. In 1804, Charles Brockden Brown (an early American novelist), suggested that "[i]ts American name it probably owes to it being predicted by the natives to...Read More
This post was written by cataloger Catherine Falzone.
As my colleagues and I work to catalog the thousands of almanacs held by N-YHS, thanks to a Hidden Collections Program grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), we have come across some unusual items that bear a closer look. Some of my favorite discoveries so far are the Davy Crockett almanacs. These items helped to spread the myth of Davy Crockett and serve as...Read More
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