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  • Michael Krakovskiy 12:25 pm on October 28, 2004 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , BMT Astoria Line, Catch me if you can, , City Hall station, , , , Interborough Rapid Transit Company, , McClellan, middle car, , steel dust, Subway Centennial   

    Happy Birthday Dear IRT! 

    Empire State Building is lighted Red/Gold/Red today. Handy ESB lighting schedule tells me that this is in honor of Subway Centennial. A better color would have been a rusty gray-brown, the color of steel dust that covers the tracks and most other subway surfaces, but I guess they don’t have lights like that, do they?

    To celebrate Interborough Transit Corportation’s 100’s birthday I decided to try and sneak a peek at the fabled City Hall station, the one where Mayor Bloomberg and a bunch of bigwigs recreated Mayor McClellan’s ride 100 years ago. It’s nice to be NYC’s Mayor – you can fly NYPD helicopters and drive antique trains.

    Unfortunately the restored City Hall station was not open for regular shmoes, but I tried the old trick – taking 6 train through the last stop. Number 6 loops through the old City Hall station without stopping. I asked the conductor to let me stay, but since it was around 8PM she said – “not at this time of night” and kicked me out. I went for a walk around City Hall and took this picture of the pretty entrance to the current City Hall station.

    When I took the train back I saw the most upsetting sight – there was an intoxicated bum sleeping in a middle car with the conductor not paying any attention to him. He was holding an empty popcorn bag an there was small sea of popcorn and other rat attracting garbage around him. Apparently he went through the loop unharassed, although the old City Hall station was of no interest to him. I guess next time it would probably be a good idea to try asking a few conductors – maybe some are not as strict.

    This is like living in Manhattan – Donald Trump in his tower, a bum in a box on church steps, a low income person in a housing project. Middle class not allowed.

    On the bright side, tomorrow the special museum train will be making regular stops on the B/Q line between 10AM and 3PM. They call it “Catch me if you can“.

  • Michael Krakovskiy 5:19 am on April 20, 2003 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 1, , , Interborough Rapid Transit Company, Interborough Rapid Transportation Corporation, , ,   

    IRT – Going Your Way 

    What was the logo of IRT (Interborough Rapid Transportation Corporation)?
    I am not sure, but it looks like the designer that was in charge of the corporate image of the first NYC subway company really liked wings.

    A genderless angel holding a winged subway wheel from an $100 IRT stock certificate I recently purchased for 25 bucks.

    A logo I scanned from a reprint of “Interborough Rapid Transit ; the New York Subway , It’s Construction and Equipment” which I mentioned before. Wheee. Notice the third power carrying rail. Cute.

  • Michael Krakovskiy 9:15 am on March 19, 2003 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Interborough Rapid Transit Company, IRT Flushing Line, , , online version, , , ,   

    Back to the USSR 

    See the spiked ironwork on this subway railing? See the art deco pattern on the cast iron? That stuff is very very old. The IRT line which became lines 1, 2, 3 and 9, was built around 1903. The cast iron work looks as good today as it had back then. The stations themselves fell into disrepair. NYC subway companies could not raise fare and thus follow supply and demand and were bought by the state. The hammer and sicle is a final insult to capitalism in this case.

    Construction of the 23 street station :

    Interborough Rapid Transit ; the New York Subway , It’s Construction and Equipment was a book published by the IRT in 1904. Only 200 copies were printed, for gifts to bigwigs. Abebooks.com has the cheapest copy at $150. Luckily it was also reprinted in 1970es. There is also an online version for you cheapscates.

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