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The Chrystie Street Connection: 50 Years Young
Tuesday, February 27 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pmFREE with Museum Admission
In November 1967 and July 1968, the New York City Transit Authority inaugurated a series of new and revised train services on today’s B Division train routes, enabled by new track connections and tunnels in built in Manhattan and Brooklyn between 1957 and 1968. The project, collectively known as the Chrystie Street Connection, created new direct routes for Brooklyn-Manhattan train service and removed conflicts between train routes. It was named for its route on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, where it joined the IND subway on Houston Street with the BMT tracks on the Williamsburg and Manhattan Bridges. As part of the project, the BMT tracks at DeKalb Avenue were extensively rebuilt and a new station opened at Grand Street. Further north, two new express tracks were built deep below Sixth Avenue between the West 4th Street and 34th Street-Herald Square Stations, and a new two-track subway under Sixth Avenue was added between the 47-50th Street and 57th Street Stations. To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of these projects, Museum volunteer and transit historian Andrew Sparberg will give an illustrated lecture about this important event in New York subway history.
About the Speaker:
Andrew Sparberg was born in Manhattan and holds Master’s Degrees from Pratt Institute and NYU. He started his career at Tri-State Regional Planning Commission in 1974, and in 1982 went to the Long Island Rail Road, where he spent the next 25 years in a variety of management positions. He retired from the LIRR in 2007 and since then has instructed college-level courses about transportation. Most recently he has taught a course about the history of New York’s mass transit systems at City University of NY. For over 25 years, Mr. Sparberg has been a volunteer at the New York Transit Museum.
Mr. Sparberg is author of the 2015 book From a Nickel to a Token (Fordham University Press), a history of New York’s mass transit between 1940 and 1968. Prior to his own book, he was an associate editor and contributor for the 2010 edition of the Encyclopedia of New York City, and served as technical editor of the 2007 book Long Island Rail Road by the well-known journalist Stan Fischler.
This weekday afternoon program is included with the purchase of Transit Museum admission. All visitors will need to visit the Admission Booth to purchase tickets. Pre-registration is appreciated but not required. For information on tickets, hours, and directions to the Museum in Downtown Brooklyn, please visit the Plan Your Visit page on our website.
Photography and video recording are permitted at the Transit Museum. However, tripods, stands, selfie sticks, and external lights may not be used. All photographs taken are for personal use only and permission to photograph may be revoked at any time.
For information on wheelchair access, American Sign Language interpreters, Assisted Listening Devices, or other accessibility matters please visit the accessibility page on the Museum’s website.