Digital Discussion: The Chrystie Street Connection
Friday, February 25, 2022
Free Online Program
The Chrystie Street Connection, running the length of Chrystie Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City, was built to connect lines of the former Brooklyn–Manhattan Transit Corporation (BMT) and Independent Subway System (IND) divisions. In 1957, construction began on a series of five additions to subway routes between 57th St/6th Avenue in Manhattan and DeKalb Avenue in Brooklyn. Opening in two phases, on November 26, 1967 and July 1, 1968, this connection enabled the BMT and IND to officially merge services between Brooklyn and Manhattan, and forming the lettered routes known today as the B Division.
Join transit historian and CUNY professor Andrew Sparberg to take a deep dive into the history of the Chrystie Street Connection. Explore the need for this project, planning and construction details, and the challenges and triumphs along the way.
Please Note: This event will take place online. Upon registration, all participants will receive two emails - one will be a receipt and the other will include a Zoom link with instructions on how to participate. We encourage you to download the Zoom app in advance for the best user experience.
All attendees are welcome. You will have the option to turn on automatic captions for this virtual program. Staff will share instructions for how to do so at the start of the event. Please email [email protected] with any questions.
Image: Grand Street Station Construction, 1965. New York Transit Museum.
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