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Digital Discussion: Anatomy of a Powerhouse: Electrifying the Els

April 23, 2020 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Free Online Discussion

At the turn of the 20th century, the construction of the 74th Street Powerhouse ushered in a new era that enabled the transition from steam locomotives to cleaner electric trains, fundamentally improving conditions in New York City. Before the switch, smoke, cinders and soot from steam-powered elevated trains plagued Manhattan, blackening the air and dirtying the streets. The New York Transit Museum exhibition, Anatomy of a Powerhouse: Powering the Els, highlighted a fascinating series of photographs that revealed the staggering scale of the 74th Street Powerhouse, offering a rare glimpse into early transit history in New York and the immense power required to move Manhattan’s entire elevated railway system.

Join Collections Manager Desiree Alden-Gonzalez for a digital discussion that showcases the construction and early operations of the 74th Street Powerhouse with black and white photographs from the Museum’s archival collection and celebrates the massive building and powerful machinery that revolutionized elevated transit in New York City.


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Please Note: This discussion will take place online. Upon registration, all participants will receive a confirmation e-mail with instructions on how to participate. We encourage you to download the Zoom app in advance for the best user experience.

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74th Street Powerhouse, 3/6/1902; New York Transit Museum Collection


April 23, 2020
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Free Online Discussion
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