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Digital Discussion: Elevated Railways

Saturday, January 30 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Free Online Discussion
Depiction of the elevated line as it rolls past the Customs House (now Museum of the American Indian) in lower Manhattan.

Before the current subway system in New York City was constructed, there were elevated railways. Now considered a beloved relic of the past, Els were built to ease the overcrowding in what is known as Lower Manhattan today, while simultaneously expanding the city outward to the other boroughs. The elevated lines along Ninth, Sixth, Third, and Second Avenues eased congestion and added new development, ultimately changing the geography of New York City.

Join Archivist Katherine Sorresso for a digital discussion that explores the evolution of New York City’s elevated subways from a solution to – literally—get transportation off the ground, to their eventual decline due to the construction and rapid expansion of the subterranean subway.


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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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Photo: Elevated Railway Train, New York City. New York Transit Museum, Steven Rappaport Collection.


Saturday, January 30
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Free Online Discussion
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