While New Yorkers are a bit weary of the MTA, thanks to news of future fare hikes, Gothamist thinks we can all get behind the centennial of the subway system, which will be celebrated next Wednesday, October 27. On October 27, 1904, Mayor George McClellan took the first subway ride from City Hall to 145th and Broadway, and back then, subways costed a nickel. Next week, the original City Hall station will reopen temporarily for the festivities with Mayor Bloomberg and others. The temporary entrance was funded by private donations, so no use in asking the MTA to stop their celebrations.
There's a children's book called, Subway: The Story of Tunnels, Tubes, and Tracks. Gothamist is also interested in the new Centennial Edition of New York Subways: An Illustrated History of New York City's Transit Cars, which, according to the synopsis, has an "extensive array of photographs, engineering plans, and technical data for nearly every subway car in the New York City system from the days of steam and cable to the present." And Grand Central has an exhibit of subway style throughout the years through November 5.
Gothamist's posts about the subway's 100th birthday.