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STREET LIFE



New York City Subway is the biggest underground system in the world by the number of stations and seven by the passenger flow.

The system appeared in 1868 when overground trunk-railway with a cable traction was opened. It was changed on a steam traction in 1871 and in 1890 on electric.

Total length of exploited railways is 1355 km. There are 1056 km used for a passengers transportation.
An underground system of New York comprising 4 of 5 districts.
An official number of stations — 469.

 

New York is an ugly city, a dirty city. Its climate is a scandal, its politics are used to frighten children, its traffic is madness, its competition is murderous.
But there is one thing about it — once you have lived in New York and it has become your home, no place else is good enough. (c) America and Americans and Selected Nonfiction

I was lucky to live in New York when it was dangerous and edgy and cheap enough to play host to young, penniless artists. That was the era of «coffee shops» as they were defined in New York—cheap restaurants open round the clock where you could eat for less than it would cost to cook at home. That was the era of ripped jeans and dirty T-shirts, when the kind of people who are impressed by material signs of success were not the people you wanted to know.

The bridge cost almost fifteen million dollars to the city authorities and took twenty-seven lives during the construction.
In addition to the bends, a lot of workers were crushed by the falling equipment. One of the builders was killed by the came off the cable.
In three days after the grand opening, the tragedy happened again. Certainly, a Brooklyn bridge was a wonder of the world and modern technology but it was located over the deep river and many people, horses and buggies were moved about it. People was terrified.