“The Battle Hymn of the Sardine: Mine eyes have seen the danger in the running of the trains...” more...

 

Before: In the late 1970’s, the subways were the most visible symbol of New York City’s decline — notoriously unreliable, covered with graffiti, and plagued with spiraling crime. There were so many transit fires and derailments that the National Transportation Safety Board launched an investigation in 1981, the year subway ridership plummeted to its lowest level since 1917! Businesses cited poor transit as the leading reason for moving out of New York. The buses were also in a downward spiral, as hundreds of millions of riders fled poor service and an aging fleet. But the riders fought back and the New York Public Interest Research Group formed the Straphangers Campaign in 1979 and this exhibit celebrates some of that work. more >>

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