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A screen shot from Lower Broadway, 1903.

A scene of the crowds on Lower Broadway in 1903

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New York Subway System Opened for Business
October 27, 1904

If you have ever been to New York or seen it in movies or on TV, you have seen the streets full of cars and pedestrian traffic. New York City, even at the turn of the 20th century, had been in desperate need of a transportation system for years to help ease the congestion of pedestrians, horses, wagons, and carriages.
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VIDEO CREDIT: “Lower Broadway,” 1903. Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division, Library of Congress. Call Number FEB 9822.