“Laying the tracks” at Union Square

“Laying the tracks at Broadway and 14th Street,” by Hughson Hawley, 1891. A trolley car, soon to be put out of service by the new underground rapid transit system these men are building, zips by in the distance.

Museum of the City of New York

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One Response to ““Laying the tracks” at Union Square”

  1. Meridian Says:

    I believe your caption for this picture is incorrect. What is being pictured is the laying of track for the new electric streetcars (trolleys). What you see in the distance are horsecars, soon to become obsolete.

    The subway wasn’t built until later, and the tracks wouldn’t have been laid on the street.

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