Your ticket to cross the new Williamsburg Bridge

Before coin tokens came into use, passengers riding the New York City subway in its early days needed a paper ticket.

And apparently a paper ticket also allowed you to take a trolley across the Williamsburgh (note the h!) Bridge after it opened in 1903.

This ticket comes from the Museum of the City of New York’s Collections Portal. The caption reads: “Good for one passage over Williamsburgh Bridge on local bridge cars only. Three rides 5 cents.”

That’s a bargain; when the subway opened in 1904, a ride ran you a nickel.

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5 Responses to “Your ticket to cross the new Williamsburg Bridge”

  1. peopleplaceswords Says:

    ticket to ride!

  2. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Absolutely! If only we could go back in time when the Brooklyn Heights RR still operated….

  3. Zoe Says:

    What was the “Brooklyn Heights Railroad”? (I sense another rabbit hole for me in the near future…).

    “The City that never sleeps” should also be called ‘The City that can never be known in full’.

    I never knew about paper tickets! Not good on a windy day… Or where was the entrance to the trolley before it crossed the bridge… I see crying children in our City’s past who lost their tiny paper ticket their mommy gave them & couldn’t afford another…

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