January 26, 2014

B&W Photos of the New York City Subway System Under Construction from 1901-1931

Here's a collection of B&W photos from the New York City Municipal Archive show the New York City subway system under construction from 1901-1931.

Broadway & 42nd Street, below ground seen from street, February 1903.

173rd to 177th Street under Broadway, April 1928.

A Circular tunnel with chains running across, February 1906.

175th to 183rd Street under Grand Concourse, Bronx, c 1928-1931.

A subway tunnel under construction at 4th Avenue & 15th Street, looking north from the street into the sunlit lower level, September 1901.

Looking east from Norfolk Street subway station, December 13, 1906.

The ground level of a Manhattan station, January 1931.

14th Street & 4th Avenue Pillars and tracks with stairs leading to the platform, October 1903.

Laborers look at the camera while working on a subway tunnel in Manhattan, c 1901-1931.

The subway on Delancey Street west, January 22, 1907.

New avenue open subway station east from Norfolk Street, December 13, 1906.

The station at 8th Avenue and 52nd Street, May 1927.

Workers man cranes at an interior structure in January, 1931.

Park Row and City Hall Park, from street level, November 1902.

(via Daily Mail)


  1. Where did you get these photos? This is my high school. Of course I wasn't even born when these were taken, but I recognize so many of these places, like the steps that lead down into the park across the street from the high school where all the students are seated. I spent many a lunch break on those steps smoking cigarettes with my friends in the 1970s. Thanks for posting these.

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