The Secret Subway
Overview - From an acclaimed author and a New York Times Best Illustrated artist comes the fascinating, little-known--and true --story of New York City's first subway. New York City in the 1860s was a mess: crowded, disgusting, filled with garbage. Read more...
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From an acclaimed author and a New York Times Best Illustrated artist comes the fascinating, little-known--and true --story of New York City's first subway.
New York City in the 1860s was a mess: crowded, disgusting, filled with garbage. You see, way back in 1860, there were no subways, just cobblestone streets. That is, until Alfred Ely Beach had the idea for a fan-powered train that would travel underground. On February 26, 1870, after fifty-eight days of drilling and painting and plastering, Beach unveiled his masterpiece--and throngs of visitors took turns swooshing down the track. The Secret Subway
will wow readers, just as Beach's underground train wowed riders over a century ago.
A New York Public Library Best Book for Kids, 2016
- ISBN-13: 9780375870712
- ISBN-10: 0375870717
- Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books
- Publish Date: March 2016
- Page Count: 40
- Reading Level: Ages 5-8
- Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.2 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds
Books > Juvenile Fiction > General
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Corey’s absorbing story of New York City’s ill-fated first subway provides an ideal venue for the sculptural artistry of Chris Sickels, aka Red Nose Studio. Sickels (The Beginner’s Guide to Running Away from Home) crafts stylized clay figures and furnishings with infinite care, then photographs them under dramatic lighting—they could be stills from a movie. In the 1860s, Alfred Ely Beach conceived of an underground train that could be propelled pneumatically. He oversaw the building of a short tunnel, a single car, the machinery to make it move, and a luxurious underground waiting room, complete with a fountain. “Beach’s train was a sensation,” writes Corey (Here Come the Girl Scouts!). A witty spread shows the car traveling to the right of the page, then back to the left, its momentum causing the wide-eyed, elaborately dressed passengers to sway. Shopkeepers and corrupt city leadership scotched the project, and it was forgotten, but Corey’s account sheds light on the way that commonplace institutions are often preceded by false starts, error, and scandal. Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Tracey Adams, Adams Literary. Illustrator’s agent: Magnet Reps. (Mar.)