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Photos: NYC subway’s evolution as it celebrates 115th anniversary

Posted at 2:25 PM, Oct 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-27 14:29:28-04

Mayor Seth Low holds a mallet, surrounded by a crowd of police, officials, and citizens at a dedication ceremony for a New York City subway station, probably the City Hall station, New York City, circa 1904. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — Happy birthday to the New York City subway!

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is marking the 115th anniversary of the opening of the first rapid transit subway.

The first subway line, running along Manhattan’s east side connecting City Hall to 145th Street in Harlem, opened on Oct. 27, 1904.

That line was owned by a private company. In following years, another private company and a city-owned company also opened subway lines.

The lines came together in what’s now the city subway system in 1940.

The MTA is marking the anniversary in a number of ways, including a digital exhibition of photos from the construction of the original subway line.

The photos are being displayed at the subway stations on that line.

See photos of how the subway, and its riders (including some famous faces), have evolved over the past 115 years: