It's right there under your feet, you probably ride it every day, but how much do you know about this city's amazing subway system. I will give you the secret history and inside story of the creation of the original 1904 subway line and how it grew into the most extensive transportation system in the world. All the art, all the history, all the technical breakthroughs, all the "whys" and all the shenanigans that went into this spectacular achievement. A unique experience for seasoned locals or visitors to our fair city.

Get a look at the subway that few people, even lifelong New Yorkers, fail to recognize. This tour only explores the areas of the system that are open to the public but in most cases overlooked.  I will give you the secret history and inside story of the creation of the original 1904 subway line and how it grew into the most extensive transportation system in the world. All the art, all the history, all the technical breakthroughs, all the "whys" and all the shenanigans that went into this spectacular achievement. A unique experience for seasoned locals or visitors to our fair city.

Approximately 2 and a half hours

$150 for up to 8 people.

Meeting Spot: 

We will meet in the colonnaded area on the south side, in front of the David Dinkins Municipal Building, located at 1 Centre Street, New York NY 10007.  This is at the intersection of Chambers and Centre Streets.    I will have my New York City Sightseeing Guide License plainly visible. 

More About the Tour:

Get a look at the subway that few people, even lifelong New Yorkers, fail to recognize. This tour only explores the areas of the system that are open to the public but in most cases overlooked.  I will give you the secret history and inside story of the creation of the original 1904 subway line and how it grew into the most extensive transportation system in the world. All the art, all the history, all the technical breakthroughs, all the "whys" and all the shenanigans that went into this spectacular achievement. A unique experience for seasoned locals or visitors to our fair city.

We will enter the system at Brooklyn Bridge / Chambers Street Station.  We will board a downtown local train so as to view the old City Hall Station.  We will be stopping at Astor Place and Grand Central station.  We will switch to the Times Square- Grand Central Shuttle and then go over to Times Square. After that we will go over back over to Grand Central Terminal.  We will exit the system at this point.  We will also go outside to discuss the exterior of the Terminal.  This is also the final stop on this tour

The tour is approximately 2 and 1/2 hours. The reason I say “approximately” is there are factors such as the whims of the subway system that I have no control of.  And since I encourage it, questions I receive can take up time.  This is a tour for you, not me so if you have any questions, do not be shy – ask.  Other factors include the speed at which the group moves, track work, stalled train, etc.  These are things that I have no control over but I will try to keep the tour within the 2 and 1/2 hour window. 

This tour only explores the areas of the system that are open to the public but in most cases overlooked. We do not go into the tunnels or any area that is not open to the public. The City of New York, The Metropolitan Transit Authority, their vast legal teams and the New York City Police Department would frown upon the idea of people on a tour getting arrested, injured or killed.