Underground Manhattan: Exploring the History of the NYC Subway System


Sat Jan 15 2022 at 10:00 am to 12:30 pm


Municipal Building (Exact Meeting Location Revealed in Confirmation Email) | New York, NY

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About this Event

It's right there under your feet, you probably ride it every day, but how much do you really know about New York City's subway system? It's time to explore one of the oldest and largest public transit systems in the world.

Join New York Adventure Club as we explore the history of the New York City subway system — opened in 1904 with a single line serving 28 stations, the City of New York's subway system has since grown to encompass 472 stations and over 245 miles of tracks, serving nearly 6 million riders per day.

Led by transit expert and licensed tour guide Gary Dennis, our subterranean exploration from Brooklyn Bridge — City Hall station to Grand Central Terminal will include:

  • An overview of New York public transportation back in the 1800s, and why The Great Blizzard of 1888 was the catalyst for a subway system
  • The 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
  • A closer look at the art, architecture, and secrets hiding in plain sight of stations including Brooklyn Bridge - City Hall, Astor Place, and Times Square
  • A glimpse of Old City Hall Station from the 6 train, the crown jewel of the subway system, which closed in 1945

Our experience will conclude in the Grand Central Terminal food concourse, which has food and drinks available for purchase!

Check out pictures from one of our last Underground Manhattan tours!

See you there!

*Since our tour starts outside, a MetroCard swipe will be needed to enter the subway system

**Please bring water, snacks, and comfortable shoes as we’ll be on our feet for most of the tour

***The MTA requires a facial mask at all times once you enter the system

***This tour does not access the Old City Hall Station platform or any restricted areas

****This tour concludes at Grand Central Terminal

*****The exact meeting location is shared in the 'additional information' section of the confirmation email, which is sent immediately upon registration

About Gary Dennis

"I am a native New Yorker, NY subway aficionado, and product of an insanely competitive family of "know it alls". My parents, younger brothers, and I all love New York City history, and to get some parental attention I had to be historically correct and entertaining at the same time.

"I love this city and all its peculiarities, and I love sharing it with newcomers, returning visitors or native New Yorkers— I'll tell you these and other fascinating things you never knew about this amazing place I call home because 'there are 8 million stories in the naked city' and I will share with you as many as possible."


"Gary, our tour guide, was awesome!! The topics he chose to cover were fascinating, and his delivery was great." - Jessica

"Gary was really fun, so informative, friendly, and had a clever sense of humor." - Christine

"Gary had a great personality and was extremely knowledgeable of NYC's Subway history. Got the chance to learn new things that I never learned before." - Faisal

"We had a great day. Would definitely do it again. Our guide was brilliant! Could have listened to him for many more hours." - Doris

"It was a great tour. Gary was an excellent guide: very knowledgeable and highly amusing." - Julie

"Our guide was extraordinary. Gary is the best most knowledgeable and engaging of any guide we have had in years. want another tour with him" - Lynn

"Gained a deeper understanding of what I knew, learned new details and the guide is perfect for the role." -Kathy

"Tour guide was the best I have ever had - articulate, well informed, personable and struck a great balance of detail without minutiae. Would take a tour specifically with Gary- really excellent guide." -Laura


Event takes place rain or shine.

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Categories: In-Person, Neighborhood Tours


Where is it happening?

Municipal Building (Exact Meeting Location Revealed in Confirmation Email), 1 Centre Street, New York, United States

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USD 35.00

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