October 27 - 1904 - The New York City Subway Opens
It is hard to imagine New York City without the Subway. Even before it officially opened, the Subway was a long wished for project that could alleviate traffic at street level and allow people to quickly move through the city. Elevated trains were in certin, less congested areas, and people had tried to get some sort of railway beneath the city since just after the Civil War. All of these ideas were costly, and nobody wanted to fund a large scale project that involved massive construction. Yet after the City of Greater New York Act united the five boroughs in 1898, the idea of the city government building the infrastructure and leasing the operation to private companies. When the Subway opened in 1904, it ran nearly the length of Manhattan island, and quickly went to more locations across all the boroughs.