Travel Through Time on NYC Subway With These Historical Photos (Video)

January 27, 2016 3:21 pm Last Updated: January 31, 2016 10:46 pm

Dive with us into the history of the New York City Subway. Starting with the opening of the futuristic Fulton Center transit hub in 2014, we’ll go back all the way to 1901 when the excavation for an underground train line took place. Enjoy the ride!

People gather for a ceremony at the entrance of the Fulton Center transit hub, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 in New York. The $1.4 billion hub links the World Trade Center to nine subway lines in lower Manhattan and is designed to serve up to 300,000 passengers daily. The center also features retail and office space. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
2014: People gather for a ceremony at the entrance of the Fulton Center transit hub, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 in New York. The $1.4 billion hub links the World Trade Center to nine subway lines in lower Manhattan and is designed to serve up to 300,000 passengers daily. The center also features retail and office space. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

A Rockaway Parkway bound "L" train heads south from Broadway Junction, Thursday, March 24, 2005 in Brooklyn, New York.  The New York City Transit Authority will begin running computer-automated trains on the 22-mile "L" subway line through Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Conductors will be phased out on targeted lines, though a train operator will continue to oversee controls in the front cab of each train. (AP Photo/ Julie Jacobson)
2005: A Rockaway Parkway bound “L” train heads south from Broadway Junction, Thursday, March 24, 2005 in Brooklyn, New York. The New York City Transit Authority began running computer-automated trains on the 22-mile “L” subway line through Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Conductors were phased out on targeted lines, though a train operator continued to oversee controls in the front cab of each train. (AP Photo/ Julie Jacobson)

A man walks towards an approaching subway train in Queens, New York, Monday, Feb. 17, 2003. One of the worst Mid-Atlantic winter storms in a century dumped almost a foot and a half of snow on the nation's capital, crippling transportation and clogging the streets with snow for at least the next few days.. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
2003: A man walks towards an approaching subway train in Queens, New York, Monday, Feb. 17, 2003. One of the worst Mid-Atlantic winter storms in a century dumped almost a foot and a half of snow on the nation’s capital, crippling transportation and clogging the streets with snow for at least the next few days. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

As a workman looks on, two New York City subway cars disappear into the Atlantic Ocean after being pushed off a barge 19 miles east of Cape Henlopen, Del., Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2001. The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife sank 27 subway cars in 70-90 feet of water to form Artificial Reef Site 11. (AP Photo/Roberto Borea)
2001: As a workman looks on, two New York City subway cars disappear into the Atlantic Ocean after being pushed off a barge 19 miles east of Cape Henlopen, Del., Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2001. The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife sank 27 subway cars in 70-90 feet of water to form Artificial Reef Site 11. (AP Photo/Roberto Borea)

A Manhattan bound W train crosses New York's Manhattan Bridge Monday, July 23, 2001. Due to the final stages of the bridge's rehabilitation, extensive changes of five subway lines linking Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn will be in effect until 2004. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
2001: A Manhattan bound W train crosses New York’s Manhattan Bridge Monday, July 23, 2001. Due to the final stages of the bridge’s rehabilitation, extensive changes of five subway lines linking Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn were planned to be in effect until 2004. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

A New York City Subway #7 train pulls into the Willets Point-Shea Stadium station stop outside the New York Mets' Shea Stadium, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000. The Mets will face crosstown rivals the New York Yankees  in the World Series, now dubbed the "Subway Series."  (AP Photo/Jeff Zelevansky)
2000: A New York City Subway #7 train pulls into the Willets Point-Shea Stadium station stop outside the New York Mets’ Shea Stadium, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000.  (AP Photo/Jeff Zelevansky)

A worker looks at the wreckage of a subway car in the 135th Street Station in New York early Friday, July 4, 1997, following a Thursday night derailment. Fifteen people were injured, two seriously, when the express train in Harlem derailed, leaving the unoccupied last car crushed and severed in half, according to police. (AP Photo/Emile Wamsteker)
1997: A worker looks at the wreckage of a subway car in the 135th Street Station in New York early on July 4, 1997, following a derailment. Fifteen people were injured, two seriously, when the express train in Harlem derailed, leaving the unoccupied last car crushed and severed in half, according to police. (AP Photo/Emile Wamsteker)

Emergency officers stand guard outside the doors of the a subway car in New York City, 21 December 1994. A firebomb exploded as the train stood at the Fulton Street Station in lower Manhattan injuring some 37 people. (Photo credit should read POOL/AFP/Getty Images)
1994: Emergency officers stand guard outside the doors of the a subway car in New York City, 21 December 1994. A firebomb exploded as the train stood at the Fulton Street Station in lower Manhattan injuring some 37 people. (Photo credit should read POOL/AFP/Getty Images)

Tony, a 54-year-old panhandler, makes his way through a subway car along the New York City subway system on Friday, April 29, 1994. The Transit Authority has begun cracking down such activities with arrests, anti-begging announcements in stations and posters on trains. (AP Photo/Joe Tabacca)
1994: Tony, a 54-year-old panhandler, makes his way through a subway car along the New York City subway system on a Friday in April 1994. The Transit Authority begun cracking down such activities with arrests, anti-begging announcements in stations and posters on trains. (AP Photo/Joe Tabacca)

Barry Couliffe sells copies of the Daily News to an unidentified passenger on the subway in New York, Thursday, March 15, 1991. Couliffe says that selling the 300-400 papers each day gives him enough money to pay rent on a room he shares. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
1991: Barry Couliffe sells copies of the Daily News to an unidentified passenger on the subway in New York, in March of 1991. Couliffe said that selling the 300-400 papers each day gives him enough money to pay rent on a room he shares. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

A homeless man sleeps on New Yorks E train in morning on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 1988 as the subway travels between lower Manhattan and the outer reaches of the borough of Queens. The E line is favored by many homeless people in need of a place to sleep because, along the entire long route, the train stays underground, assuring that there will be no frigid blasts of air when the subway doors open. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
1988: A homeless man sleeps on New York’s E train in the morning of Nov. 25, 1988 as the subway travels between lower Manhattan and the outer reaches of the borough of Queens. The E line was favored by many homeless people in need of a place to sleep because, along the entire long route, the train stayed underground, assuring that there would be no frigid blasts of air when the subway doors open. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

A workman dismantles the interior of a subway car in a renovation effort by the New York City Subway system in New York, Nov. 21, 1988. (AP Photo/Warren Jorgensen)
1988: A workman dismantles the interior of a subway car in a renovation effort by the New York City Subway system in New York. (AP Photo/Warren Jorgensen)

Transit Authority Vandalism Squad member of District 12 on 180 Street  and Morris Park in the Bronx is looking at train ridden with graffiti Sept. 26, 1985.  (AP Photo/David Bookstaver)
1985: Transit Authority Vandalism Squad member of District 12 on 180 Street and Morris Park in the Bronx is looking at train ridden with graffiti. (AP Photo/David Bookstaver)

New York City Transit Police Officer Jeremiah Lyons, center, as a decoy cop reads his newspaper on board the city subway while he carries on his act as a fare-paying passenger wearing visible gold jewelry on July 25, 1985. His backup Police Officer James Nuciforo, right, listens to his Ghetto Blaster radio and is ready to move in for an arrest when the crime occurs. Two other members of the backup team are in the adjacent subway car. (AP Photo/Warren Jorgensen)
1985: New York City Transit Police Officer Jeremiah Lyons, center, as a decoy cop reads his newspaper on board the city subway while he carries on his act as a fare-paying passenger wearing visible gold jewelry in July of 1985. His backup Police Officer James Nuciforo, right, listens to his Ghetto Blaster radio and is ready to move in for an arrest when the crime occurs. Two other members of the backup team are in the adjacent subway car. (AP Photo/Warren Jorgensen)

Two curious subway riders look into the window of a new style subway car, by the Metropolitan Transit Authority in New York City's IND station at 57th street and Sixth Avenue, May 13, 1974. A special press and invited guests ride to the Wall Street area followed the showing. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)
1974: Two curious subway riders look into the window of a new style subway car, by the Metropolitan Transit Authority in New York City’s IND station at 57th street and Sixth Avenue, May 13, 1974. A special press and invited guests ride to the Wall Street area followed the showing. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)

Grafitti on New York City subways and Buses, on July 26, 1972 in New York. (AP Photo/Jim Wells)
1972: Grafitti on New York City subways and Buses, on July 26, 1972 in New York. (AP Photo/Jim Wells)

Subway crowds at Times Square Station in New York  March 4, 1970. (AP Photo/Anthony Camerano)
1970: Subway crowds at Times Square Station in New York March 4, 1970. (AP Photo/Anthony Camerano)

A New York City subway train, the Manhattan-bound number 7, is pictured on the at Main Street, Queens platform with doors open waiting for passengers, 1966. (AP Photo)
1966: A New York City subway train, the Manhattan-bound number 7, is pictured on the at Main Street, Queens platform with doors open waiting for passengers. (AP Photo)

Passengers ride in a car on a New York City subway train, 1966. (AP Photo)
1966: Passengers ride in a car on a New York City subway train, 1966. (AP Photo)

Passengers sit patiently in near-darkness in a stalled subway car at West 4th Street in the Manhattan section of New York, Nov. 9, 1965, during the massive power failure that darkened a vast portion of the northeast including New York State, most of New England, parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and Ontario, Canada.  (AP Photo/Jerry Mosey)
1965: Passengers sit patiently in near-darkness in a stalled subway car at West 4th Street in the Manhattan section of New York, Nov. 9, 1965, during the massive power failure that darkened a vast portion of the northeast including New York State, most of New England, parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and Ontario, Canada. (AP Photo/Jerry Mosey)

Actress Shirley MacLaine in New York subway on way to World?s Fair for premiere of her picture ?What A Way to Go? May 13, 1964. (AP Photo/Marty Zimmerman)
1964: Actress Shirley MacLaine in New York subway on way to World’s Fair for premiere of her picture ‘What A Way to Go’ May 13, 1964. (AP Photo/Marty Zimmerman)

Subway motorman Joseph Elender, 59, had a job but he didn't have to work. He was aboard a fully automated subway train as it made its inaugural run over the shuttle line between Grand Central and Times Square in New York, Jan. 5, 1962. The train ran itself and Elender merely had to sit there. He was aboard under an arrangement agreed upon after the Transport Workers Union protested the proposed crewless inauguration of the shuttle run. (AP Photo/Hans von Nolde)
1962: Subway motorman Joseph Elender, 59, had a job but he didn’t have to work. He was aboard a fully automated subway train as it made its inaugural run over the shuttle line between Grand Central and Times Square in New York, Jan. 5, 1962. The train ran itself and Elender merely had to sit there. He was aboard under an arrangement agreed upon after the Transport Workers Union protested the proposed crewless inauguration of the shuttle run. (AP Photo/Hans von Nolde)

Passengers on special train to New Yorks Aqueduct in Queens compare notes as train leaves subway station at Eighth Avenue and 42nd Street in Manhattan, New York on March 21, 1960. From left to right: Joe Unbomski of Carteret, New Jersey; Matt Dager of Englewood, N.J.; and John Driscoll, also of Carteret. (AP Photo/John Lindsay)
1960: Passengers on a special train to New Yorks Aqueduct in Queens compare notes as the train leaves the subway station at Eighth Avenue and 42nd Street in Manhattan, New York on March 21, 1960. (AP Photo/John Lindsay)

While other subway passengers perspire in the warm and humid underground station, Paul Forman appears cool and comfortable in the experimental air conditioned train which made its first run in New York City, July 9, 1956. The test run, which included six air conditioned cars and two old cars, was made on the East Side IRT line. The new cars provide soft music, modern design, air cooling units, deodorizers and filters to reduce germs. When the train left Grand Central Station the temperature was 89-degrees in the old cars while the new cars registered 76.5 degrees. (AP Photo/Harry Harris)
1956: While other subway passengers perspire in the warm and humid underground station, Paul Forman appears cool and comfortable in the experimental air conditioned train which made its first run in New York City, July 9, 1956. The test run, which included six air conditioned cars and two old cars, was made on the East Side IRT line. The new cars provide soft music, modern design, air cooling units, deodorizers and filters to reduce germs. When the train left Grand Central Station the temperature was 89-degrees in the old cars while the new cars registered 76.5 degrees. (AP Photo/Harry Harris)

Patterned asbestos tile flooring, increased and improved fluorescent lighting, illuminated route and destination signs, double roofs, and electronically controlled heat and ventilation, improved brakes and door controls, and foam and vinyl seats are among major changes designed for passenger comfort and greater operational and maintenance efficiency in New York City subway cars on October 26, 1954.(AP Photo)
1954: Patterned asbestos tile flooring, increased and improved fluorescent lighting, illuminated route and destination signs, double roofs, and electronically controlled heat and ventilation, improved brakes and door controls, and foam and vinyl seats are among major changes designed for passenger comfort and greater operational and maintenance efficiency in New York City subway cars on October 26, 1954.(AP Photo)

Vincent R. Impellitteri, right, acting mayor of New York City, and Brooklyn Borough President John Cashmore (second from right), inspect the first completed subway car of an order for 750, at the American Car and Foundry Co., Berwick, Penn., Feb. 20, 1948. C.J. Hardy, Sr., company chairman, points out a feature of the new cars. Men inside subway cab are unidentified. (AP Photo/HG)
1948: Vincent R. Impellitteri, right, acting mayor of New York City, and Brooklyn Borough President John Cashmore (second from right), inspect the first completed subway car of an order for 750, at the American Car and Foundry Co., Berwick, Penn., Feb. 20, 1948. C.J. Hardy, Sr., company chairman, points out a feature of the new cars. Men inside subway cab are unidentified. (AP Photo/HG)

Interior view of the subway car of the future as it was displayed at the Chambers Street Station of the Independent Division in New York on July 9, 1947. The new car has 56 seats, 14 adjustable, exhaust ventilators, eight 10-inch fans, is painted blue and grey and has an off-white ceiling. (AP Photo/Anthony Camerano)
1947: Interior view of the subway car of the future as it was displayed at the Chambers Street Station of the Independent Division in New York on July 9, 1947. The new car has 56 seats, 14 adjustable, exhaust ventilators, eight 10-inch fans, is painted blue and grey and has an off-white ceiling. (AP Photo/Anthony Camerano)

Air conditioned and equipped with upholstered green mohair cushions, a new streamlined luxury car of the BMT lines made its inaugural run in New York, March 28, 1939. This group tried out the comforts of the new car which will be placed in operation March 30. Sound-deadening and shock-absorbing devices are part of the new equipment. (AP Photo)
1939: Air conditioned and equipped with upholstered green mohair cushions, a new streamlined luxury car of the BMT lines made its inaugural run in New York, March 28, 1939. This group tried out the comforts of the new car which will be placed in operation March 30. Sound-deadening and shock-absorbing devices are part of the new equipment. (AP Photo)

The new streamlined red, white and blue Rapid Transit car which made its "maiden voyage" along the BMT lines in New York, March 28, 1939. It weighs 76,000 pounds, about half the weight of the conventional cars, and is equipped with special sound-deadening and shock-cushioning devices. The new train will be placed in operation March 30 on the Fulton Street "El" between Manhattan and Queens. (AP Photo)
1939: The new streamlined red, white and blue Rapid Transit car which made its “maiden voyage” along the BMT lines in New York, March 28, 1939. It weighs 76,000 pounds, about half the weight of the conventional cars, and is equipped with special sound-deadening and shock-cushioning devices. The new train was placed in operation March 30 on the Fulton Street “El” between Manhattan and Queens. (AP Photo)

Steel cars for the new 8th Avenue subway in New York, in May 1937. (AP Photo)
1937: Steel cars for the new 8th Avenue subway in New York, in May 1937. (AP Photo)

This is an interior view of the new 8th Avenue subway car in New York City, May 1937. (AP Photo)
1937: This is an interior view of the new 8th Avenue subway car in New York City, May 1937. (AP Photo)

City Hall subway station, New York some time between 1900 and 1904. (Library of Congress)
1900-1904: City Hall subway station, New York some time between 1900 and 1904. (Library of Congress)

This is excavation at Lafayette Street, then known as Elm Street, near Pearl Street, for New York's subway line, seen May 6, 1901. (AP Photo)
1901: This is excavation at Lafayette Street, then known as Elm Street, near Pearl Street, for New York’s subway line, seen May 6, 1901. (AP Photo)