November 14, 1832: The first streetcar went into operation in New York City
180 years before Hurricane Sandy flooded the subways with 45 million gallons of water, the first streetcar went into operation in New York City. Think about that for a second: a 30-seat horse-drawn car with steel wheels, riding along steel rails, clip-clopping down the streets of New York. Passengers would pull on a leather strap attached to the driver’s ankle when they wanted to get off (I shan’t speculate what the driver pulled on when he wanted to get off).
Other forms of transportation gradually replaced horse-drawn public transit, including New York City’s first elevated train in 1870 and the official subway system in 1904. By the end of the Roaring 20’s, horsecars were a thing of the past on the streets of Gotham. In honor of today’s day in history, take a peek below at 100 years of the Big Apple, 1830-1930.
1: I am renaming Wednesday “Classy Wednesday”
2: I am fairly confident this is the first post that used the word “shan’t”.
3: You are now trapped in the pit of a regular gig here. A trap that…many can get out of (but not you prolly).
You are counting on my inherent laziness to keep me from escaping, but that is a double-edged sword, darling. An extremely dull, double-edge sword. That is too lazy to cut things.
This joint needed some class. I like it.
I wouldn’t take that at face value. He says classy now, but just see what happens when I miss my monthly quota for masturbation jokes and gratuitous semi-nudity.
Hmmm….for some reason I can’t see the pics. Unfortunately, this leaves me unable to do much else besides speculate about what the driver is pulling on. : (
I made the video instead of putting them in to a gallery! You know, so it was, um, easier for everyone. :-/
Well that, combined with my employer’s internet security policy, explains the issue. Now I have no choice but to come back again later this evening to see the pics. So…well played : )
Mom always said good things would come from bending over backwards for people.
This is turning out nicely.
Classy is a relative term.
So is nicely.
So is AUNT!
(P.S. These are great pics.)
Why, thank you, Mr. Wolfe. I do try.