Unbuilt New York: Arcade Railway

New York Arcade Railway
Proposed New York City arcade railway below Broadway

This was essentially the first subway proposal for New York City. In the 1860s, Egbert Ludovicus Viele, an engineer, came up with a plan for what he called an “Arcade Underground Railway”. It involved replacing the roads with railways and building another street level on top for carriages and pedestrians.

Owners of property along Broadway weren’t too happy about the plan and it would take another forty years before New York got its subway.

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