The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

GC Events

April 29 The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America’s First Subway

6:30-8 PM

Skylight Room

The Graduate Center, CUNY

365 Fifth Avenue, btw. 34th & 35th St.


In the 19th century, cities like Boston and New York grew congested with plodding, horse-drawn carts. When the great blizzard of 1888 crippled the entire northeast, a solution had to be found. Two brothers from one of the nation’s great families—Henry Melville Whitney of Boston and William Collins Whitney of New York—pursued the dream of digging America’s first subway, and the race was on. Doug Most chronicles the story, as exciting as any ripped from the pages of history. The Race Underground[] is a great American saga of two rival American cities, their rich, powerful, and sometimes corrupt interests, and an invention that changed the lives of millions.
Books will be available for purchase and signing.


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