Report on an Investigation of the Tunnels of the Rapid Transit Railroad in Park Avenue, N. Y.

A deadly accident along a new section of the Park Avenue subway line


A deadly dynamite explosion and a tunnel collapse on Park Avenue during the construction of a section New York City’s subway “...impelled the property owners and residents on the avenue between Thirty-fourth and Forty-first streets and vicinity to take some effective measures for the protection both of their lives and their property.” (p(1))

The present Report outlines the residents’ questions and concerns to the Board of Rapid Transit Commissioners, the commissioners’ answers, and includes five appendices including one by a professional geologist and two by civil engineers, on the construction of the tunnels. Also included are two illustration plates showing tunnel cross-sections and three fold-out map/plans of the construction zone.

Despite the controversy and loss of lives, this new section of the Park Avenue subway line opened in 1904.


Description: Report on an Investigation of the Tunnels of the Rapid Transit Railroad in Park Avenue, N. Y.

New York: [The Committee Representing Property Owners of Park Avenue and Vicinity] 1902. (2), 58 pages + 2 plates and 3 fold-out plans. 10¾ x 8¼ inches. Black cloth; gilt title on upper cover. Some mottling and wear to cloth; hinges starting; good.

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Price: $125.00