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New York, NY

The New York Transit Museum and Atlas Obscura Present: The Race Underground

Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America's First Subway

Join us for an evening with the New York Transit Museum and author Doug Most as he delves into the history of the first subways and the saga of their late 19th century development.

Set against the backdrop of the Transit Museum's own 1936 subway station, Doug Most, author of The Race Underground, will be sharing the fascinating story of two rival American cities, their rich, powerful and sometimes corrupt interests, and an invention that changed the lives of millions.

Atlas Obscura will be hosting an exclusive beer and wine reception prior to the reading.  Come early for this rare opportunity to explore the Museum and it's impressive collection, after hours and free from the crowds!

This program has reached capacity. Additional tickets may become available at the door, beginning at 6:15pm.


  • Wednesday, July 23rd
  • Atlas Obscura's guest reception begins at 5:30PM and will be followed by the reading and discussion, 6:30 - 8:00PM
  • Tickets are free of charge; advance reservations highly recommended
  • The New York Transit Museum is located in Brooklyn Heights at the corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street

This program is presented in partnership with the New York Transit Museum.