Photo of the Week: Second Avenue Subway

[Subway passengers], ca 1985, v2008.013.87; Lucille Fornasieri Gold photographs, 20087.013; Brooklyn Historical Society.

[Subway passengers], ca 1985, v2008.013.87; Lucille Fornasieri Gold photographs, 20087.013; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Over the weekend, the Second Avenue Subway opened after almost a century of planning. The station extends the Q line to three new stations at 72nd, 86th, and 96th streets in Manhattan. Did you ride the new subway line over opening weekend?

This photograph is one of my favorite images of the NYC subway in our collection. Taken by photographer Lucille Fornasieri Gold, it depicts subway passengers on an unknown line, around 1985. I love the varied facial expressions on all of the passengers in this photographs. This photograph is from the Lucille Fornasieri Gold photographs collection that comprises 93 black-and-white and color photographs taken by Gold, a street photographer, between 1968 and 2008. This collection is fully digitized and available online here.

Interested in seeing more photos from BHS’s collection? Visit our online image gallery, which includes a selection of our images. Interested in seeing even more historic Brooklyn images? Visit our Brooklyn Visual Heritage website here. To search BHS’s entire collection of images, archives, maps, and special collections visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Sat, 1:00-5:00 p.m. library@brooklynhistory.org

 

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One Response to Photo of the Week: Second Avenue Subway

  1. Rob says:

    Thanks for posting this great image. I would like to point out, respectfully, that the style of the ads, subway and clothing of the subjects does not appear to date from 1985. Perhaps late 90s or early 2000s. Thanks again.

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