From a Nickel to a Token: The Journey from Board of Transportation to MTA

From a Nickel to a Token: The Journey

Streetcars “are as dead as sailing ships,” said Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia in a radio speech, two days before Madison Avenue’s streetcars yielded to buses. LaGuardia was determined to eliminate streetcars, demolish pre-1900 elevated lines, and unify the subway system, a goal that became reality in 1940 when the separate IRT, BMT, and IND became one giant system under full public control.In this fascinating micro-history of New York’s transit system, Andrew Sparberg examines twenty specific events between 1940 and 1968, book ended by subway unification and the MTA’s creation. From a Nickel to a Token depicts a potpourri of well-remembered, partially forgotten, and totally obscure happenings drawn from the historical tapestry of New York mass transit. Sparberg deftly captures five boroughs of grit, chaos, and emotion grappling with a massive and unwieldy transit system.During these decades, the system morphed into today’s familiar network. The public sector absorbed most private surface lines operating within the five boroughs, and buses completely replaced streetcars. Elevated lines were demolished, replaced by subways or, along Manhattan’s Third Avenue, not at all. Beyond the unification of the IND, IRT, and BMT, strategic track connections were built between lines to...

  • ASIN: 0823261905

Legendary USA NYC Subway Token Charcoal Grey T-Shirt (XLarge)

Legendary USA NYC Subway Token Charcoal Grey T-Shirt

Unisex Charcoal Grey Short Sleeve Tagless T-Shirt with retro New York City token graphic 3-color print. 8" token diameter. Printed in USA.

  • Color: Grey
  • Brand: Legendary USA
  • ASIN: B079KJDB3N

Cynthia Gale NYC Transit Subway Token Necklace

Cynthia Gale NYC Transit Subway Token

The iconic New York City subway token and talisman of the city was first introduced in 1953. Over the next 50 years there were six different variations of the token, designed and minted. Just after midnight on April 13th, 2003 these symbolic tokens were phased out. The subways' renowned token is now a cherished momento of the ever-changing image of the Big Apple. Using re-polished authentic MTA tokens to create unique collectible jewelry, the Cynthia Gale Retro Metro Collection will inspire you to "Take the A Train" or celebrate going out on the town.

  • Color: Brass/Silver
  • Brand: Cynthia Gale
  • ASIN: B01MYYHPV7

NYC Transit small token earrings w colored crystals (Clear)

NYC Transit small token earrings w colored crystals

These beautiful earrings were coaxed from Genuine Circulated Small New York City Transit tokens. These tokens are the oldest of the bunch used from the 1950's to 1970. These are on non alergenic surgical stainless steel ear wires amd stainless steel jump ring The first mass-produced token to be put into use was coined in 1953 when the fare was fifteen cents. This version was used until 1970, by which point the fare was raised to twenty cents. In the subway's infancy, it only cost five cents to get on a train, in the pre-token days you would just insert a nickel to pass through. In 1948 the fare was raised to ten cents, so the New York City Transit authority re-outfitted the turnstiles to accept dimes. It wasn't until the city increased the fare to fifteen cents that they encountered a problem. The lack of a fifteen cent coin led to the creation of the subway token. The 1970 token was designed to be larger than its 1953 counterpart. The release of the 1970 token was met with a fare increase to thirty cents. By the end of the decade the far went up to fifty cents. I always use the best materials available, including the used tokens, please be aware as they are circulated tokens they may have some wear marks but i pick out the best available for you. the photos are aproximatly repre...

  • Color: Clear
  • Brand: Unique Up-Cycled Jewelry
  • ASIN: B072MKB31W

Subway Token Cap Remover Keyring with Free Gift Box

Subway Token Cap Remover Keyring with Free Gift

Silver coloured metal bottle cap remover novelty keyring. Total length 9cm. 2.5cm feature image with domed protective resin. Image does not contain actual token. Supplied with free box. Refunds will not include postage unless faulty.

  • Color: silver
  • Brand: 1StopShops
  • ASIN: B01DUSD37U

Subway Token Metal Miniature Flask Keyring

Subway Token Metal Miniature Flask

1oz stainless steel novelty miniature flask keyring. Flask body is 4.7 x 4.1x 2.2 cm. Centre design is a 2cm image with clear domed resin. Boxed. Brand new and made to order.

  • Color: Silver
  • Brand: 1StopShops
  • ASIN: B01DPSN3TI

New York Subway vinyl decal Small © 2013 Laced Up Decals

New York Subway vinyl decal Small © 2013

Cut from high quality vinyl that has an outdoor life expectancy of 5-8 years. The decal will be white, the background will be whatever you are putting the decal on. This is a single color decal. Each decal will come on clean transparent transfer tape (not paper)for very easy application. Can be applied on outside of any smooth, flat, clean and dry surface. Great on laptops, glass, car windows, use your imagination. Instructions for application will also be provided.

  • Color: White
  • Brand: Laced Up DecalsTM
  • ASIN: B005E1Y948

NYC Transit small token earrings

NYC Transit small token

These beautiful earrings were coaxed from Genuine Circulated Small New York City Transit tokens. These tokens are the oldest of the bunch used from the 1950's to 1970. These are on non alergenic surgical stainless steel ear wires amd stainless steel jump ring The first mass-produced token to be put into use was coined in 1953 when the fare was fifteen cents. This version was used until 1970, by which point the fare was raised to twenty cents. In the subway's infancy, it only cost five cents to get on a train, in the pre-token days you would just insert a nickel to pass through. In 1948 the fare was raised to ten cents, so the New York City Transit authority re-outfitted the turnstiles to accept dimes. It wasn't until the city increased the fare to fifteen cents that they encountered a problem. The lack of a fifteen cent coin led to the creation of the subway token. The 1970 token was designed to be larger than its 1953 counterpart. The release of the 1970 token was met with a fare increase to thirty cents. By the end of the decade the far went up to fifty cents. I always use the best materials available, including the used tokens, please be aware as they are circulated tokens they may have some wear marks but i pick out the best available for you. the photos are aproximatly repre...

  • Brand: Unique Up-Cycled Jewelry
  • ASIN: B072ML2YB7

Token vs. stored value card use in the New York City subway system: An observational study over two time periods

Token vs. stored value card use in the

  • ASIN: B0006QDC6M

New York Subway vinyl decal Big © 2013 Laced Up Decals

New York Subway vinyl decal Big © 2013

Cut from high quality vinyl that has an outdoor life expectancy of 5-8 years. The decal will be white, the background will be whatever you are putting the decal on. This is a single color decal. Each decal will come on clean transparent transfer tape (not paper)for very easy application. Can be applied on outside of any smooth, flat, clean and dry surface. Great on laptops, glass, car windows, use your imagination. Instructions for application will also be provided.

  • Color: White
  • Brand: Laced Up DecalsTM
  • ASIN: B005E2EYKQ
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