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How We Got to Coney Island
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How We Got to Coney Island is the definitive history of mass transportation in Brooklyn. Covering 150 years of extraordinary growth, Cudahy tells the complete story of the trolleys, street cars, steamboats, and railways that helped create New York's largest borough---and the remarkable system that grew to connect the world's most famous seaside resort with Brooklyn, New York City across the river, and, ultimately, the rest of the world. Includes tables, charts, photographs, and maps.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. p. i
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. iv-v
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vi
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. viii-xii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiv-xix
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  1. 1. A Primer on Coney Island and Brooklyn
  2. pp. 3-23
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  1. 2. Street Railways (1854-1890)
  2. pp. 24-48
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  1. 3. Iron Piers and Iron Steamboats (1845-1918)
  2. pp. 49-66
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  1. 4. Excursion Railways (1864-1890)
  2. pp. 67-103
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  1. 5. Elevated Railways (1880-1890)
  2. pp. 104-123
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  1. 6. Merger, Consolidation, and the Emergence of the BRT (1890-1900)
  2. pp. 124-189
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  1. 7. Subways and the Nickel Empire (1900-1940)
  2. pp. 190-249
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  1. 8. Coney Island at War (1940-1945)
  2. pp. 250-265
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  1. 9. After VJ Day (1945-2000)
  2. pp. 266-286
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  1. Appendix A: BRT and BMT Rail Passenger Cars, 1900-1940
  2. pp. 287-292
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  1. Appendix B: Rail and Steamboat Schedules, Summer 1880
  2. pp. 293-298
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  1. Endnotes
  2. pp. 299-326
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 327-332
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 333-346
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