The City: Crime Underground

New York City's brand-new subway was hailed as the growing edge of progress in 1904, when the first train pulled out of City Hall Station with the mayor at its sterling-silver throttle and a load of top-hatted dignitaries who made the nine-mile run to 145th Street and Broadway in 26 minutes. Today, the littered cars, clashing and swaying through the underground dark, packed torso to torso or eerie with emptiness, have increasingly become hunting grounds for the city's sick and sinister creatures of prey. Complaints of major crimes increased 9% in the city during 1964, the police department announced...

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