Lonely Planet Magazine (US) - - NYC -

The early shi’ comes first, in hard hats and boots, snooz­ing in the molded-plas­tic seats while the sun sum­mons the will to rise. Later, waves of com­mut­ing o£ce work­ers start to build, and a squirm­ing squad of school­child­ren file through on a field trip. A cheer­ful a cap­pella group, made up en­tirely of se­nior cit­i­zens, weaves its way from car to crowded car. New York’s sprawl­ing, 24-hour sub­way sys­tem runs to its own, fre­netic beat. But be­yond the bus­tle, glim­mers of glam­our and hints of his­tory wait to be dis­cov­ered – al­beit o’en ob­scured be­neath a few dozen lay­ers of grit. Ama­teur sub­way his­to­rian and pro­fes­sional NYC tour guide Gary Den­nis leads tours to bring them to light. Here, a soar­ing, vaulted, turn-of-the-cen­tury colon­nade; there, over­looked in­stal­la­tions of large-scale mod­ern art by the likes of Mil­ton Glaser and Roy Licht­en­stein. Ev­ery­where you turn, pieces of the city’s past hover in the pe­riph­ery for a keen ob­server’s eye.

>> Sub­way tours from $150 for groups of up to eight;


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