EXPLORE THE NEW YORK CITY SUBWAY.
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 oen 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;