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Here are ten of my favorite obscure facts about the New York City subway system. Enjoy!

1. There were once cars reserved only for women

In March 1909, women-only subway cars, known as “suffragette cars” were introduced on trains running from Manhattan to Hoboken (today’s PATH train). During rush hour, the last car in each train was reserved exclusively for women and children. Unsurprisingly, the proposal prompted a passionate pu...

From the outside, the sanitation garage in East Harlem is rather unremarkable, even a bit dingy looking. Yet, hidden behind the rusted, graffiti-laden doors is something truly magical: a secret museum. The second floor, long deemed too weak to house garbage trucks, is home to three decades worth of salvaged trash. Every inch of the cavernous space is covered with artwork, furniture, and toys — all of which were handpicked out...

Tucked on a quiet, tree-lined street on the Upper East Side, is an elegant townhouse with a Jacobean facade. Few are aware that behind the wrought iron entranceway, lies a treasure trove of artifacts from all over the world, including a narwal tusk, Sir Edmund Hilary’s ice pick, and a chair that belonged to the last Empress of the Qing Dynasty. The building is home to the legendary Explorers Club, a social and professional soc...

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