Subwayland by Randy Kennedy
Adventures in the World Beneath New York

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Since the doors of the first subway train opened in 1904, New Yorkers and tourists alike have been fascinated, amused, amazed, repelled and bewildered by the world-within-a-world that lies beneath the city.

Now, as the subway celebrates its centennial anniversary, the creator of The New York Times's award-winning "Tunnel Vision" column leads us on an extended tour of this storied subterranean land, revealing:

* Its inhabitants: the Tango Man, the traveling magician, Mayor Bloomberg
* Its wildlife: the subway-riding pigeons, the Fulton Street cat, the blind mules
* Its customs, taboos and secret histories: door blocking, leg spreading, pole hugging, even, yes, token sucking
* Its government: the sheriff of Grand Central, the Ethel Merman of the shuttle, the motorman who drove the last No. 1 train beneath the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001
* Tips for the first-time traveler: how to get a seat, how to get a date, the fine art of "pre-walking"

About Randy Kennedy

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Randy Kennedy has been a reporter at "The New York Times" for ten years. In 2001, "Tunnel Vision" won the New York State Associated Press Association award for best column. He lives in Brooklyn and takes the R train.
Published February 1, 2004 by San Val. 240 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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The entertainment, he suggests, can be found in the sideshows: the performers, the bluesmen, and the magicians, certainly, but also the woman who sells her short stories for $2 a pop, or the pigeons that grab a train at Far Rockaway and ride a few stops to feast on available tidbits.

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For the two and a half years Randy Kennedy wrote his ''Tunnel Vision'' column for The New York Times, it simply seemed he worked the paper's best beat -- a subway system into which 1.4 billion passengers squeeze every frickin' year.

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Knox News

In "Subwayland," Randy Kennedy's compilation of his New York Times column "Tunnel Vision," Kennedy portrays the stories of various individuals in a seemingly endless mob of people, unified by one common thread: the subway.

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