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Published on Jul 4, 2012
Ride on the New York subway filmed on May 21, 1905, by G. W. ("Billy") Bitzer for the American Mutoscope & Biograph Company, using a camera mounted on the front of a subway train following another train on the same track. At the time of filming, the subway was only seven months old, having opened on October 27, 1904. The ride begins at 14th Street (Union Square) and, following the route of the East Side Interborough Rapid Transit line, ends at the old Grand Central Station, built by Cornelius Vanderbuilt in 1869, replaced in 1913 by the current one.
The film itself is in the public domain and available in two parts from the Library of Congress' Early Motion Picture Collection (http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/papr/ermp...). The music is "On the Subway/On the Train" by Bill Burke from his 2005 album, Comma.