New York State Archives, NYSA_B1598-99_101354
A parking lot at Long Island City in Queens, New York City, with an elevated train track in the background, September 2, 1947.
In the picture, what structure is in the distance?
What are the advantages of commuting to work by train?
What are the environmental impacts of taking the commuter train into the city as compared to driving?
How did the train companies acquire permission to build tracks across private property in New York State?
Math: Find out the distance from Long Island City to the center of Manhattan. Research the speed of commuter trains and calculate how long it took a person to travel into the city.
Science: After researching aerodynamic designs, create a new design of a train that would be considered aerodynamic, and explain why it is aerodynamic.
English Language Arts: Create a travel brochure advertising a scenic trip of 500 miles along Cornelius Vanderbilt’s railroads in New York. Pick any 500 miles, but promote New York State’s landscape, sites, and natural beauty.
Collicutt, Paul. This Train. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1999. ISBN: 0374374937.
Simon, Seymour. Seymour Simon's Book of Trains. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2002. ISBN: 0060284757, 0060284765.