28 Jun 2012
Last updated during 23:53 GMT
From Harlem and top Manhattan to Brooklyn, Queens and a Atlantic Ocean – New York city’s A Line transport track covers over 30 miles, takes dual hours to float from finish to end, and is a impulse for one of jazz’s best famous tunes.
Here – with repository images and colourful present-day photographs from Melanie Burford – New Yorker columnist Adam Gopnik takes a float on one of today’s A trains, and explores a communities vital along a route.
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Adam Gopnik spoke to Columbia University historian Kenneth Jackson – Brooklyn merchant Leticia Mulzac – and Howard Schwach who edits Rockaway’s village newspaper, The Wave. Click bottom right for picture captions.
You Must Take a A Train can be listened on BBC Radio 4 (FM only) during 1102 BST on Friday 29 June.
New York Transit Museum images can't be reproduced but created accede from New York Transit Museum Archives.
Other images pleasantness Melanie Burford and Getty Images. All images theme to copyright. Music by Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington.
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