NYC subway damage 1956

Crowds of homebound New Yorkers move slowly toward the Grand Central station of the IRT's Lexington Avenue line after leaving the crosstown shuttle during the peak of the rush hour, July 16, 1956. Flooding from water poured on the Wanamaker department store building fire has disrupted Lower East Side subway service and forced straphangers to use West Side lines. At Grand Central, where riders switched from west to east side lines, crowds were described as twice as heavy as normal. (AP Photo/Tom Fitzsimmons)