What a difference a century makes.
Check out this footage below, filmed on May 21, 1905, of the then seven-months-old New York City subway run from 14th to 42nd Street. (After it is a clip of the 42nd Street platform from 2012.)
For the 1905 footage, a camera was mounted on the front of a subway car and followed another train on the same track, while a specially constructed work car, fitted with lights, lit the dark tunnel from a parallel track, noted Buzzfeed.
According to The Library of Congress:
“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) following the route of today’s east side IRT, and ends at the old Grand Central Station, built by Cornelius Vanderbilt in 1869. The Grand Central Station in use today was not completed until 1913.”
Here's the 1905 footage taken by the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. The most interesting part begins at the 4;20 mark where crowds are seen on the platform:
Here's a clip of the 42nd Street subway platform more than a century later: