NYC subway damage 1956

Mayor Robert Wagner of New York moves across damaged tracks in the Astor Place Station of the IRT's Lexington Avenue line with assistance of inspector Edward Stanley, left, during a brief tour of the station, July 1, 1956 . Mayor Wagner announced after inspecting the tracks that service would be restored on the East Side line on July 20. Service was disrupted on July 14 when water poured on the nearby Wanamaker store fire flooded the station and caused the tracks to sink. (AP Photo/John Lent)