Yvette's Story

Chapter 1: Life in New York City after World War I was simple and quiet. My father, a civil engineer and graduate of Cooper Union, worked on designing the Holland Tunnel running under the Hudson River, but the subway system was his dream job. He taught me about “the third rail” and the danger of touching it, and about rats as big as cats in the newly dug tunnels. I had a healthy respect for his work and I learned, at an early age, to read the maps in the subway cars.