On June 1, 1940, the City of New York took over the privately run BMT and IRT subway lines and the BMT streetcars in Brooklyn. On that same day, many elevated lines were abandoned. In the picture below, you see LaGuardia operating what appears to be a IND train with R1-9 cars on that important date. It is ironic that the train that he was operating was a city owned Independent Subway train that was always city operated. Does not the mayor look like Lou Costello?
Mayor LaGuardia at his desk (below) and Abbott and Costello together.
NOTE, Subject matter was brought up today for the first time in "Subchat". The June 1st anniversary of "Unification" was not too long ago and thus it is a good subject.
LaGuardia was at the dedication of PCC streetcar operation in Brooklyn in 1936?