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Delivery on the C-Train.

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Broad Channel, NY 11693, USA

In 1989, transit worker Joe Caracciolo was on his way to the Rockaways when he heard a woman scream... In the late 1980s, not long after City Lore was founded in 1986, we joined forces with the New York City Transit Museum to conduct an oral history of New York City's transit workers. Joe Caracciolo, affectionately known as the "baby doctor" after having unexpectedly delivered a baby on the C Train in 1989, was one of the systems greatest raconteurs. His stories are featured in our own publication, "I've Been Working on the Subway: the Folklore and Oral History of Transit" (NY Transit Museum, 1991); Robert W. Snyder's "Transit Talk: New York City's Bus and Subway Workers Tell Their Stories" (Rutgers U. Press, 1998), based on City Lore's documentation project; and Jim Dwyer's "Subway Lives" (Crown Publishers, 1991).

Credits: Interview with Joe Caracciolo conducted by Dave Isay and Steve Zeitlin for the "American Talkers" series on National Public Radio. First broadcast on Weekend All Things Considered, October 21, 1991. Photos by Martha Cooper. (2:03)