In the early 1960s, Brooklyn-born photographer Danny Lyon found fame documenting the civil rights movement in the South and motorcycle gangs in Chicago. When Lyon returned home in 1966 in search of a new project, his mother gave him some pretty solid advice: “If you’re bored, just talk to someone on the subway.” Lyons was the first photographer to document the subway in Brooklyn. Shot with a Rolleiflex camera and color transparency film, the images remained unseen for years. In 2014, MTA Arts & Design exhibited them to the public for the first time. Key takeaway: The NYC subway looked a bit long in the tooth but the people riding it looked awesome. 

All photos courtesy of Danny Lyon via Gizmodo