I started reading Stilgoe's _Metropolitan Corridors_, and fairly early on in the book I was arrested by the description of Manhattan Transfer. My first reaction, whoa, train to boat to train, that must have sucked. My second reaction, whoa, I think I've run into that kind of annoying connection somewhere else, too. My third reaction, hey, Dos Passos named a novel after that? Wacky. And finally, wasn't there a band named that?
The wikipedia disambiguation page for Manhattan Transfer captures all that, adds a couple I had never heard of, and reminded me of the Watchmen connection.