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Wednesday, May 1 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Free for Seniors

Coney Island became a popular beach resort in the 1860s, providing a refuge from hectic urban life with grand hotels, dining halls, and racetracks. The upper classes were the first to enjoy Coney Island’s charms, arriving by excursion boats and ferries from lower Manhattan and downtown Brooklyn. Steam rail service quickly followed, connecting trains from northern and western Brooklyn to Coney Island’s horse drawn streetcar lines, greatly increasing access to the sea.  By the late 1870s, Coney Island was one of the most visited resorts in the United States, and today more than 10 million people visit the boardwalk each year.

Join transit Historian Andrew Sparberg for a tour the New York Transit Museum’s vintage train car collection and discussion about the history of traveling to this popular beach destination, and share your memories of taking the train to Coney Island.

Transit Talks on Senior Wednesdays are free, and pre-Registration is not required for drop-in events. Seniors ages 62+ receive free admission every Wednesday. 

About Transit Talks on Senior Wednesdays: 

Relive the experience of traveling through New York City during the early, mid and late twentieth century! Explore our hands-on collection of vintage subway and elevated cars and exhibits that share the rich story of public transportation. Discover the history, technology, design and future of transportation.

Please Note: The New York Transit Museum is located in a decommissioned subway station at 99 Schermerhorn Street, on the corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street in Downtown Brooklyn. The Museum is accessible by over 20 bus and subway lines. 

The entrance to the Museum is down two flights of stairs. A second, wheelchair-accessible entrance is located on the corner of Schermerhorn and Court Streets. For information on wheelchair access, American Sign Language interpreters, Assisted Listening Devices, or other accessibility matters please visit the accessibility page on the Museum’s website.

If you have any questions, please e-mail us or call 718-694-4066.


Wednesday, May 1
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free for Seniors
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Transit Museum
Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, United States
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