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Reign of the Redbirds— Gallery Talk

November 19, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Free with Museum Admission

Join Associate Curator Jodi Shapiro for a discussion of Reign of the Redbirds, an exhibition that examines the 1,410 subway cars that captured the imaginations of millions, and still evoke expressions of love to this day, especially as part of the Transit Museum’s fleet of vintage subway cars.

2019 marks the 60th anniversary of the introduction of the R26 subway cars, the first of the cars that came to be referred to as “Redbirds”. If you rode the subway between 1960 and 2003, chances are it was on a Redbird—they were on every numbered line and several lettered lines. Boxy and industrial-looking, these vehicles became synonymous with New York City and are as iconic as the subway token.

Pre-Registration is not required for this drop-in event, which is included with your museum admission. Please see the Plan Your Visit page for information and directions.

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.

Image Credit: Photo by William R. Mangahas, Courtesy of Newkirk Images.


November 19, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free with Museum Admission
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Kendra Sykes


Transit Museum
Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, United States
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