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Open House New York Weekend: New York Transit Museum and The Evolution of Subway Car Design

October 17, 2020 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Free Online Discussion
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The New York Transit Museum is housed in Court Street station, a decommissioned subway station in downtown Brooklyn. Court Street station is a typical IND station of the 1930s, consistent with aesthetics and design of other stations of its era, and as functional as any other two-track, stub-end IND terminal. It was built with grander plans for a future that never materialized, and as such was underutilized with just a few hundred riders per day for nearly the entirety of its service life. It was closed in the 1940s and remained so for 30 years until 1976 when it was chosen for the New York Transit Exhibit for the City’s celebration of America’s bicentennial. The exhibit proved so popular that it never closed. The Museum’s working platform level spans a full city block and is home to a rotating selection of twenty vintage subway and elevated cars dating back to 1907.

Join Education staff to learn about the history of Court Street station, virtually explore the Museum’s platform level, and examine some of the most influential subway cars to have hit the New York City rails.


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Please Note: This discussion will take place online. Upon registration, all participants will receive a confirmation e-mail with instructions on how to participate. We encourage you to download the Zoom app in advance for the best user experience.

Thank you for supporting the Transit Museum!


Open House New York

Open House New York is a nonprofit organization that advocates for an open and inclusive city. In addition to OHNY Weekend, Open House New York organizes a wide range of programs all year long that provide broad audiences with unparalleled access to the extraordinary architecture and urban design of New York and to the people who help design, build, and preserve the city. For more info visit ohny.org.

The 18th Open House New York Weekend – October 17-28, 2020

Open House New York Weekend is a citywide celebration of architecture, urban design, and New York City. Every October, buildings and projects across New York’s five boroughs—from infrastructure facilities to cultural spaces and from workspaces to private residences—open their doors to the public for tours and talks with architects, urban designers, historians, preservationists, and city leaders. Through video tours, virtual talks, outdoor self-guided experiences, and more, this year’s festival is an opportunity for New Yorkers to reconnect with the city we love, and a rallying call in support of the city’s strength and resiliency.


October 17, 2020
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Free Online Discussion
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