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April 2021

Digital Discussion – 1962: Fifth Avenue Coach Company Suddenly Disappears

Saturday, April 24 | 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Online
$10/Free for Members

Fifth Avenue Coach Company was the pioneering urban bus operator in the United States. Beginning in 1885 with horse-drawn buses on its namesake avenue between Washington Square and 89th Street, the firm successfully introduced motor buses in 1907 and soon completely phased out the need for equine power. By 1956 Fifth Avenue Coach and its affiliated firms were the largest privately-owned urban bus operation in the United States, encompassing all of Manhattan and The Bronx, a portion of Queens, and half of Westchester County. In March 1962, the Fifth Avenue Coach Company was suddenly finished as a NYC bus operator.

Join long-time Transit Museum volunteer, CUNY instructor, and historian Andrew Sparberg for a digital discussion about this significant part of New York transit history. Learn about the management-provoked strike that spurred the end of the Fifth Avenue Coach Company and the prominent business, political, and labor leaders who played key roles in the drama.

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Digital Discussion – A Symbol of New York: Grand Central Terminal

Wednesday, April 28 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online
$10/ Free for Members
black and white photo of five beams of light shining into Grand Central's main hall

New Yorkers in the early 1900s saw their city as the new cultural and commercial capital, deserving of a majestic landmark. The vibrant City Beautiful movement, meanwhile, promoted architectural excellence. Grand Central Terminal satisfied both desires, invigorating midtown Manhattan and transforming regional transportation.

Join Museum Educator Joe Hartman for a digital discussion on the evolution of Grand Central Terminal. Explore how it was constructed in stages to serve the demands of the city’s expanding population and how the grandeur and opulence of its architecture has continued to attract travelers and sightseers alike.

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May 2021

Digital Discussion: Crosstown on the L Train

Wednesday, May 12 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online
$10/ Free for Members

Explore the history of the L train (14th Street Canarsie Local), which runs from 14th Street in Manhattan to Rockaway Parkway in Canarsie, Brooklyn. Discover details about its origins, view archival images of its construction, and learn about the controversies that occurred in bringing the line to fruition. Discover some of the many neighborhoods along the line and how some of them have changed over the years. 

Join Museum Educator Kate Lanceley to uncover the long history of the 14th Street- Canarsie Local Line, going back to a steam railroad that began operation in 1865, a BRT elevated service that followed in 1906, and an expansion planned under the Dual Contracts in 1913. 

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