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November 2020

Digital Discussion – The Third Avenue Elevated

Monday, November 2 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online
$10/Free for Members
black and white image of the Third Avenue Elevated in midtown Manhattan, 1953

2020 marks 65 years since the last IRT Third Avenue Elevated Line operated in Manhattan.  As the last of four Manhattan north-south elevated lines built between 1868 and 1880, the Third Avenue Elevated helped to develop Yorkville and East Harlem as residential areas and was extended to The Bronx beginning in 1887, reaching Fordham Road by 1901.  The Third Avenue Elevated line’s demolition process began in 1950 in Lower Manhattan and by 1955, the line was completely razed between Chatham Square and 149th Street in the Bronx.  The last portion of the line, between 149th Street and Gun Hill Road, lasted until 1973.

Join long-time Transit Museum volunteer and CUNY instructor Andrew Sparberg for a digital discussion about the history of the Third Avenue Elevated Line. Using images from the Transit Museum’s archives, we will travel back to 1950 and take a virtual station-to-station ride along the line from South Ferry to Gun Hill Road. Along the way we will discover many of the line’s unique engineering and architectural features, as well as some long-forgotten branches at 34th and 42nd Streets that closed before the rest of the line. Limited spots available! RSVP >

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Digital Discussion – The General Overhaul Program

Wednesday, November 4 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Online
Free Online Discussion

The General Overhaul Program (GOH) was a mid-life overhaul program for neglected subway cars, largely Redbirds, which involved thorough rebuilding of the fleet. Since the completion of the GOH program, the new Scheduled Maintenance System (SMS) program has replaced the GOH program by ensuring that trains do not reach a state in which they would need such an overhaul.

Join us for a digital discussion with moderator Jodi Shapiro, Associate Curator, William Allcot, MTA Superintendent of Car Equipment, Bill Wall, MTA Train Service Supervisor, and Joseph Tassiello, who retired from the MTA as the General Superintendent for the East Side Lines – A Division – IRT, to learn the ins and outs of the program, including its extraordinary impact on the current fleet of trains that moves millions of New Yorkers daily. Limited spots available! RSVP >

 

 

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Digital Discussion: 100 Years of the Interborough Rapid Transit Pelham Line

Saturday, November 7 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online
Free Online Discussion
2 train cars in the Pelham Bay Park Station Bay

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT) Pelham Line, a line that played a crucial role in the development of The Bronx, New York City’s first borough. Constructed as an extension of the IRT Lexington Avenue Line under the Dual Contracts expansion of 1913, the IRT Pelham Line has a unique history that is inextricable from the story of the borough. 

Join Museum Educator Tiara Torres for a digital discussion that explores the history of transportation in The Bronx and the development and opening of the IRT Pelham Line. Discover how the construction of the line drastically transformed New York City’s landscape. Limited spots available! RSVP >

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Digital Discussion: Transit and Sports

Tuesday, November 10 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Online
Free Online Discussion

For over 150 years mass transit and sports have been the perfect double play, with subways, buses and regional rail transporting fans from their homes to home games across the boroughs. With over twenty professional sports teams in the New York metropolitan region, mass transit makes sports stadiums accessible and transportation to games seamless. 

Join Visitor Experience Facilitator Niko Goutakolis and Education Staff Jason Weiss for a digital discussion about the relationship between public transit and sports. Whether your allegiance is to the Jets or the Giants, or the Yankees or Mets, discover fascinating stories that show the ways in which public transit and sports are intertwined in New York City. Limited spots available! RSVP >

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Digital Discussion: Subway Style

Thursday, November 12 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online
Free Online Discussion
Sailing Ship Mosaic: South Ferry Loop Station (IRT Seventh Avenue Line), 1905; Courtesy of the New York Transit Museum Collection.

To celebrate the centennial of the opening of New York City’s subway in 1904, the New York Transit Museum produced the 2004 publication, Subway Style: 100 Years of Architecture and Design in the New York City Subway. From train interiors to architectural details of stations to the development of token and mosaic signage design, Subway Style showcased more than 250 extraordinary photographs from the Museum’s archives that chronicled New York’s unique subway style over the years.

 

Join Museum Educator Danaleah Schoenfuss for a digital discussion to explore the aesthetic movements that defined New York’s subway style. Learn about Heins and Lafarge’s ornate Beaux-Arts work, explore the Arts and Crafts Movement through the mosaics of Squire Vickers, discover how the Independent Subway Company ushered in a Machine Age era of design, and see how stations continue to evolve through sustainable and accessible design initiatives.

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