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December 2019

Hidden History: Substation 13

December 8, 2019 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Substation 13

Join long-time Museum guide and historian Robert W. Lobenstein, former General Superintendent for Power Systems at New York City Transit, to tour Substation #13 and see its equipment, including the recently-restored Rotary #1.

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February 2020

MEMBER MORNINGS, FIRST SUNDAYS

Sunday, February 2 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Transit Museum, Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, United States
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Free for Museum Members
Member Family

Members have the Museum in Downtown Brooklyn all to themselves during Member Mornings, First Sundays! Explore our vintage cars, enjoy our exhibits, and take your turn in the bus driver’s seat ─ without the weekend crowds! Members will have exclusive access to the Museum from 10 am to 11 am and enjoy free admission year-round.

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Behind the Scenes: East 180th Street Yard Tour

Saturday, February 15 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
$50 for Museum Members Only
Trains lined up at the East 180th Street yard

Go behind the scenes at the East 180th Street yard, the home of the 5 train, with Raymond Delvalle, Jr., General Superintendent of Millennium Lines and the 239th Street, Jerome, East 180th Street, and Corona Shops. The E. 180th Street Yard has 8 storage tracks and a 12-track shop building where all new IRT type cars are tested upon delivery. Originally constructed in 1924, the shop was renovated in the 1990s, just in time for acceptance of new R-142 cars that replaced the historic fleet of Redbird trains.

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Jewel in the Crown: Old City Hall Station

Sunday, February 23 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
$50 for Museum Members Only
Visitors to City Hall Station look around as a 6 train passes. Photo by Chris Funfgeld.

With exclusive access through the New York Transit Museum, explore the elegant chandeliers, leaded skylights, vaulted tile ceiling, and graceful curves of this decommissioned subway station. The tour begins above ground, where you will learn the fascinating history of the Beach Pneumatic Tube and the development of City Hall. Then, head downstairs and be transported back to 1904, a time when the Subway’s opening and the completion of this station marked a moment of great civic pride.

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Jewel in the Crown: Old City Hall Station

Sunday, February 23 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$50 for Museum Members Only
Visitors to City Hall Station look around as a 6 train passes. Photo by Chris Funfgeld.

With exclusive access through the New York Transit Museum, explore the elegant chandeliers, leaded skylights, vaulted tile ceiling, and graceful curves of this decommissioned subway station. The tour begins above ground, where you will learn the fascinating history of the Beach Pneumatic Tube and the development of City Hall. Then, head downstairs and be transported back to 1904, a time when the Subway’s opening and the completion of this station marked a moment of great civic pride.

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March 2020

MEMBER MORNINGS, FIRST SUNDAYS

Sunday, March 1 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Transit Museum, Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, United States
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Free for Museum Members
Member Family

Members have the Museum in Downtown Brooklyn all to themselves during Member Mornings, First Sundays! Explore our vintage cars, enjoy our exhibits, and take your turn in the bus driver’s seat ─ without the weekend crowds! Members will have exclusive access to the Museum from 10 am to 11 am and enjoy free admission year-round.

Find out more »

Jewel in the Crown: Old City Hall Station

Saturday, March 7 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
$50 for Museum Members Only
Visitors to City Hall Station look around as a 6 train passes. Photo by Chris Funfgeld.

With exclusive access through the New York Transit Museum, explore the elegant chandeliers, leaded skylights, vaulted tile ceiling, and graceful curves of this decommissioned subway station. The tour begins above ground, where you will learn the fascinating history of the Beach Pneumatic Tube and the development of City Hall. Then, head downstairs and be transported back to 1904, a time when the Subway’s opening and the completion of this station marked a moment of great civic pride.

Sold Out!

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Jewel in the Crown: Old City Hall Station

Saturday, March 7 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$50 for Museum Members Only
Visitors to City Hall Station look around as a 6 train passes. Photo by Chris Funfgeld.

With exclusive access through the New York Transit Museum, explore the elegant chandeliers, leaded skylights, vaulted tile ceiling, and graceful curves of this decommissioned subway station. The tour begins above ground, where you will learn the fascinating history of the Beach Pneumatic Tube and the development of City Hall. Then, head downstairs and be transported back to 1904, a time when the Subway’s opening and the completion of this station marked a moment of great civic pride.

Sold Out!

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Jewel in the Crown: Old City Hall Station

Friday, March 13 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
$50 for Museum Members Only
Visitors to City Hall Station look around as a 6 train passes. Photo by Chris Funfgeld.

With exclusive access through the New York Transit Museum, explore the elegant chandeliers, leaded skylights, vaulted tile ceiling, and graceful curves of this decommissioned subway station. The tour begins above ground, where you will learn the fascinating history of the Beach Pneumatic Tube and the development of City Hall. Then, head downstairs and be transported back to 1904, a time when the Subway’s opening and the completion of this station marked a moment of great civic pride.

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{CANCELLED} Behind the Scenes: Michael J. Quill Bus Depot

Sunday, March 15 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
$50 for Museum Members Only

Join the New York Transit Museum for a behind the scenes tour of the Michael J. Quill Bus Depot! Located in Hell’s Kitchen, the multi-floor Quill Bus Depot is New York City’s largest depot and houses the fleet for 18 Manhattan bus routes including crosstown Select Bus Service (SBS) routes.  

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April 2020

Digital Discussion: Inside the Archives – Members Only

Monday, April 6 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free Online Discussion

Historical objects help us learn about the past and link us to the present and the future. To tell the ever-evolving story of mass transportation and its role in the development of New York City and the surrounding metropolitan region, the New York Transit Museum acquires artifacts of all sizes, from vintage buses to individual subway tokens.

Join New York Transit Museum Collections Manager Desiree Alden for a digital discussion to explore the archives of the New York Transit Museum. 

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Please Note: This digital discussion is a special perk of New York Transit Museum membership. Not a member? Join now to enjoy exclusive programs and support the Transit Museum!

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Digital Discussion: Navigating New York – Members Only

Friday, April 10 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free Online Discussion
R33 Bluebird World's Fair Car 9306; Credit: Black Paw Photo

New York’s transportation history happened in phases, from early ships, trains and passenger ferries to more modern subways, trains, buses and cars. Transportation maps highlight the story of New York’s growth through the increasingly connected transportation system.

Join Curator Kathleen Hulser for a digital discussion of our recent exhibit Navigating New York and discover how mass transit catalyzed the greater New York region into what it is today. 

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Digital Discussion: Anatomy of a Powerhouse: Electrifying the Els– Members Only

Tuesday, April 21 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online
Free Online Discussion

At the turn of the 20th century, the construction of the 74th Street Powerhouse ushered in a new era that enabled the transition from steam locomotives to cleaner electric trains, fundamentally improving conditions in New York City. Before the switch, smoke, cinders and soot from steam-powered elevated trains plagued Manhattan, blackening the air and dirtying the streets. The New York Transit Museum exhibition, Anatomy of a Powerhouse: Powering the Els, highlighted a fascinating series of photographs that revealed the staggering scale of the 74th Street Powerhouse, offering a rare glimpse into early transit history in New York and the immense power required to move Manhattan’s entire elevated railway system.

Join Collections Manager Desiree Alden-Gonzalez for a digital discussion that showcases the construction and early operations of the 74th Street Powerhouse with black and white photographs from the Museum’s archival collection and celebrates the massive building and powerful machinery that revolutionized elevated transit in New York City.

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Digital Discussion: Minutes to Midtown: Long Island City- Members Only

Friday, April 24 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online
Free Online Discussion

The construction of the Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT) Flushing line, originally known as the Corona Line but known to most as the 7 train, sparked a real estate boom that transformed the mostly rural areas of Queens into vibrant neighborhoods- even prior to its opening in 1915. One of these neighborhoods, Long Island City, began, like most of Queens, as a collection of farms. The political and financial backing that came with Queens’ consolidation into New York City in 1898 supported long-imagined and much-needed infrastructure projects, such as the opening of the Queensboro Bridge in 1909 and of the Steinway Tunnels in 1915.

Join Associate Curator Jodi Shapiro for a digital discussion tracing more than 100 years of history of the first subway line in Queens. Together, we will explore the impact of the IRT Flushing Line on the development of the Long Island City, Queens and highlight its key role in the economic and social development of New York City.

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May 2020

Digital Discussion: Making Modern Maps – Members Only

Monday, May 4 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online
Free Online Discussion

Transportation maps for the New York region evolved gradually -- helping riders navigate the region and marketing mass transit as a modern, desirable choice for commuters. Even as the system grew more complex after the consolidation of the private and public subway systems in 1940, mapmakers experimented with different styles and colors to simplify the most significant information for quick comprehension.

Join Curator Kathleen Hulser for a digital discussion on the journey to create a modern transportation map for New York. Learn how innovations in map design and communications in the 1950s and beyond enabled transportation maps to take on a brighter, cleaner look.

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Digital Discussion: The Evolution of Penn Station – Members Only

Monday, May 11 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online
Free Online Discussion

Before Penn Station was built on the west side of Manhattan, the only way for people to cross the Hudson River was by ferry. The Pennsylvania Railroad Company wanted to provide passengers a direct route to Manhattan from the south and set about to build a grand station occupying eight acres in midtown Manhattan. The original Penn Station opened in 1910 and was considered one of the great architectural works of New York City, as well as an engineering feat for its time.

Join Registrar Chelsea Reil for a digital discussion focused on Penn Station’s evolution from an architectural wonder to the ever-busy station it is today. Learn the ways Penn Station revolutionized long-distance travel in and out New York City and plans to rebuild the station to its original grandeur.

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Digital Discussion: Streetscapes and Subways: Photographs by Pierre P. and Granville W. Pullis – Members Only

Wednesday, May 20 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online
Free Online Discussion
Black and white photo of four tunnel workers. Two are at the far edge of the image, facing the camera. Two are standing in the middle background, with their backs towards the camera.

As New York’s subway system was being planned at the turn of the 20th century, transit officials did what any large construction company would do today: hired an official photographer to take survey photographs and provide precise documentation of an area prior to—and during—construction.

Join Associate Curator Jodi Shapiro for a digital discussion of Streetscapes & Subways: Photographs by Pierre P. and Granville W. Pullis , an exhibition that provides a rare view of the last days of “old New York” through the lenses of two of the earliest photographers of subway construction. The photographs transcend their original purpose, showing New York changing daily as a result of the subway and revealing architectural and cultural details of a city that would otherwise be long forgotten.

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Digital Discussion: Elevated Railways – Members Only

Tuesday, May 26 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online
Free Online Discussion
Depiction of the elevated line as it rolls past the Customs House (now Museum of the American Indian) in lower Manhattan.

Before the current subway system in New York City was constructed, there were elevated railways. Now considered a beloved relic of the past, Els were built to ease the overcrowding in what is known as Lower Manhattan today, while simultaneously expanding the city outward to the other boroughs. The elevated lines along Ninth, Sixth, Third, and Second Avenues eased congestion and added new development, ultimately changing the geography of New York City.

Join Archivist Katherine Sorresso for a digital discussion that explores the evolution of New York City’s elevated subways from a solution to – literally—get transportation off the ground, to their eventual decline due to the construction and rapid expansion of the subterranean subway.

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Digital Discussion: Elevated Railways

Thursday, May 28 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online
Free Online Discussion
Depiction of the elevated line as it rolls past the Customs House (now Museum of the American Indian) in lower Manhattan.

Before the current subway system in New York City was constructed, there were elevated railways. Now considered a beloved relic of the past, Els were built to ease the overcrowding in what is known as Lower Manhattan today, while simultaneously expanding the city outward to the other boroughs. The elevated lines along Ninth, Sixth, Third, and Second Avenues eased congestion and added new development, ultimately changing the geography of New York City.

Join Archivist Katherine Sorresso for a digital discussion that explores the evolution of New York City’s elevated subways from a solution to – literally—get transportation off the ground, to their eventual decline due to the construction and rapid expansion of the subterranean subway.

Limited spots available! RSVP here >

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July 2020

Digital Discussion: The History of Transportation on Roosevelt Island – Members Only

Wednesday, July 1 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online
Free Online Discussion
black and white image of a tramway on the Queensboro Bridge

With the iconic red tramway soaring above, the IND 63rd Street subway line below, and the NYC Ferry docking on its shores, Roosevelt Island has no shortage of transportation options, all of which have been key to its development over time. Roosevelt Island was accessed by boat beginning in the early 20th century, the Queensboro bridge beginning in 1909, and by subway starting in 1989 with the opening of the island’s station along the IND F line.

Join Research Archivist Daniel Brenner for a Digital Discussion where we will learn the detailed histories behind each mode of transportation as they appeared on Roosevelt Island. Discover the island’s geography, how it came it be inhabited, and possibilities for the future.

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