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April 2019

Deep Dive in the Archive

Sunday, April 28 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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The New York Transit Museum’s Gabrielle Shubert Research Center in Sunset Park holds more than 8,000 artifacts, 3,000 cubic feet of archival material, and 250,000 photographs. The Research Center and its holdings help the New York Transit Museum tell the stories of mass transportation – extraordinary engineering feats, workers who labored in the tunnels over 100 years ago, communities that were drastically transformed, and the ever-evolving technology, design, and ridership of a system that runs 24 hours a day, every day of the year. On this tour, join New York Transit Museum archivists to learn how they preserve objects and archival materials, and view items from the Museum's extensive collections.

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Deep Dive in the Archive

Sunday, April 28 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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The New York Transit Museum’s Gabrielle Shubert Research Center in Sunset Park holds more than 8,000 artifacts, 3,000 cubic feet of archival material, and 250,000 photographs. The Research Center and its holdings help the New York Transit Museum tell the stories of mass transportation – extraordinary engineering feats, workers who labored in the tunnels over 100 years ago, communities that were drastically transformed, and the ever-evolving technology, design, and ridership of a system that runs 24 hours a day, every day of the year. On this tour, join New York Transit Museum archivists to learn how they preserve objects and archival materials, and view items from the Museum's extensive collections.

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May 2019

Subway Sketch Night

Thursday, May 16 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Transit Museum, Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, United States
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$15 / $10 for Museum Members

Join us for an evening of drawing at the New York Transit Museum! Hosted by New York City-based illustrators, the evening will begin with an introduction and short discussion. Following the conversation, explore the Museum and draw inspiration from bygone days in our 1936 decommissioned subway station and vintage subway cars.

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What’s Old is New Again: Recent Acquisitions— Gallery Talk

Tuesday, May 21 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Transit Museum, Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, United States
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Free with Museum Admission

Join Curator Desiree Alden for a discussion of What’s Old is New Again: Recent Acquisitions, an exhibition that highlights a selection of these transit treasures which have been acquired over the last decade and are now part of the Transit Museum’s collection of documents, photographs, ephemera, and artifacts.

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June 2019

Walking Tour: Culver Line

Saturday, June 1 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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postcard of stop on Culver Line

2019 marks the centennial of the elevated Culver Line, currently the F train line in Brooklyn, which opened in 1919 between Ditmas Avenue and West 8th Street in Coney Island. Join transit historian and CUNY professor Andrew Sparberg on a walking tour to explore the rich and varied history of the Culver Line, with stops at four stations along its route: 9th Avenue, Ditmas Avenue, Kings Highway, and West 8th Street.  Learn interesting facts about the elevated surface tracks from 1875 that preceded it, and how the Culver Line got its name.

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26th Annual Bus Festival

Sunday, June 9 | 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Brooklyn Bridge Park, 11 Water Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
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Join us on Sunday, June 9th for our 26th annual Bus Festival at Brooklyn Bridge Park! See and step aboard buses from our vintage fleet, representing more than 80 years of New York City surface transit history. Enjoy special activities and photo ops, meet some of the bus drivers who help keep our city moving, and take in the view of the Manhattan skyline from Bridge Plaza underneath the Brooklyn Bridge at 11 Water Street! 

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Transit Walk: Brighton Line

Saturday, June 15 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$30/$25 for museum members
photograph of a stop along Brighton Line

Explore the rich history of New York City, past and present, one neighborhood at a time. Through the lens of transportation, discover new places, share stories, and connect with communities. Join Senior Museum Educator Katherine Reeves and travel through Brooklyn along the Brighton Line, a line built to carry New Yorkers from the city to the seaside of Brighton Beach. Starting at DeKalb Avenue and ending at Ocean Parkway, discover the art, infrastructure and communities along this historic transit route and consider its impact on the growth of a borough along the way.

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Navigating New York — Gallery Talk

Tuesday, June 25 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Transit Museum, Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, United States
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Free with Museum Admission

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. Indeed, mass transit helped make the greater New York region what it is today.

Join Curator Kathleen Hulser and Research Archivist Rebecca Haggerty for a gallery talk of Navigating New York, which draws on the New York Transit Museum’s collection, artistic renderings, historic maps, guidebooks and digital technology that refresh our view of the city and show how transportation has catalyzed its development.

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Subway Therapy: An Evening Discussion with Matthew “Levee” Chavez

Thursday, June 27 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Transit Museum, Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, United States
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$15 / $10 for Members

In New York City, there are certain moments when current events cause us to come together as a community to share and express ourselves. This was demonstrated when Matthew “Levee” Chavez launched “Subway Therapy” at the 14th Street–Union Square station. Originally conceived as a one-on-one conversation between artist and subway riders, the project blossomed and changed forms when Chavez provided sticky notes for strangers to use to express their feelings about the presidential election of 2016. This interactive installation encouraged New York’s commuters to share their thoughts freely, regardless of politics, creating dialogue and connection in one of the places familiar to all city dwellers: the subway

Join us for an evening discussion with Matthew Chavez who will talk about his process and what he has learned by engaging with thousands of people around the world through a project that began in the New York City subway system.

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July 2019

Inside the Archives: Collecting Transportation Stories

Thursday, July 25 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Transit Museum, Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, United States
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$15 / $10 for Members

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

Join New York Transit Museum archives and collections staff as they bring objects to life through an engaging presentation and discussion. Learn how the Museum acquires and preserves objects and archival materials, and view recent acquisitions in the current exhibition, What’s Old is New Again: Recent Acquisitions.

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Transit Walk: Brighton Line

Sunday, July 28 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$30/$25 for museum members
photograph of a stop along Brighton Line

Explore the rich history of New York City, past and present, one neighborhood at a time. Through the lens of transportation, discover new places, share stories, and connect with communities. Join Senior Museum Educator Katherine Reeves and travel through Brooklyn along the Brighton Line, a line built to carry New Yorkers from the city to the seaside of Brighton Beach. Starting at DeKalb Avenue and ending at Ocean Parkway, discover the art, infrastructure and communities along this historic transit route and consider its impact on the growth of a borough along the way.

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What’s Old is New Again: Recent Acquisitions— Gallery Talk

Tuesday, July 30 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Transit Museum, Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, United States
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Free with Museum Admission

Join Curator Desiree Alden for a discussion of What’s Old is New Again: Recent Acquisitions, an exhibition that highlights a selection of these transit treasures which have been acquired over the last decade and are now part of the Transit Museum’s collection of documents, photographs, ephemera, and artifacts.

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August 2019

Camp Catcha-Train: An Evening of Crafts and Summer Fun for Adults

Thursday, August 1 | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Transit Museum, Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, United States
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$15 / $10 for Members

The Transit Museum invites you to relive your adolescence underground for an adults-only evening of hands on crafts, scavenger hunts, and micro-tours of our collection. Ticket includes one beer. Event is 21+. 

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Nostalgia Ride: Remembering the Myrtle Avenue Elevated

Sunday, August 18 | 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
NY United States
$50 / $35 Museum Members

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Myrtle Avenue Elevated (El), we will venture along the El’s route, the current M and J lines. A major commuter train constructed to connect the residents of Ridgewood and surrounding communities to the business hubs of Downtown Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan, the Myrtle Avenue Elevated played an important role in accelerating the transition of the surrounding neighborhood from rural to urban life.  Our R1-9 cars and BU Gate cars will depart from Delancey/Essex Street in Manhattan, and will travel as far as 111th Street with a stop along the way for lunch on your own, and will return to Delancey/Essex street at 5 pm.

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