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July 2020

Changing Signs, Changing Times: A History of Wayfinding in Transit

Wednesday, July 8 | 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm
Free with Culture Pass

Join Associate Curator Jodi Shapiro for a digital discussion of our recent exhibit, Changing Signs, Changing Times: A History of Wayfinding in Transit. Together, we’ll explore the evolution of New York City transit signage through the years as it strives to convey information quickly, clearly and efficiently in a manner that is also pleasing to the eye.

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Digital Discussion – 188 Years of Commuter Railways: Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road

Friday, July 10 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online
Free Online Discussion
Hudson Line, Courtesy of MTA Metro-North Railroad, Photo by Frank English

Covering over 1,300 miles of track combined, the Metro-North and Long Island Railroads connect millions of commuters to New York City every day. Starting in 1832, the evolution of these railroads through construction and mergers eventually resulted in two of the most-used commuter rail systems in the United States. 

Join Museum Educator Sam Angelillo for a digital discussion on the fascinating history of two of New York City’s regional rails. Discover details of the mergers and companies that shaped them, and their ultimate importance in connecting New York City to its surrounding suburbs.

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Digital Discussion: The History of Transportation on Roosevelt Island

Saturday, July 11 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 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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Digital Discussion – Redbird Ramble

Tuesday, July 14 | 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
$10/Free for Members
color image of a Redbird train running on the 5 line

2020 marks the 60th anniversary of the introduction of the R26 subway cars, the first of the cars that came to be referred to as Redbirds. If you rode the subway between 1960 and 2003, chances are it was on a Redbird—they were on every numbered line and several lettered lines.

Join transit historian and CUNY professor Andrew Sparberg for a virtual Transit Walk where we will trace routes in Manhattan and the Bronx that the Redbirds served daily during their long history of transporting passengers. Traveling from 96th Street and Broadway in Manhattan up to Dyre Avenue in the Bronx on the 5 line, we will make virtual stops at significant stations and learn interesting facts about the various contracts that constructed the routes on which the mighty Redbird roared for over 40 years.

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Digital Discussion: Inside the Archives

Wednesday, July 15 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online
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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Digital Discussion: The Evolution of Subway Car Design

Thursday, July 16 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online
Free Online Discussion
black and white photo of a Worlds Fair train

One of the most fascinating elements of the New York City subway system’s 116-year history is the design of the train cars themselves. From the short-lived, opulent pneumatic train cars of the early 1870s to the colorful World’s Fair cars of the 1960s to the contemporary train cars we ride today; there has simply been no shortage of incredible train car design throughout the decades.

Join Visitor Experience Facilitator Niko Goutakolis for a digital discussion where we will examine some of the most influential subway cars and manufacturers to have hit the New York City rails. Explore the different eras of alluring subway car design and learn future plans for train car design in New York City.

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Digital Discussion: The Fifth Avenue Coach Company

Friday, July 17 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online
Free Online Discussion

Long before subways transported straphangers across the city, street level transportation dominated. Throughout the 1800s, several omnibus and horsecar companies competed for line rights and access to technological innovations. Unique among them was the Fifth Avenue Coach Company, who, despite being barred from laying trolley tracks along the fashionable two-way thoroughfare it is named for, emerged as a leader in motorbus transportation.

Join Educator Sonya Ochshorn for a digital discussion that explores the history of the Fifth Avenue Coach Company from horse-drawn Omnibuses to early motorbuses. Discover how the Fifth Avenue Coach Company overcame financial and legal difficulties and eventually became well known for their double decker models.

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Digital Discussion: Take the A Train!

Monday, July 20 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online
Free Online Discussion

In 1932 the A train, known then as the 8th Avenue System, opened as a 12-mile subway line from 207th Street in Upper Manhattan to Chambers St in Lower Manhattan. Constructed by the city-owned Independent Subway System (IND), by the 1950s the line had grown to be the longest line in the New York City subway system, running 31 miles across three boroughs and traversing diverse communities along the way. It is also known for having been immortalized in Billy Strayhorn’s song ‘Take the A Train’, a song which has become a celebration of the subway itself.

Join Museum Educator Kate Lanceley for a digital discussion that will explore the history of the A train line. Discover unique features of the line and the history of its construction, including the individuals who helped build it and stories about some of the communities it serves.

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