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February 2021

The MTA Artificial Reefing Program

Thursday, February 18 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Online
$10/ Free for Members
color image of a Redbird train being reefed

Last stop, bottom of the ocean! Between August 2001 and April 2010, MTA New York City Transit deployed more than 2,500 deaccessioned train cars to underwater locations off the coasts of New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia. Forming artificial reefs, the cleaned shells of these subway cars created a flourishing new habitat for varied sea life and improved nautical environments in areas of the ocean floor that were once barren deserts.   

Join us after-hours for a panel discussion with key individuals behind the Artificial Reefing Program: former Program Director, Michael Zacchea, and Robert Martore, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Artificial Reef Program Manager. Together, we will discover the intricacies behind this unprecedented recycling program that provided the historic fleet of Redbird trains with a new life under the sea.   

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Digital Discussion: Sixth Avenue Subway Construction

Saturday, February 20 | 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Online
$10/Free for Members
color image of a 1940 6th avenue opening sign

The Sixth Avenue Line is considered the most complicated and challenging project in New York City history, despite being only two-and-a-half miles long. As the last major mid-Manhattan subway route to be built, it had to be intricately threaded through earlier subway tunnels and other underground infrastructure. The Sixth Avenue Line originally opened in December 1940, and additional trackage was added in November 1967 as part of a larger project to integrate the IND and BMT systems.

 Join long-time Transit Museum volunteer, CUNY instructor, and historian Andrew Sparberg for a digital discussion on the history of the Sixth Avenue Line. Using images from the Transit Museum archives, we will take a virtual station-to-station ride along the line and discover unique and often-hidden engineering challenges that its builders had to overcome.

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Transit Tots

Tuesday, February 23 | 10:15 am - 10:30 am
Online
Free Online Program
Young transit enthusiast participating in art activity at the transit museum

Kids can kick-start their morning with Transit Tots on Tuesdays at 10:15am! Join Museum educators for songs, stories, and activities for our youngest transit fans.

Recommended for ages 2-5. This online edition of Transit Tots is available on our website at nytransitmuseum.org/TransitTots and on Facebook at facebook.com/nytransitmuseum.

 

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Digital Discussion: Navigating New York

Wednesday, February 24 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online
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: Take the Train to the Plane

Saturday, February 27 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online
Free Online Discussion
color image of the JFK Express emerging outdoors after leaving a tunnel

Over the years, public transit has evolved to transport millions of passengers to and from the Big Apple’s three major metropolitan airports – JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark Liberty. One example was the iconic JFK Express, which offered limited express service of the New York City subway between Midtown Manhattan and John F. Kennedy International Airport, and was advertised with the catchy phrase, "Take the Train to the Plane." 

Join Visitor Experience Facilitator Niko Goutakolis for a digital discussion to explore early aviation innovations, the construction of various public transit routes between NYC and its airports, and future projects that are on the horizon. 

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Fights for Transit Rights

Saturday, February 27 | 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Online
Free Online Program
Interior of Grand Central Terminal from the Main Concourse, with a view of the North Balcony. Commuters are standing and looking up at a film about Reverend Martin Luther King on the holiday which honors him

Everyone has the right to take a bus or ride the train in New York City, but that hasn’t always been the case.  Join us to hear some of our favorite stories about people who stood up for their right to take a seat, and then create your own social justice sign to put in your window or take to the streets to inspire positive change. 

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March 2021

New York City Transit x New York Nico

Thursday, March 4 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Online
Free
blue image of logos for NYCT and New York Nico

Starting February 12, you may hear a familiar voice on your subway or bus ride. New York City Transit has partnered with New York’s favorite Instagrammer, @NewYorkNico (Nicolas Heller), to create new subway and bus announcements featuring the voices of iconic New Yorkers. Celebrities, local legends, and unsung heroes (think: Jerry Seinfeld and NY1's Pat Kiernan) have been tapped for the project. Sarah Feinberg, New York City Transit interim president, hopes the initiative will boost morale as the MTA keeps our city moving during this unprecedented time.  

 Join Nicolas Heller and Transit Museum staff online for a look at public service announcements (PSAs) from the Museum's archives and learn more about this latest PSA project. Hear behind-the-scenes stories about how @NewYorkNico's social media followers helped finalize the list of icons, how announcements were recorded, and how the project came together to bring joy and a sense of New York pride to transit riders. 

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Digital Discussion: Women in Transit

Wednesday, March 10 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free Online Discussion

In celebration of Women's History Month, join Education Manager Polly Desjarlais for a digital discussion about women's roles in transit over the last century.

Learn about pioneering women in transit, including those who joined the Transit workforce during World War I, became Transit Police officers in the 1950s, and were the first female subway operators of the 1970s and 80s. Explore the stories of women who thrived in traditionally male-dominated fields and how these roles have changed over time. 

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Special Day Online

Saturday, March 13 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online
FREE
A boy and girl look at a computer screen showing the New York Transit Museum logo and a photo of inside the Museum.

Children with disabilities and their families are invited to join the New York Transit Museum online and enjoy transit-related activities and a virtual tour of our vintage train cars. All ages welcome.

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Digital Discussion: The 1 Train

Thursday, March 18 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online
Free Online Discussion
black and white image from 1925 of the Broadway and 242nd Street Station in the Bronx

The 1 train line, also known as the IRT Broadway-Seventh Avenue Local, makes local stops from South Ferry in Manhattan to 242nd St in the Bronx.  The deepest station in the New York City subway system, and the only remaining section of elevated subway track in Manhattan, can both be found along the 1 line. Construction occurred in two major sections: the first, part of New York’s original subway line, opened north of 42nd St between 1904 and 1908; the second was constructed south of 42nd St under the Dual Contracts and opened in 1918. 

Join Museum Educator Kate Lanceley for a digital discussion to explore the history of the 1 train line. Discover details about the line including its unique architectural features, various construction challenges, and interesting facts about the decommissioned South Ferry loop station. 

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Immigrant Architect: Rafael Guastavino and Subway Style

Saturday, March 20 | 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Online
Free Online Program

Have you ever seen an arched ceiling covered with tiles? If so, maybe it was designed by Spanish artist, architect, engineer, designer, musician, and visionary... Rafael Guastavino! He created the "Tile Arch System" which uses tiles to create strong arches and curved vaults, found in New York City in the Old City Hall subway station, Grand Central Terminal and Ellis Island. 

Join us for this special program with authors Berta de Miguel and Kent Diebolt, who will read sections of their beautiful children's book Immigrant Architect: Rafael Guastavino and the American Dream while illustrator Virginia Lorente shares her drawing process live on screen. Be inspired by the Guastavinos' and their big dream in this program for anyone ages 5 to 105! 

Free online program, for all ages

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The Evolution of PSAs with Poster House

Thursday, March 25 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Online
$10 / Free for Members
color image of an Oppy PSA about a clean city

Dating back to the 1870s, Public Service Announcements (PSAs) have been used to communicate messages to the public on a variety of topics.  Over the past 150 years, PSAs have ranged from calls to action to unite the public on war efforts, to messages conveying safety concerns when riding public transportation.  Many factors are considered when creating PSAs, including design and placement, for efficient and effective dissemination of information.

Join us after-hours with our Associate Curator, Jodi Shapiro, and the Chief Curator of Poster House, Angelina Lippert, as they explore a general history of PSA posters. Learn more about how PSA messaging has evolved since the late 1800s, how New York City’s buses and subways have functioned as places where PSAs communicate to straphangers, and what the future looks like for the medium.

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Digital Discussion – Tokens and Turnstiles: Subway Fare through Time

Saturday, March 27 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online
Free Online Discussion

Fare collection in New York City has changed significantly over time. From tickets, to nickels, to dimes, to tokens, to MetroCards, and into the future with OMNY, the way we have paid our fare to board public transit has been an evolving process.

Join Senior Education Coordinator, Cassie Wood-Triplett for a digital discussion focusing on the history of fare collection in New York City. Learn about the evolution from omnibus tickets to OMNY, how our city’s subway fare has always worked to be a fair price and what it means to be a one-fare system.

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Family Program: Future Engineers

Tuesday, March 30 | 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Online
Free Online Program
Cover of the book Rosie Revere, Engineer, by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts.

All aboard, future engineers!  Join us to hear a story about a young inventor who learns all about trial and error.  Then we’ll go on an imaginary journey into subway tunnel and pretend to be the workers who built it.   

Free online program, recommended for ages 4-7 

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Family Program – Granville T. Woods: Transit Innovator

Wednesday, March 31 | 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Online
Free Online Program
A drawn portrain of inventor Granville T. Woods, a Black man with a mustache wearing a suit.

Have you ever tried to come up with an idea to make something better? Transit inventions throughout history have changed how we travel. Discover the life and work of one inventor, 19th century engineer Granville T. Woods. Then, watch demonstrations led by Transit Museum staff to explore the science behind his innovations that helped public transit.

Free online program, recommended for ages 8-12  

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Digital Discussion – Manners Matter: Courtesy Campaigns

Wednesday, March 31 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Online
Free Online Discussion

Courtesy is a word that is increasingly becoming synonymous with expected behavior while riding public transportation. In New York City, courtesy campaigns have been implemented from the 1940s to the present day with the “Courtesy Counts!” campaign, in order to convince riders that manners matter.

Join Museum Educator Delia Ramos for a digital discussion about the evolution of courtesy campaigns in New York City’s subway system, and explore the various characters and catch phrases used in these campaigns. 

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April 2021

Family Program: Bridge-Building Challenge!

Thursday, April 1 | 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Online
Free Online Program
An aerial view of New York City featuring two bridges spanning the East River.

How can a bridge carry the weight of so many trains, buses, cars and trucks?  Join us to find out with fun bridge-building challenge!  Explore the different types of bridge construction by looking closely at a few iconic New York bridges.  Then, build a bridge out of materials you can find at home and see how much weight it can hold! 

Free online program, recommended for ages 7-12 

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Digital Discussion: Transit and Sports

Thursday, April 8 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 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!

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Virtual Educators’ Open House

Thursday, April 15 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free
Interior of BU vintage subway car
Join us online for a Virtual Educators’ Open House. Virtually walk the Museum's platform, check out our vintage trains, and learn more about our online tours and workshops for students. RSVP >
 
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Subway Social Club

Thursday, April 15 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Online
Free
color image of the pin for Subway Social Club

We have countless interactions with our fellow passengers on public transit, whether a glance about a shared experience, a shuffle to get into a seat, or the rare exchange of a few words. We might see the same person every day for years on our commute and feel like we know them but never speak, spot a long-lost friend for a spontaneous reunion, or even strike up a conversation with a stranger over a book.  Think back to some of your past subway rides: have you ever had an interesting conversation with another passenger or a made a connection with a stranger, even for a moment between stops?

Join us after-hours with Subway Social Club to virtually meet other strap-hangers and share some of your favorite public transit memories and stories. We’ll hear from the founder of Subway Social Club, Claire Feuer, and learn more about her organization and other projects that encourage meaningful interactions with others, even on the subway! 

Then we will settle in, have some time to write down our thoughts in response to a few prompts, and will spend the majority of the program in Zoom breakout rooms to meet one another and share our favorite transit recollections.

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