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October 2020

Digital Discussion – Manners Matter: Courtesy Campaigns

Friday, October 2 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 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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Transit Tots

Tuesday, October 6 | 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 and Thursdays 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 – Above and Below: Summertime Gallery with the New York Transit Museum

Wednesday, October 7 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Online
Free Online Discussion
color photograph of Coney Island's Wonder Wheel through a subway car window

Brooklyn-based artist Heydi De Los Santos has a deep and far reaching love for New York City’s public transportation system and the freedom it allows her and is an advocate for transportation that is accessible to all. Over the course of a month-long artist residency at Summertime Gallery in July 2020, De Los Santos, who works out of YAI Arts in Manhattan, took nearly 1,000 photographs as she visited 40 train stations, bus depots and train yards across the city. From East Harlem to Coney Island, De Los Santos documented trains moving through stations, transit workers who keep the system moving, and the city she observed on her travels.

Founded in May of 2019, Summertime Gallery is a nonprofit Art Studio and Gallery located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Summertime connects neurodiverse artists with the people and world around them. Join the New York Transit Museum and Summertime founders Sophia Cosmadopoulos and Anna Schechter for a digital discussion with Heydi De Los Santos about her work.

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Transit Tots

Thursday, October 8 | 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 and Thursdays 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: The 20th Century Limited

Friday, October 9 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online
Free Online Discussion
black and white interior image of a 20th century limited train

From the moment it first left New York’s Grand Central Terminal in 1902, the 20th Century Limited was heralded as the pride of The New York Central Railroad, and quickly became well known as the preferred mode of travel for the country’s tycoons, moguls, and show business luminaries. For sixty-five years, “The Century” provided express service to Chicago, offering opulent dining, and sleeping accommodations and a wide array of luxurious services, all while traveling at record breaking speeds. It has been celebrated in film, on the Broadway stage, in numerous publications, and was prominently featured in our exhibition, Grand by Design: A Centennial Celebration of Grand Central Terminal, which can still be enjoyed online.

Join Museum Educator Joe Hartman for a digital discussion about the illustrious history of the 20th Century Limited. Learn how it captured the country’s imagination, and how it shaped, and was shaped, by the ideals, aspirations, and prejudices of its time. 

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Transit Tots

Tuesday, October 13 | 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 and Thursdays 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: The History of Transportation on Roosevelt Island

Wednesday, October 14 | 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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Transit Tots

Thursday, October 15 | 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 and Thursdays 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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Virtual Educators’ Open House

Thursday, October 15 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free
Interior of BU vintage subway car
Join us online the third Thursday of each month for a Virtual Educators’ Open House to learn more our new online resources for K-12 students and teachers for the upcoming school year, including live educator-led virtual programs for students, lesson plans and  information for educators, and asynchronous resources including workshops, videos, and virtual walk throughs. RSVP >
 
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Open House New York Weekend: New York Transit Museum and The Evolution of Subway Car Design

Saturday, October 17 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online
Free Online Discussion
horizontal color image of Open House New York logo on green grass

The New York Transit Museum is housed in Court Street station, a decommissioned subway station in downtown Brooklyn. Court Street station is a typical IND station of the 1930s, consistent with aesthetics and design of other stations of its era, and as functional as any other two-track, stub-end IND terminal. It was built with grander plans for a future that never materialized, and as such was underutilized with just a few hundred riders per day for nearly the entirety of its service life. It was closed in the 1940s and remained so for 30 years until 1976 when it was chosen for the New York Transit Exhibit for the City's celebration of America's' bicentennial. The exhibit proved so popular that it never closed. The Museum's working platform level spans a full city block and is home to a rotating selection of twenty vintage subway and elevated cars dating back to 1907.

Join Education staff to learn about the history of Court Street station, virtually explore the Museum's platform level, and examine some of the most influential subway cars to have hit the New York City rails. 

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

Monday, October 19 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 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.

Registration for this digital discussion is hosted by Culture Pass. 

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Transit Tots

Tuesday, October 20 | 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 and Thursdays 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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Transit Tots

Thursday, October 22 | 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 and Thursdays 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: The 1 Train

Thursday, October 22 | 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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Family Program – Meet James “Smelly” Kelly

Thursday, October 22 | 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Online
Free Online Program

Discover the incredible story of Irish immigrant James Kelly as told by children’s author Beth Anderson in her new book “Smelly” Kelly and his Super Senses, and costumed interpreter Joe Hartman, who will offer a first-person glimpse into Kelly’s life and times.  “Smelly” Kelly earned his nickname by using his keen olfactory sense to help sniff out leaks and other potential dangers in New York City’s subway system.  Over the course of his career, it’s estimated that Kelly traveled almost 100,000 miles of track on foot and trained 60 assistants.  Join us to learn more about this hardworking, unusually talented and undersung hero of the New York City Subway! REGISTER >

Free online program.  Recommended for ages 5-12.

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Digital Discussion: Transit and Sports

Saturday, October 24 | 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 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.

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Transit Tots

Tuesday, October 27 | 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 and Thursdays 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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Subway Day Celebration: Old City Hall Virtual Experience

Tuesday, October 27 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online
$20/ $15 for Museum Members

In 1904, New York City’s very first subway ride left from the City Hall station amidst great civic pride. Designed by renowned architects Heins & LaFarge, the station featured innovative vaulted tile ceilings by master artisan Rafael Guastavino. Its elegant chandeliers, leaded skylights, and graceful curves inspired awe among visitors.

Join us online as we dive into the creation of the Interborough Rapid Transit Company, early subway construction, and the City Beautiful movement that led to that momentous day. In our new virtual experience, we'll look closely at the decorative flourishes of the decommissioned station with historic photographs from the Museum's collection, maps, architectural drawings, and photos of the station today.

In celebration of the Interborough Rapid Transit Company's opening day, October 27th, 1904, Education Manager Polly Desjarlais will guide us through the storied history of the station.

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Transit Tots

Thursday, October 29 | 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 and Thursdays 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: Spooky Transit Stories

Thursday, October 29 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online
Free Online Discussion
black and white image of crash test and first aid dummies by Pierre Pullis, no date

With a rich history spanning over 100 years of service, there are several stories set in the New York City subway system that are perfect for the Halloween season. Join Museum Educator Kasha Pazdar and dive into some of the spookiest tales this side of the subway tracks. From true stories to ghostly myths and legends, we will take you on a hair-raising journey through our transit system! 

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