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December 2020

Transit Tots

December 29, 2020 | 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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Family Program: Cozy Winter Storytime

December 29, 2020 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online
Free Online Program
Child makes art at a table at home and smiles at a Museum educator on a computer screen.

Stay snuggled under the covers and join us in our cozy winter storytime, where New York Transit Museum Education staff will take turns sharing their favorite winter-themed stories with you online!

Free online program, recommended for ages 4-6.

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Family Program: Transit Museum Highlights for Kids

December 29, 2020 | 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Online
Free Online Program
Family of three children examining the interior of the Museum's vintage BU cars at a virtual party

Join Education staff for a virtual tour of our popular trains and exhibits. Listen to some of our favorite transit stories, play interactive games, and answer questions and chat with one another.  See you online at Court Street Station!      

Free online program, recommended for ages 6 and up.

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Family Program: The Great Blizzard of 1888 and the Science of Snow

December 30, 2020 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online
Free Online Program
A red subway signal covered in snow with subway tracks and a B train in the background.

New York City Transit runs year-round, and that means trains and buses must be able to keep moving through some very wintry weather.  Join us for this special snow-themed program to hear all about the Great Blizzard of 1888, discover how the MTA helps keep vehicles moving safely through snow and ice, and then make our own ice cream at home!  

Free online program, recommended for ages 5 and up.

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Family Program: Transit Museum Highlights for Kids

December 30, 2020 | 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Online
Free Online Program
Family of three children examining the interior of the Museum's vintage BU cars at a virtual party

Join Education staff for a virtual tour of our popular trains and exhibits. Listen to some of our favorite transit stories, play interactive games, and answer questions and chat with one another.  See you online at Court Street Station!      

Free online program, recommended for ages 6 and up.

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Transit Tots

December 31, 2020 | 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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January 2021

Transit Tots

Tuesday, January 5 | 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: The 20th Century Limited

Tuesday, January 5 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 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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Digital Discussion – Second Avenue Subway

Thursday, January 7 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online
Free Online Discussion

Discover how the Second Avenue Subway fits into New York’s past, present, and future transportation landscapes. First proposed in 1919 to rehabilitate the city’s existing transit system, phase one opened between 63rd and 96th streets in 2017. Learn about the multiple steps and massive amounts of backbreaking work needed to bring “the line that almost never was” to life. When completed, the route will run from Lower Manhattan to East Harlem with a connection to the Metro-North Railroad at 125th Street, improving transportation on the East Side of Manhattan and relieving congestion on the Lexington Avenue Line. 

Join Associate Curator Jodi Shapiro to explore the evolution of the Second Avenue Subway project, starting with the first proposal in 1919, to plans for expansion in the future.

Limited spots available! RSVP here >

Photo: Lonto-Watson Collection, New York Transit Museum.

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Transit Tots

Tuesday, January 12 | 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: Inside the Archives

Wednesday, January 13 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 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.

Limited spots available! RSVP here >

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Digital Discussion: A Historic Look at Court Street Station

Thursday, January 14 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Online
Free Online Discussion
1930s scene of Court Street in downtown Brooklyn

The New York Transit Museum has a fascinating and unique history. The former Court Street station in downtown Brooklyn, once home to the HH shuttle train, opened in 1936 but closed ten years later due to low ridership. Court Street station opened as the New York Transit Exhibition as part of the celebration of the United States bicentennial in 1976, and today is home to the New York Transit Museum, the largest museum in North America devoted to public transportation.

Join Visitor Experience Facilitator Niko Goutakolis for a digital discussion about the origin story of the New York Transit Museum and discover our 46-year history beneath the surface. 

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Digital Discussion: A History of Social Action in Transit

Saturday, January 16 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online
Free Online Discussion

Mass transportation has the ability to act as a great equalizer for the diverse population of New York City.  Knowing this, when faced with unsafe working conditions, unfair pay, or unequal opportunity and treatment, citizens have banded together and taken action to create safe and equitable work and travel for both transit employees and passengers. In addition, public transit has been used as a vehicle for social action throughout history.

Join Museum Educator Sonya Ochshorn for a digital discussion to explore the history of social movements and political activism connected to New York City Transit. Learn about labor strikes and civil rights movements led by New Yorkers to improve the lives of their communities.

Limited spots available! RSVP here >

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Family Program: The ABC’s of Civil Rights

Monday, January 18 | 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Online
Free Online Program
Kids and their families watch a video of an MTA snow thrower in a virtual family program on Zoom.

Join us to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., by reading a story about activism, learning about civil rights hero Elizabeth Jennings Graham and making collage art! 

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Family Program: The ABC’s of Civil Rights Copy

Monday, January 18 | 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Online
Free Online Program
Kids and their families watch a video of an MTA snow thrower in a virtual family program on Zoom.

Join us to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., by reading a story about activism, learning about civil rights hero Elizabeth Jennings Graham and making collage art! 

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Family Program: Fights for Transit Rights

Monday, January 18 | 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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Transit Tots

Tuesday, January 19 | 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: Subway Style

Tuesday, January 19 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online
Free Online Discussion
Sailing Ship Mosaic: South Ferry Loop Station (IRT Seventh Avenue Line), 1905; Courtesy of the New York Transit Museum Collection.

To celebrate the centennial of the opening of New York City’s subway in 1904, the New York Transit Museum produced the 2004 publication, Subway Style: 100 Years of Architecture and Design in the New York City Subway. From train interiors to architectural details of stations to the development of token and mosaic signage design, Subway Style showcased more than 250 extraordinary photographs from the Museum’s archives that chronicled New York’s unique subway style over the years.

 

Join Museum Educator Danaleah Schoenfuss for a digital discussion to explore the aesthetic movements that defined New York’s subway style. Learn about Heins and Lafarge’s ornate Beaux-Arts work, explore the Arts and Crafts Movement through the mosaics of Squire Vickers, discover how the Independent Subway Company ushered in a Machine Age era of design, and see how stations continue to evolve through sustainable and accessible design initiatives.

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Digital Discussion – Underground Heroes: New York Transit in the Comics

Thursday, January 21 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online
Free Online Discussion
black and white image of Newspaper Ad Council members installing comics on train car

New York City’s rich visual vernacular is a colorful setting for illustrated stories, so it comes as no surprise that our iconic transportation system has played a starring role in comics and graphic novels.  Over the years, artists have been inspired to place the stories of humans, superheroes, monsters, and more in the city's neighborhoods and on public transit.

Join Associate Curator Jodi Shapiro as we take a virtual ride through the recent exhibition, “Underground Heroes: New York Transit in the Comics”. Discover the ways that satirical cartoons, comic strips, and comic books by a range of visual storytellers have been used to bring the stories- and histories- of New York to life. 

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Virtual Educators’ Open House

Thursday, January 21 | 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 online resources for K-12 students and teachers, 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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