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July 2020

CANCELED: Virtual Transit Trivia

Tuesday, July 21 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online
$10 per person per installment
Transit Trivia Night in subway route indicator type bubbles

Join the New York Transit Museum and Trivia Masters Chris Kelley and Stuart Post for our first ever Transit Trivia Summer League and test your knowledge of all things NYC transit!  You’ll have four chances to join the fun - sign up for one, a few, or all four dates to be in the running to be crowned League champions! 

JULY 21st, 2020 >

JULY 28th, 2020 >

AUGUST 4th, 2020 >

AUGUST 11th, 2020 > 

 

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Transit Tots

Thursday, July 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 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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Journey to the Past – NYC and Transit History

Thursday, July 23 | 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Free with Culture Pass
Three children standing in a token booth face the camera smiling in front of a backdrop that features subway tokens

Check out the New York Transit Museum’s unique space with a virtual, kid-friendly tour! Learn about life, work, science, and transportation throughout New York City's past and present. Explore the Museum’s vintage train collection and learn about the history of transportation through discussion and storytelling.

Registration for this digital discussion is hosted by Culture Pass. 

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ADA 30 – The Evolution of Subway Cars and Buses: Design for Accessibility

Friday, July 24 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Online
Free Online Discussion
Interior of BU vintage subway car

Subway and surface transit vehicles have done through many design changes over the years. Updates have occurred for a variety of reasons including accessibility, safety, comfort, and capacity. Join New York Transit Museum Education Staff Niko Goutakolis for a virtual walkthrough of some of the Museum’s iconic subway cars and buses for an inside look at our vintage fleet. Staff from New York City Transit will then showcase contemporary subway car and bus vehicle design and highlight recent innovations that have increased accessibility for riders.

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Transit Tots

Tuesday, July 28 | 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 – Minutes to Midtown: Long Island City

Tuesday, July 28 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online
Free Online Discussion

The construction of the Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT) Flushing line, originally known as the Corona Line but known to most as the 7 train, sparked a real estate boom that transformed the mostly rural areas of Queens into vibrant neighborhoods- even prior to its opening in 1915. One of these neighborhoods, Long Island City, began, like most of Queens, as a collection of farms. The political and financial backing that came with Queens’ consolidation into New York City in 1898 supported long-imagined and much-needed infrastructure projects, such as the opening of the Queensboro Bridge in 1909 and of the Steinway Tunnels in 1915.

Join Associate Curator Jodi Shapiro for a digital discussion tracing more than 100 years of history of the first subway line in Queens. Together, we will explore the impact of the IRT Flushing Line on the development of the Long Island City, Queens and highlight its key role in the economic and social development of New York City.

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CANCELED: Virtual Transit Trivia

Tuesday, July 28 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online
$10 per person per installment
Transit Trivia Night in subway route indicator type bubbles

Join the New York Transit Museum and Trivia Masters Chris Kelley and Stuart Post for our first ever Transit Trivia Summer League and test your knowledge of all things NYC transit! You’ll have four chances to join the fun - sign up for one, a few, or all four dates to be in the running to be crowned League champions! 

JULY 21st, 2020 >

JULY 28th, 2020 >

AUGUST 4th, 2020 >

AUGUST 11th, 2020 > 

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ADA 30 – New York City Transit: Station Accessibility Past and Present

Wednesday, July 29 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online
Free Online Discussion
vintage black and white photo of a crowd at the Times Square - 42nd Street Station

New York City Transit is working to make the subway system more accessible for riders with all types of disabilities.  From elevators and ramps, to new technology and wayfinding innovations, hear more about some of the station upgrades and pilot programs undertaken in recent years for increased accessibility. Join MTA Chief Engineer Matt Best and New York Transit Museum’s Collections Manager Desiree Alden-Gonzalez for a look at upgrades made in several stations over time.  View historic station photographs from the Museum’s collection and take a deep dive into the important work undertaken to make these stations accessible in recent years.

Limited spots available! RSVP here >

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Transit Tots

Thursday, July 30 | 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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August 2020

Transit Tots

Tuesday, August 4 | 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: Traversing the City – Bridges

Tuesday, August 4 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online
Free Online Discussion
black and white aerial image of the Brooklyn Bridge

Picture the New York City landscape. The first images that often come to mind are the majestic structures that connect our boroughs: bridges. 

Join Museum Educator Kasha Pazdar for a digital discussion of the iconic bridges that traverse our city, such as the Brooklyn, Queensboro, and Williamsburg Bridges. Discover the extraordinary details of their construction and how they drastically transformed life in New York City.

Limited spots available! RSVP here >

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CANCELED: Virtual Transit Trivia

Tuesday, August 4 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online
$10 per person per installment
Transit Trivia Night in subway route indicator type bubbles

Join the New York Transit Museum and Trivia Masters Chris Kelley and Stuart Post for our first ever Transit Trivia Summer League and test your knowledge of all things NYC transit! You’ll have four chances to join the fun - sign up for one, a few, or all four dates to be in the running to be crowned League champions! 

JULY 21st, 2020 >

JULY 28th, 2020 >

AUGUST 4th, 2020 >

AUGUST 11th, 2020 > 

 

Find out more »

Transit Tots

Thursday, August 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: The City Beautiful Movement

Thursday, August 6 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online
Free Online Discussion
black and white photo of the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, 1893

Debuted at The World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, The City Beautiful movement flourished during the 1890s and 1900s, revolutionizing urban planning in select American cities. Guided by the belief that beautification and grandeur in city design should encourage civic pride and engagement, architects, artists, and city planners worked together to beautify and uplift urban neighborhoods. In New York City, prominent individuals such as William Barclay Parsons, George Heins and Christopher Lafarge set about designing a transit system that was both functional and embodied the ideals of the movement. 

Join Museum Educator Danaleah Schoenfuss for a digital discussion about the impact of the City Beautiful movement on New York’s transportation systems. Learn about the evolution of the movement and discover the magnificent art and architecture that adorn the city’s transportation hubs.

Limited spots available! RSVP here >

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

Saturday, August 8 | 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 the Long Island Rail Road 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.

Limited spots available! RSVP here >

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Transit Tots

Tuesday, August 11 | 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: Processing the Museum’s Archives

Tuesday, August 11 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online
$10/ Free for Museum Members
color photo of vintage bus transfers

Archival collections in museums can include documents about an institution's history, collections, and exhibitions. With approximately fifty archival collections acquired each year, the New York Transit Museum's Collections Committee makes decisions about what to collect. From there, the Archives team determines the order and timeframe for processing, as well as research and conservation needs. Once a collection has been acquired, Processing Archivists work to make the materials accessible through finding aids, catalogs, public programs, and exhibitions.

Join New York Transit Museum Processing Archivist Katherine Sorresso for an inside look at what goes into working in a museum archive and explore the details of processing a collection at the New York Transit Museum.

Limited spots available! RSVP here >

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Digital Discussion: Take the A Train!

Wednesday, August 12 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online
Free Online Discussion

Constructed by the city-owned Independent Subway System (IND), the A train, known then as the 8th Avenue System, opened in 1932 as a 12-mile subway line running from 207th Street in Upper Manhattan to Chambers St in Lower Manhattan. 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.

Limited spots available! RSVP here >

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Transit Tots

Thursday, August 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 Fifth Avenue Coach Company

Friday, August 14 | 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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