For many, the New York Transit Museum‘s Holiday Nostalgia Rides may be just the ticket that makes the holidays the most wonderful time of year. The fleet of vintage New York City subway cars from the 1930s has been running every Sunday in December, with the last opportunity this year on December 27th. The New York Transit Museum has eight of the IND line R1/9 cars, dubbed the “Shoppers Special,” running along the 6th Avenue line during this years annual Nostalgia Ride, as well as a newly renovated 1928 BMT D-Type Triplex car that is stationed as a pop-up shop at the Second Avenue station.
Screenshot from “The Blowing Bowler” (2015)
A new stop-motion animated short film by Chris Sickels will depict the development and history of the New York City’s subway car design at Fulton Center, presented by MTA Arts & Design. The short, The Blowing Bowler, follows a man as he chases after his wind-tossed bowler hat in a subway. While pursuing the hat, “a progression of subway cars rolls by representing designs from the Beach Pneumatic Transit Company (1870s), Interborough Rapid Transit Company (1910s), a second generation R-10 car (1940s), a R-15 car (1950s), a car from the 1970s State of the Art Car Program (SOAC), and a more recent R-188 subway car (2013).”
What we love about old cities like London are the many fascinating discoveries that are literally beneath the surface of the streets. The London Underground subway system or the Tube, as its popularly called, is no exception. The team from London Pass has put together this great infographic with fun facts and history. Here are some highlights:
Long Island City may become home to one of NYC’s quirkiest new parks. The MTA has recently released a Request for Expressions of Interest for the adaptive reuse of a set of disused train tracks that runs Skillman Avenue to Dutch Kills (a short waterway off Newtown Creek).
Late at night and on weekends, the MTA stores a significant number of subway trains underground. Some of these trains are parked in dedicated underground subway yards, while others are stored on express tracks and tracks that were originally built as part of subway routes that were never completed. As a follow-up to our previous article on where New York City’s wheels and hooves go at night, here are seven below-ground overnight homes for the city’s subway cars.
New York subway stations, active and abandoned, are endlessly fascinating. They produce a unique cultural enclave that define New York as a whole. At Untapped Cities, we’ve tried to dissect various aspects of the subway to understand “what it all means.” We’ve asked questions like, “why are the bathrooms in the subway locked?” or “how did the subway lines get their colors?” But, perhaps, the key to unlocking “the truth” behind what makes subway stations such an enigmatic part of New York’s identity isn’t by looking at them through a micro lens, but through a macro lens, as the recent filmmakers from Snowday recently did in their video Stations: A Quick Scan Through NYC.