Andrea F

Day 59: New York Transit Museum

In NYC, NYC Museums, things to do in NYC on July 29, 2009 at 6:02 pm


What to do on a rainy day? Take the train over to Brooklyn, walk a few blocks and head back downstairs at Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street to the New York Transit Museum, fittingly located underground. Though at first it may appear a place for children, where wanna-be conductors can sit behind the wheel, it’s actually a place for everyone, especially if you happen to be one of the 14.6 million that use New York’s massive transportation system regularly. With shiny new trains rolling along tracks these days, it’s easy to forget that once trolleys carried city folk to and fro. Study early drawings of New York’s bridges and photographs of what goes down in the money train, read the harrowing tales of workers who built the first subways and then weave in and out of preserved trains lined up on tracks yet another floor below. It’s not only a day out of the rain, but maybe the closest thing to traveling back in time to New York in the old days, long before Metrocards ever had a place in our wallets.


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