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PROGRAMS AND EXCURSIONS THROUGH AUGUST 2014

Explore with us! Learn about transit past and present, explore the new Fulton Center, and hop on our vintage cars for a Nostalgia Ride. Transit Museum members receive discounted tickets as well as the opportunity to make advance reservations and pay reduced member fees for coveted tours. The exclusive Members reservation period for May – August tours will begin at 9 am on April 9 and extends through April 10. Remaining tickets will be available to non-members on April 11. Become a member today.

Members – please see our FAQs for more information about your benefits

***Please note: Refunds are not available for ticketed programs. Should you be unable to attend, the full price of unused tickets may be treated as a donation to the Transit Museum and is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Tickets for Members Only tours are only available to current NYTM members. No refunds will be given to non-members who purchase tickets.

Programs are subject to change without notice. In the case of a program cancellation, the museum will issue a voucher equal to the dollar amount paid, valid for one year, redeemable for another scheduled program.***

PROGRAMS

Transit Museum programs explore the history, ingenuity, and inner workings of the transit system that is the lifeblood of our region. Unless otherwise noted, programs are free and take place at the Museum in Downtown Brooklyn.

PLATFORM

Thu, Apr 10, 6:30pm – 9:00pm – Tickets
New York Transit Museum
$10/$5 Museum Members

Inspired by the intricate choreography, engineering, and impromptu interactions of your daily commute? Looking for a public forum or a unique setting to present your transit related ideas? The Transit Museum is excited to announce PLATFORM, a new series of programs created by the public for the public. To kick off this new series, selected submissions will be presented at the Transit Museum on this date. Check our website for updates on how to submit a proposal. For all you urbanists, historians, artists, and makers – have an idea? We'll give you a PLATFORM.

WRITING WORKSHOP WITH NY WRITER'S COALITION

Every Wed, May 7 through June 11, 2pm – Tickets
New York Transit Museum

The Museum teams up with NY Writers Coalition to offer a 6-part series of intimate, creative writing workshops held in our vintage train cars, dating all the way back to 1903. Draw inspiration from bygone days, when air-conditioning was just a pipedream and straphangers actually had a strap to hang on to. All levels of writing experience are welcome and work will be written and shared in a supportive environment led by a workshop leader who is certified by New York Writers Coalition. Enrollment limited; please call 718-694-1867 to reserve.

THE ROUTES NOT TAKEN: AN EVENING WITH JOSEPH RASKIN

Tue, May 13, 6:30pm – Tickets
New York Transit Museum

Celebrate the subway's 110th anniversary by exploring parts of the system that never came to be. Independent scholar Joseph Raskin, author of The Routes Not Taken, will guide us through the fascinating history of the subway's unbuilt and unused tunnels and stations. It is a century-long saga of clashing political will, financial woes, community opposition, and dashed ambitions. Book available at the Transit Museum stores! $28.99/$26.10 Museum Members

THE METROCARD: AN ICONIC DESIGN TURNS TWENTY

Wed, May 21, 6:30pm – Tickets
New York Transit Museum

What makes a design iconic? Can something functional also be a work of art and an emblem of great design? This year marks the 20th anniversary of a design creation over 7 million people carry around in their pockets every day: the MetroCard. In this special program, members from the original design team, contemporary artists, and the MTA come together for one night to consider questions of the MetroCard's aesthetics, function, inspiration and ownership.

INSIDE THE ARCHIVES: GETTING TO THE WORLD'S FAIR

Wed, May 28, 6:30pm –Tickets
New York Transit Museum

Join Museum Archivist Carey Stumm in examining over 700 photos that document public events and transportation that helped move the masses on their way to the 1964 World's Fair in Flushing Meadows, Queens. This program highlights photographs and archival materials from the Museum's extensive permanent collection.

IN TRANSIT: A PRODUCTION OF THE MODERN-DAY GRIOT THEATRE COMPANY

Thur, June 5, 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm) – Tickets
Fri, June 6, 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm) – Tickets
$25/Ticket
New York Transit Museum

In this immersive theatrical performance six local playwrights will explore the inner lives of New Yorkers traveling through the city’s subway system. With the Museum’s vintage subway cars as the backdrop, these intimate performances will draw inspiration from past decades and provide an artistic interpretation of the personal lives of the anonymous passengers who ride the train every day.

THE RACE UNDERGROUND: BOSTON, NEW YORK, AND THE INCREDIBLE RIVALRY THAT BUILT AMERICA’S FIRST SUBWAY

Wed, July 23, 6:30pm – Tickets
New York Transit Museum

Join author Doug Most as he sheds light on the development of the first subways in the late 19th century and discusses his recent book, The Race Underground. A great American story of two rival American cities, their rich, powerful and sometimes corrupt interests, and an invention that changed the lives of millions – all set against the backdrop of the Museum’s own 1936 subway station. The event will include a reading and book signing. Book available at the Transit Museum stores! $27.99/$25.20 Museum Members

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OFFSITE TOURS/EXCURSIONS

TRANSIT WALK: LONG ISLAND CITY

Sun, April 26, 2pm – Tickets
$15/$10 Museum Members

Our always curious Museum Interpreters lead a series of Transit Walks through the boroughs, examining transportation one neighborhood at a time. This winter, head out to Long Island City to explore the intersection of three types of transportation — ferry, subway and railroad — and its historical impact on immigration patterns in this area including highlights of local architecture, public art, and the future East River Ferry developments at Hunter’s Point.

TRANSIT WALK: BAY RIDGE

Sun, June 14, 2pm – Tickets
$15/$10 Museum Members

Our always curious Museum Interpreters lead a series of Transit Walks through the Boroughs, examining transportation one neighborhood at a time. This Spring, head down to Bay Ridge for stunning views of the Verrazano Bridge – celebrating its 50th anniversary this year– and the deeper transit history of the BMT line extension and this Dutch neighborhood once known as "Yellow Hook."

THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN: OLD CITY HALL STATION **SOLD OUT***

**Members Only**
Sat, May 31, 1:30pm – Tickets
Sat, May 31, 3:30pm – Tickets
Sun, June 22, 11:30am – Tickets
Sun, June 22, 1:30pm – Tickets
Sun, June 22, 3:30pm – Tickets
$50 Museum Members Only

As a member of the Transit Museum you can have the rare opportunity of exploring this decommissioned subway station with its elegant chandeliers, leaded skylights, vaulted tile ceiling, and graceful curves. You will feel transported back to 1904, a time when the subway’s opening and the completion of this station marked a moment of great civic pride. Children must be 10+ to attend and accompanied by an adult at all times. To be admitted to this restricted site participants must sign a release and provide a copy of a government-issued ID.

TROLLY GHOSTS: THE TERMINAL UNDER DELANCEY

**Members Only**
Thurs, June 19, 6:30pm – Tickets
Tues, July 15, 6:30pm – Tickets
$50 Museum Members Only

Explore a buried relic of the streetcar era on this exclusive tour of the former Williamsburg Bridge Railway Terminal. Delancey Underground has proposed reclaiming this site as a subterranean park. Children must be 10+ to attend and accompanied by an adult at all times. To be admitted to this restricted site participants must sign a release and provide a copy of a government-issued ID.

THE CORBIN BUILDING: A PRESERVATION STORY

**Members Only**
Sun, June 29, 2pm – Tickets
Sat, July 19, 2pm – Tickets
$50 Museum Members Only

Join Preservation Architect Page Cowley and ARUP Project Manager Ian Buckley for a behind the scenes look at the beautifully restored Corbin Building, which is incorporated into the soon-to-be completed Fulton Center. It was the tallest commercial building in New York City when it was completed in 1889, and the recent restoration brought its terra cotta ornamentation, Guastavino tile ceilings, and exquisite interior details back to life. Learn about the building’s preservation story, the incredible engineering feat of stabilizing the building, and how it will be integrated into the thoroughly modern transit hub.

NOSTALGIA RIDES

PEACE THROUGH UNDERSTANDING: QUEENS WORLD’S FAIR SITE AND PARK

Sun, June 8, 11am – Tickets
$50/$25 Adult/Child
$35/$20 Adult /Child Museum Members

Hop on board our vintage "peace" train for a trip back to 1964 to discover the grounds of the third major World’s Fair held in Flushing Meadows, Queens. Take a walking tour through historic paths and mid-century modern architecture; stop in for a visit at the Queens Museum of Art to view the "Panorama of the City of New York"; and consider the “space age” and all that the iconic Unisphere stood for as you share a picnic in the park.

BEACH BOUND: CONEY ISLAND

Sat, July 12, 11am – Tickets
$50/$25 Adult/Child
$35/$20 Adult/Child Museum Members

Join us on the ever popular, boardwalk-bound Coney Island Nostalgia Train! Ride the 1930s R1/9 cars of the Independent Subway System above and below ground for a two-hour jaunt. Then visit Coney Island's beach-side amusement park, take a dip in the ocean, or stay on the train for additional rides.

TO THE ROCKAWAYS BY RAIL

Sun, Aug 3, 11am – Tickets
$50/$25 Adult/Child
$35/$20 Adult/Child Museum Members

Take a trip back in time to the Rockaways in this rare opportunity to ride on the Museum’s post-war fleet of cars. The ride will end at Rockaway Park, and from there you can soak in some sun and take a swim at the beach. At 4:30 pm passengers can board the train to travel back along the A line.

CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS

View the current Children's Calendar. For more information on these and other family programs please call 718-694-1792.

GENERAL MUSEUM INFORMATION

Other Notes on Museum Tours: Many of our tours take you behind the scenes to visit areas generally restricted to the public. In order for the Museum to obtain security clearance to bring you to these locations, you may be required to sign a visitor-release form and/or provide a copy of a government-issued ID which will be reviewed by the NYPD.

Unless otherwise noted, reservations and advance payment are required for all ticketed events. Tours are generally not appropriate for young children or babies in strollers. Children must be at least 10 years of age to attend a shop or substation tour, Trolley Ghosts, and Old City Hall.

Photography and video recording are usually permitted. Tripods and stands my not be used. All photographs taken are for personal use only. Permission to photograph may be revoked at any time.

Events and tours are subject to change without notice. In case of a program or reservation cancellation, the Museum will issue a voucher equal to the dollar amount paid; valid for one year; and redeemable for any other scheduled program.

Refunds are not available for ticketed programs. Should you be unable to attend, the full price of unused tickets may be treated as a donation to the Transit Museum and is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

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