August 28, 2017

New York Transit Museum

Hello, everyone! Welcome back to my blog. Today's post is dedicated to an underrated museum in NYC. This past weekend I had the pleasure of going to the New York Transit Museum in Downtown Brooklyn and had a lot of fun taking pictures and learning a bit more of New York's Transit history throughout the years.

I really wish I would have vlogged my experience because every single train cart was interesting with their old advertisements as well as their dated subway maps. Each train cart represented a different decade throughout history and showed how each train evolved throughout the years. I love learning about the past and how things were back in the day. I remember using tokens to enter the subway when catching the F train at Church ave and have also seen the changes and new subway lines that have opened up in the past 20 years. 


The New York Transit Museum is opened Tuesday-Sunday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Tue-Fri) and 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Sat & Sun). Admission is only $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors. Admission is also free to MTA employees and active duty military personnel. This museum is easily accessible via the 4 (Borough Hall), F train (Jay St-Metro Tech) or the B57 bus (Smith St. & Livingston St.). Do not be fooled with the entrance to this museum as it is located in a decommissioned station where you will see a sign that reads "New York Transit Museum".

This museum is definitely worth a quick visit if you are in the area and want to learn more about the rich history of the transit system. Walking through the museum will probably only take you about 1.5 hours and never seems to be crowded. I was very excited to learn more about the Second Avenue Subway line and how long it took to finally be built. If you cannot get to Brooklyn, there is an annex gallery and store right inside Grand Central Terminal. 


        

There is something about these old trains that really make me wish that I have lived during these times. The design of trains have definitely changed from the beginning of the 1900's (see picture above) and it is interesting to see how it has drastically changed from the amount of standing space to the design of the seats.

Of course going through these old trains is not all you see and learn, you also learn about the aftermath of the 9/11 incident and how the transit system was impacted. You are able to read about the impact of Hurricane Sandy and how we are better prepared for next disasters. Learning about the working conditions and what workers had to endure while working underground just makes you appreciate your train ride even more. Cannot wait to see what train stop I will get off in my next adventure. Thanks to Daniel for taking these awesome pictures!


           








Xo- Jess


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