Yes, you read that right, The New York Transit Museum. You are probably thinking to yourself, “Have they been to all of the other museums in town and this is what’s left?” LOL, well no and believe me I was a bit hesitant as well when my husband made the suggestion last weekend. What caught his eye was a small blurb in our weekly Time Out magazine about an exhibit of record album covers shot in the subways of New York. Sounding a bit more interesting yet? How about the fact that the museum is in an old subway station and has vintage subway cars. It peeked my interest so off we went to Brooklyn in search of the Transit Museum.
We found the station entrance at Boerum Place in Brooklyn and down we went into the partially air conditioned subway station that is now the museum. Luckily we have been experiencing unseasonably cool weather for August and they had HUGE fans running to keep cooler air circulating.
We wound our way around looking for the album exhibit and passed these old turnstiles that were huge and made of wood.
We finally found the room which was relatively small and happened to be looping the extended play video of BAD by Michael Jackson. It was actually shot at that station! I don’t remember the video being so dark and scary but the little kids in there with their parents were getting creeped out.
I’d say there were about 30 covers on display.
We then wandered down between the old vintage subway cars. We admired the old rattan seats and the linoleum floors.
Some even had ceiling fans!
As we noticed the ceiling fans I’m also drawn to the ads running along the sides of the cars. Suddenly I am fascinated by these snapshots from the past.
Here’s the predecessor to “If you see something, say something”!!
Love the woman in this ad.
And here is Miss Subways, Sonia Dominguez. They stopped having a Miss Subways in 1976. She was the first Miss Subways from the Dominican Republic.
What started out as a big question mark of a day turned into a blast from the past in more ways than one. We caught our train home and started looking at what to do next weekend.