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Old Yesterday, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Straddling two worlds
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I know this is corny, but because I "liked" their page on FB, it shows up in my news feed every once in a while.

Those of us who have AC are eternally grateful. Some of us are also getting cabin fever...so here's a small diversion .

https://www.nytransitmuseum.org/
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Old Yesterday, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I know this is corny, but because I "liked" their page on FB, it shows up in my news feed every once in a while.

Those of us who have AC are eternally grateful. Some of us are also getting cabin fever...so here's a small diversion .

https://www.nytransitmuseum.org/
Ha, Hannah, I've gone to the black-tie gala fundraiser for the NY Transit Museum for the past two years ($1200 a ticket, my employer paid, plus I get paid for going. Nice gig.) Of course they show videos of what they've got and what they do. I wouldn't mind going to the actual museum sometime.

The first time, the emcee had just gone to the museum and she came back with a bit of timely trivia.

Back at the end of the 19th century, there was money being spent for transit in NYC. Manhattan got the most money, and so they got elevated trains, but Brooklyn got surface transportation, meaning trolleys. They were pretty dangerous because they ran in the streets, and people got killed regularly.

Brooklyn's baseball team, which had already gone through a couple of name changes, took on the name Trolley Dodgers after this feature of what it was like to live in their borough.

Now they're in LA, but their name still reflects 1890s Brooklyn public transit.
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Old Yesterday, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Confines of the 101 Precinct
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Ha, Hannah, I've gone to the black-tie gala fundraiser for the NY Transit Museum for the past two years ($1200 a ticket, my employer paid, plus I get paid for going. Nice gig.) Of course they show videos of what they've got and what they do. I wouldn't mind going to the actual museum sometime.

The first time, the emcee had just gone to the museum and she came back with a bit of timely trivia.

Back at the end of the 19th century, there was money being spent for transit in NYC. Manhattan got the most money, and so they got elevated trains, but Brooklyn got surface transportation, meaning trolleys. They were pretty dangerous because they ran in the streets, and people got killed regularly.

Brooklyn's baseball team, which had already gone through a couple of name changes, took on the name Trolley Dodgers after this feature of what it was like to live in their borough.

Now they're in LA, but their name still reflects 1890s Brooklyn public transit.
Thats pretty interesting. So Brooklyn should have had a lot more els from the beginning.
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Old Yesterday, 01:47 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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The main museum in downtown Brooklyn is interesting with its collection of old traincars and its working connection to the rest of the subway network. I think they could probably do more to make parts of the space more inviting and it's a shame that when the city sold 110 Livingston Street that they didn't do it with arrangements to have a nice lobby and entrance for the museum.

I think it'd be fun to have a tiny annex aside from the GC one. I say build a new JMZ station right above and connecting to the Broadway G train station and then shutdown the much too closely spaced Hewes and Lorimer stations, but convert one into an annex highlighting the history of elevated lines.
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Old Yesterday, 04:09 PM
 
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I remember going to this museum after it first opened. It's been expanded a great deal several times.

It's one of my favorite museums, but it really makes me feel old.
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Old Today, 04:53 AM
 
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I took a visiting Australian friend there a few years ago. As she was educated as an engineer she really enjoyed this museum and I liked it as well.
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Old Today, 05:03 AM
 
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I went with my wife five years ago and I'll probably take my transportation-obsessed toddler son this summer as well.
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