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“History of the building of the New York subways”

New York Transit Museum
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Double Decker Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus and Times Square Dining Experience
Ranked #13 of 222 things to do in Brooklyn
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Owner description: The New York Transit Museum, one of the city's leading cultural institutions, is the largest museum in the United States devoted to urban public transportation history, and one of the premier institutions of its kind in the world. The Museum explores the development of the greater New York Metropolitan region through the presentations of exhibitions, tours, educational programs, and workshops dealing with the cultural, social, and technological history of public transportation. Since its inception over a quarter century ago, the Museum, housed in a historic 1936 IND subway station in Brooklyn Heights, has grown in scope and popularity. As custodian and interpreter of the region's extensive public transportation networks, the Museum strives to share, through its public programs, this rich and vibrant history with local, regional, and international audiences.
Palo Alto, California
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“History of the building of the New York subways”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

Makes one appreciate the labor and risk taken by the men who built this fine transportation system. This trip to NYC was one of visiting sites that told the importance of ordinary working folk in creating the vibrant city of today.

Visited May 2014
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Los Angeles, California
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“Interesting but doesn't blow you away”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014 via mobile

Good rainy day in Brooklyn activity, and certainly worth the very reasonable $7 adult admission cost. Many interesting exhibits, including the large collection of old train cars. It may not be my favorite museum ever but I enjoyed the approx two hours I spent here.

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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Nice visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2014

It was a short but a nice and fun city. We went there with a train lover so it was very enjoyable experience. Perfect to take the kids around.

Visited September 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Historical NYC - a trip through time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2014

Native NYer loves to share her hometown favorites: NY Transit Museum in Downtown Brooklyn.
It's heaven for train geeks and living history fans.

This museum is housed in a former Court Street subway station. Buy your ticket at the ancient "token" book and pass through long-retired turnstiles. Head straight downstairs to two tracks - where trains once rumbled either toward "The City", or deeper into Brooklyn - and enter the past. Subway cars of many generations - original through 1970s (but without the famous graffiti) wait for you to wander back through time. The artistry of the old vehicles (i.e., etched glass, hand woven wicker) & the reasonably accurate atmosphere (original lighting and historical maps and ads) are as close to time travel as you'll ever get. Back upstairs there are bus, commuter and photo exhibits to round out the experience. The gift shop is disappointingly expensive (for both NYers and visitors) but note that there's another shop location in Grand Central Terminal in midtown Manhattan, which is probably closer to your hotel.)

FYI, downtown Brooklyn is the epicenter of Brooklyn's history - as the first suburb, as a separate city, and then as a borough of NYC. Walking toward the East River and Manhattan beyond, you'll find the Brooklyn Bridge and ye olde village of Brooklyn Heights and the Promenade. Heading roughly parallel to the East River to Flatbush Avenue, you'll find Junior's Restaurant for NYC's favorite cheesecake, Barclay Center and Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Visited April 2014
1 Thank Ming A
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Brooklyn, Ny
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“A bit boring but great for photos. Nice to visit only if within Downtown Brooklyn”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

A bit of old time NYC public transportation history. You will enter a subway, board and view old subway cars. and learn their history. The lighting is poor but made to represent the lighting of the time. Museum store is expensive. If you NYC visit is for Photo taking, bring the camera. Shouldn't be high on your list but for picture taking, not bad. On average your probable visit is 45 min. long.

Visited July 2013
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