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New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn Heights, NY



New York Transit Museum

The New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn Heights is a place of pilgrimage for those with an interest in mass transportation. Founded in 1976, it has since grown into one of NYC’s most popular tourist attractions and houses some truly incredible artifacts from over 100 years ago that will astound you.


From incredible engines like steam-powered trains or diesel buses to workers who labored below ground over 100 years ago; from communities transformed by massive construction projects all across city lines every day--the museum captures it all. The transit museum was founded with a simple goal: preserve NYC's rich history through storytelling about how we got here today so future generations can learn its lessons too.


The museum is a great place to experience what life was like for people who lived decades ago. You can board vintage cars, sit at the wheel of one and feel as though you were back in time! Next stop: The turnstiles; they take us all through history with their changing exhibits on mass transit throughout different eras - there isn't much more exciting than this!


If you want to learn about New York transit history, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has a museum for you. The Friends of NY Transit Museum is an organization that supports and raises funds in order to promote their programs as well as operate efficiently with all donations going towards this cause.

Friends Of The MTA, an organization with 501c3 status was established in 1995 to promote and raise funds for its operations and programs across the museums.


The Court Street station was closed for years, but it never stopped being used. Trains would travel back and forth between this abandoned station in lower Manhattan and the outside world without any humans aboard to maintain all those shining rails. When New York City Transit Authority tested their new cleaning process on Court Street in March 1960? The stained walls were gone after just one day of work done by these dedicated rail workers that go about keeping NYC looking good.


The station was also used a set for movies: 3 years after its closing in 1949, the historic train station made an appearance on film when it served as one of New York City's many locations. In 1956 alone there are two examples - Guilty Bystander and The FBI Story posing as Bowling Green Station while filming took place here too. And most notably the 1974 film The Taking of Pelham One Two Three.




Center for Brooklyn History


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