START SPREADING THE NEWS – NEW YORK CITY . – A VISIT TO THE NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT MUSEUM .

You  and  your  cousins  are  on  your  way  to  a museum  that  you  didn’t  even  know  existed .

The  three  of  you  are  on  your  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  New  York  City  and  since  this  city  has  every  kind  of  museum  under  the  sun ,  it’s  not  surprising  that  there’s  a  museum  all  about  the  New  York  City  Transit  system .

Your  concierge  suggested  that  since  the  three  of  you  have  taken  subways  everywhere  while  you’ve  been  in  New  York  City ,  you  might  as  well  visit  the  New  York  City  Transit  Museum ,  which  is  located  in  Brooklyn .

The  three  of  you  get  off  at  the  Hoyt  Schermerhorn  train  station .

It  must  be  a  major  train  station  in  Brooklyn ,  because  the  three  of  you  aren’t  the  only  ones  getting  off  the  train .

As  the  three  of  you  are  walking ,  one  of  your  cousins  wants  to  know  how  will  you  all  know  where  this  place  is  because  all  of  the  buildings  seem  to  look  alike  to her  .

The  three  of  you  see  what  looks  like  a subway  station .

It  was  at  one  time ,  but  now  it’s  the  next  destination  on  your  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  New  York  City  –  the  New  York  City  Transit  Museum .

The  information  booth  where  the  three  of  you  pay  your  admission  fare  is  an  old  token  booth .

Tokens  were  once  used  to  pay  your  fare  in  the  subways  before  the  Metro  Card  came  into  use  in  1997 .

The  first  thing  the  three  of  you  notice  are  the  old  turnstiles  in  which  passengers  would  enter  after  paying  their  fare .

One  of  your  cousins  notices  a  turnstile  that  says  the  fare  was  only  a  nickel .

You’re  surprised  to  learn  that  the  city  didn’t  have  an  underground  subway  until  1904 .

Until  then ,  all  New  York  City  subways  were  above  ground ,  elevated .

There’s  a  few  hands-on  exhibit ,  one  of  which  is  an  exhibit  on  how  the  subways  will  built .

This  exhibit  asks  you  to  try  to  lift  up  one  of  the  two  wheelbarrows  full  of  rocks .

One  wheelbarrow  has  50  pounds  full  of  rocks ,  the other  25  pounds .

Needless  to  say ,  none  of  you  can  lift  up  EITHER  ONE .

The  three  of  you  move  onto  an  exhibit  called  ”  Bringing  Back  The  City . ” ,  which  tells  how  the  city  and  New  York  City  Mass  Transit  responded  to  blackouts ,  snowstorms ,  Hurricanes  Irene  and  Sandy ,  and  especially  September  11th .

The  three  of  you  are  mesmerized  by  one  particular  area  of  the  exhibit .

It  shows  what  seems  to  be  a  control  room  in the  Cortlandt  Street  Subway  station  on  September  11th .

The  clock  stopped  at  the  time  that  the  first  plane  hit  the  Towers .

You  all  notice  a  traffic  sign  on  one  of  the  pictures .

It says  :

”  New  York  City  is  closed  to  ALL  TRAFFIC . ”

You  all  say  nothing  but  move  onto  the  section  with  the  trolley  cars ,  which  is  what  everyone  took  before  the  New  York  City  buses  came  around .

You  were  surprised  to  learn  that  at  one  time  people  got  to  Coney  Island  by  a  ferry  boat  and  not  by  a  subway ,  like  they  do  now .

The  three  of  you  are  like  kids  in  a  candy  store  just  looking  at  all  these  different  modes  of  transportation .

As  the  three  of  you  head  to  the  lower  level  of  the  museum ,  it  seems  as  though  the  best  is  yet  to  come .

Right  in  front  of  the  three  of  you  were  the  old  and  somewhat  new  subway  cars .

You  couldn’t  believe  how  clean  these  old  subway  cars  were  compared  to  some  of  the  subway  cars  the  three  of  you  had  seen  since  you  arrived  in  New  York  City .

This  was  once  the  Court  Street  Subway  Station  and  the  three  of  you  are  very  happy  that  the  concierge  at  your  hotel  suggested  that  you  visit  this  museum .

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