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 .