Archive for March, 2010

Brooklyn Museum Metrocard Deal

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Brooklyn Museum offers 2-for1 MetroCard® Deal in March & April

From March 1 to April 30 customers will receive 2-for-1 admission to the museum when they show their MetroCard at the Museum Admissions.

Of course, the admission price of “Suggested Contribution: $10” means that this one of those “pay what you want, we can’t force you” places, like many NYC museums, so…

South Ferry Terminal Archeology Exhibit Opens the Renovated Transit Museum Gallery Annex

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

A cool new exhibit will open along with the renovated New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex at Grand Central Terminal. See the press release and some photos below.

Where New York Began:
Archeology at the South Ferry Terminal

New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex
Grand Central Terminal
March 18-July 5, 2010

Construction in New York City is always complex, but it raises particular concerns when it cuts through the most archeologically rich section of town.  In February 2009 a new South Ferry subway station opened on the southernmost tip of Manhattan, a place where environmental, historical, and commercial interests collide.  In order to build the station, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) was required to conduct an archeological review and excavation.  This provided an extraordinary glimpse into the very place that the modern city has its roots, and the basis of an exciting new exhibit at the New York Transit MuseumWhere New York Began: Archeology at the South Ferry Terminal will be on view at the New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store from March 18-July 5, 2010.

In addition to unearthing portions of the city’s early infrastructure, excavations yielded over 65,000 artifacts, including ceramic sherds, shells, coins, tobacco pipes, and architectural materials.  These pieces document 400 years of city life and embody the cycle of building, razing, and rebuilding that is a hallmark of New York City.  Over 100 of these objects will be on view along with historic maps and photographs, and field images and video of the archeologists at work.

Canton Motif plate c. 1785 -1850

Lid c. 1795 - 1830

pipe 1880 - 1840

New York Transit Museum Grand Central Terminal Store Reopens

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Snazzy renovated Transit Museum Store at GCT

The New York Transit Museum store at Grand Central Terminal has reopened after its renovation. But the Gallery Annex is still closed (it is scheduled to reopen to the general public on or before March 18, 2010).

Attention Railfans: Photographing the DC Metro just got easier

Friday, March 5th, 2010

WMATA is replacing the 2.5 inch tall car number stickers on the subway car sides with new 5 inch tall car number stickers (as seen in the photo above). This will make identifying the car numbers of the subway cars you photograph much easier. Click HERE to see a photo of the old, small numbers below the operator’s cab window.

What more can you ask for? How about car number stickers ON THE FRONT OF THE CARS!?! The LIRR does it right (see below).

LIRR #7772 wears its number proudly - UP FRONT, where it belongs!

Google Maps Directions FAIL

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

I just encountered this mistake.

As always, verify that what Google tells you makes sense before you go driving off.

See it live:

Screen shot:

See it in Street View.