This summer, the New York Transit Museum is bringing back a fan-favorite tradition with their Summer Nostalgia Rides. New Yorkers will get the opportunity to climb aboard vintage trains that were transporting people around the city more than a century ago.
Three different Nostalgia Rides will be available this summer. The first will take you on a non-stop roundtrip journey from Lower Manhattan’s South Ferry Station (that hasn’t been open to the public since 2017) all the way up to the Bronx on Saturday, June 4th.
Before departure, riders will get to snap photos of the vintage IRT Lo-V built between 1916 and 1925 while they explore the station’s historical mosaics and terra cotta artwork that date back to 1905.
Additionally, their wildly popular beach bound trips will be available for all those looking to catch a little sun in addition to some history.
One route will travel on the 1930s R1-9 vintage train cars on Sunday, July 10th from Manhattan’s 96th Street-Second Avenue Station to the seaside destination of Coney Island. Riders will be able to hop off the train and enjoy all that Coney Island has to offer from its iconic boardwalk, amusement park rides, and of course, a Nathan’s hot dog. Guests will have the option to stay for a beach day or catch a return ride headed to 175th Street in Manhattan.
The second beach bound journey will end at the Rockaways on Saturday, August 13th, starting at the 96th Street-Second Avenue Station to Rockaway Park-Beach 116th Street. After taking a scenic trip from Manhattan to Queens, riders can splash around in the ocean while spending time at one of NYC’s best beaches. People can head back to the city that afternoon or choose to stay longer and find their own way home.
Tickets are now on sale for museum members and the public. Please note that masks must be worn within the trains and stations, regardless of vaccination status.
If you’re interested in hopping on one for a ride, find out more information here.