Friday, December 25, 2009

Destinations: Catch the Vintage Train Dec 27th


Our pal Morey sends us word of a unique New York happening this Sunday, Dec 27th:

"The 1930s-era "Nostalgia Shoppers' Special" has been running intermittently along the V Line between Long Island City, Queens, and the Lower East Side on Sundays all this month. The train cars are all authentic from the era, and still run beautifully. They feature wicker seats, original lighting, bladed ceiling fans, and period advertising cards -- all literally museum pieces. Such a treat to see and so much fun to ride!

A bunch of us swing-era vintage enthusiasts decided it would be great to add to the atmosphere, with period clothing, music and dancing. FUN and FREE with MTA entrance!

This Sunday, gather on the Queens-bound platform of the 2nd Ave. V train between noon-1 p.m. Dress in your favorite '20s-'40s threads, dance to awesome swingin' LIVE jazz musicians, and strut for the many professional and amateur photographers out for a unique slice of city life.

Most of us will catch the train departing the platform around 1 or 2:30 p.m. (or both), ride out to Queens Plaza and back. (Queens folks, feel free to meet on the Queens Plaza platform closer to noon and join us in the LES for dancing and photos.) Allow a couple of hours for all the festivity.

The trains linger on the platform between departures (spaced between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.), so there's plenty of time for mingling and checking out other cars and all the people.

If you don't want to dress up, please come as you are! Don't miss this unusual opportunity to see a bit of New York history! See you there!

Here's the official 2009 news release, with fun facts:"

(Photo courtesy of Morey Kunin)

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