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Vintage 1920 Subway Ride

1920 Subway Ride HBO
 HBO folks in prohibition era fashion are giving out free metro-cards at the 72nd Street subway station on the Upper West Side to promote season two of Martin Scorcese's Boardwalk Empire
An authentic vintage 1920’s train has been running on the express 2/3 track in Manhattan throughout September (specifically, from 12 to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays). I got to take the ride today.
1920 Subway Ride Uppwer West Sidse
Originally operated by the Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT) system, the train began operating in 1917
1920 Subway Ride HBO
The vintage train has been transporting New Yorker's back in time to the Prohibition era with authentic details such as rattan seats, ceiling fans and drop sash windows, as well as a custom branded interior featuring Boardwalk Empire-inspired period artwork.  
1920 NY subway ride #3The train created curiosity, making even the most jaded New Yorkers look like tourists as they took out their phones to snap pictures.
1920 Subway Ride Uppwer West Sidse
The train was crowded today at 5:30. 
1920 Express train zips past 86th Street
But they sure built them fast in 1917 because this train whizzed from 72nd Street to 96th Street.
1920 Vintage train courtest of MTA 
Great marketing and promotion from HBO, pulling out all the stops for Boardwak Empire.

For a preview of tonight's premier and past episodes: HBO Boardwalk Empire

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