You’d be hard-pressed to find a more enchanting place to spend the festive season than New York City. From the spectacular 94-foot Rockefeller Christmas tree to the elaborate store windows display and sparkling lights that fill every borough, being in the city in December feels like you’re in a movie.
But just in case the whole experience isn’t quite cinematic and magical enough for you, you can now take a step back in time and tour the city in Great Gatsby-esque style in a vintage NYC Subway car.
As part of the New York Transit Museum‘s Holiday Nostalgia Ride program, passengers will be able to travel the city in 1930s R1-9 train cars for just the price of a metro ticket. Offering some of the city’s best views, the nostalgic route snakes from 2nd Avenue to Harlem, making stops at Broadway, Washington Square, Herald Square, Bryant Park, Rockefeller Centre, 7th Avenue and Colombus Circle.
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The train cars were built back in 1932 by IND, NYC’s first subway company, and ran until the 1970s. With a Depression Era Art Deco aesthetic, the cars have been well preserved by the museum — passengers can still marvel at the iridescent light bulbs and kitsch advertisements from the time.
Bright yellow vintage buses will also be running from December 3 to 21, travelling both East Bound and West Bound along 42nd Street in Manhattan, as well as in Union Square and Herald Square.
You can learn more about The New York Transit Museum’s Nostalgia Ride program here. And if you are lucky enough to travel NYC for the holidays, don’t forget to pack your best top hat or flapper dress — you’ve got to look the part!
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Emma Norris is a Sydney-based freelance writer and the owner of copywriting business, contentinthecity.com and lifestyle blog, agirlinprogress.com. When she’s not playing with words, she’s either doing pushups or stuffing her face with pizza. There’s no in between. Emma was bitten by the travel bug at a young age, having lived in Canada and Ireland. You can follow her on Instagram @emmajanenorris.