Every year, the MTA gets all misty around the holidays and runs a few vintage train cars. This year, the first four Sundays in December, you can ride the “Nostalgia Special” from Lower Manhattan to Queens on the M line.
There is also, this coming Sunday, a vintage subway dance party on the platform of the 2nd Avenue station from 11:45 to 6 p.m. It’s organized by enthusiasts of ’30s-era dances, like Lindy Hop and Balboa, which, according to Vanity Fair, are cool again. There will be music on the trains and dancing on the platform. The organizers say:
I just love the faces on people boarding what they think are “normal” subway cars, and see the old trains with wicker seats, fans, advertisements and a car full of people in period dress and bands playing great old tunes. (If you don’t have anything vintage, just be creative! The photographers come out in force for this! Give them something exciting to look at!)
There will be two to three bands playing on this platform at the same time. Before the train leaves for its round trip to Queens, at least one band will board the train and play for the entire trip. Another band will then take up a spot on the platform. So there will be music on the trains and platform all afternoon!
There is the danger of dancing right off the subway platform, but, eh, it’s worth it. Maybe bring a vintage collapsible ladder just to be safe.
If you’re not in New York, you can look for the tag “NYCVINTAGETRAIN2013” on all your favorite social media sites to check out the scene.
Vintage Subway Swing, Balboa, Charleston and Blues Party 2013, Michael Ingbar and Amy Winn.