Own a Piece of History: New York Subway Memorabilia

Own a Piece of History: New York Subway Memorabilia

Geoff Bentz
Nov 30, 2009

The New York MTA just announced a new program in which items from retired subway cars will be available for purchase — and everything must go. Collectibles include station signs, maps, vintage tokens, lighting fixtures, seating and even the doors.

Ride over to New York City Transit for more items, and keep in mind the inventory is updated monthly. What's more, prices aren't too crazy. Maps run about $150. You can buy a set of passenger doors for $175 — think about walking through these into your kitchen? Globes are about $150 — perhaps a hallway light fixture? And pick up a subway pole for just $25 (let your imagination run wild).

And if you're having trouble finding that perfect piece, the 1st photo comes courtesy of Underground Signs, a company that replicates NYC subway signs with custom lettering. Visit them at the Brooklyn Flea currently being held in Manhattan at the corner of 4th Street and Lafayette during weekends in December.

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