Vintage buses, special activities, and more at Brooklyn Bridge Park, 11 Water Street
Sunday, October 7th, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The New York Transit Museum’s vintage bus fleet is ready to roll to Brooklyn Bridge Park for the 25th Annual Bus Festival on Sunday, October 7th! Step aboard selections from the Museum’s vintage fleet representing more than 80 years of New York City surface transit history while you take in the view of the Manhattan skyline from our new location under the Brooklyn Bridge. Enjoy photos ops, hands-on activities, and meet some of the bus drivers who move our city! In a new location at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Bridge Plaza, this annual event is free and open to the public from 10am to 4pm.
One day only – don’t miss your stop!
Bus Festival guests can visit the New York Transit Museum Store tent for toys and transit merchandise, and the Museum’s membership table where you can learn about the Museum’s exhibits and programs, join or renew your membership, and even get a temporary transit tattoo!
Visitors of all ages are invited to stop by the Education Station to help build a large-scale, bus-friendly cityscape by designing a building or adding a bus stop. Community construction of the crafted city will close towards the end of the festival, when kids will get to play in our new city themselves, perhaps with a foldable bus model made at Bus Festival! At the end of the day, the crafted city will open up for play!
Some of this year’s special guests include:
Bus 1263 – In 1930, the Fifth Avenue Coach Company purchased 100 Yellow Coach “Z-type” double-decker buses. Bus 1263, also know as “Betsy,” was one of the 52 enclosed-top models in this order. In service until 1953, Bus 1263 was acquired by the Museum in 2004, and will be the oldest vehicle at the Bus Festival.
Bus 2969 – Bus 2969, known as the “Jackie Gleason Bus,” was one of the first 40-foot transit buses and was specifically designed for New York City in 1948. Bus 2969 features double-width front doors and was originally numbered bus 4789 before being renumbered to match the bus that the comedian was photographed in as Ralph Kramden in the classic television series, “The Honeymooners.”
Bus 3100 – A Fifth Avenue Coach Company prototype bus, this vehicle debuted in 1956 as one of the first air-conditioned transit buses nationwide. Designed and built as an experiment, the General Motors Model 5106 features a push-type rear exit door, wrap-around soft seating in the rear, and fluorescent lighting.
Bus 100 – This 1959 bus was among the first group of 190 buses that introduced the “New Look” or “Fishbowl” style to New York City. The style, which was developed by GMC in 1959 and prevailed until 1980, features a large bubble-shaped windshield, a single-piece destination sign, and parallelogram windows.
Bus 2185 – With its distinctive red, white and blue paint job, Brooklyn express coach Bus 2185 remains a symbol of New York City’s resilience. Bus 2185 was parked on Church Street across from the World Trade Center on September 11th. The bus was badly damaged by falling debris, but rather than scrap the vehicle, MTA New York City Transit restored the bus.
Some of the work vehicles to be on display include:
Tunnel Wrecker – Called “the Monster of the Tunnels,” this unusual emergency truck was specifically designed to move disabled vehicles in the Brooklyn-Battery and Queens-Midtown Tunnels. Almost square in shape, it could easily turn around inside a narrow tunnel and is equipped to tow everything from a compact car to a tractor-trailer.
Tunnel Wash Truck – This vehicle is used to wash the inside walls and ceiling at the Hugh L. Carey and Queens-Midtown Tunnels. A custom made body was designed to fit a GMC truck chassis to build this unique vehicle for MTA Bridges and Tunnels.
Bus Festival is a great opportunity to become a Transit Museum member or renew your membership. Join or renew during Bus Festival and receive a free gift from the New York Transit Museum Store!
NOTE: Vintage equipment on display is subject to change.
What: 25th Annual New York Transit Museum Bus Festival
When: Sunday, October 7th, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Bridge Plaza; 11 Water Street, Downtown Brooklyn
Admission: Free Admission
More Information: www.nytransitmuseum.org/BusFest