New York

You Could Own a Retired NYC Subway Car For $6,500

The Redbird car was officially retired in 2003.

Flickr/The All-Nite Images
Flickr/The All-Nite Images
Flickr/The All-Nite Images

If you’re a fan of DIY projects and have a few (thousand) dollars to spare, you could probably hop on this train-quite literally, too.

A vintage and retired Redbird subway car is now available for purchase, and the bid starts at only $6,500. Weighing 40 tons and seating 44 people, the car retired in 2003 and was previously used to transport New Yorkers to and from the 1964 World’s Fair, Gothamist reports.

In 2003, the Redbird fleet took a bow and was replaced with the stainless steel cars New Yorkers still ride today. The car that is now for sale, Redbird Car #9075, comes from Queens, where after retiring, it served as a tourist centre and a museum outside of Queens Borough Hall. Donovan Richards, Queens borough president, reportedly wants to make some changes at the Queens Borough Hall and decided to put the car up for auction. According to the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services, which is supervising the sale, this is “the last surviving” Redbird car.

The auction, which started on June 22, is now counting 14 bids, the lowest of which is $6,500. The highest bid is currently $15,100, and those interested in participating in the auction have until July 2. It is important to note, though, that the auction might be extended according to the website.

You can visit this website to participate in the auction and get all the information about it.

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New York

Get Free Citi Bike Passes This Weekend for the Return of NYC's Summer Streets

The annual car-free event kicks off on August 6.

Photo courtesy of Summer Streets
Photo courtesy of Summer Streets
Photo courtesy of Summer Streets

New York’s favorite car-free event is back.

On August 6 and for the next two consecutive Saturdays (August 13 and August 20), Summer Streets will take over Park Avenue for a day of arts, culture, and, most importantly, no cars from 7 am–1 pm. Aimed at encouraging New Yorkers to celebrate the city’s streets in a more sustainable way, the annual car-free event will welcome participants to run, walk, play, and even bike along the route.

For the occasion, Citi Bike will be giving away free day passes on the first day of the event, on August 6. By using the code SUMMER22 in the Citi Bike app, New Yorkers will receive unlimited 30-minute rides on a classic Citi Bike for 24 hours, and will be able to join the Summer Streets celebration while helping out the environment.

Summer Streets will stretch along Park Avenue between the Brooklyn Bridge and East Harlem, and along the route, it will feature several wind-down areas, dubbed “Rest Stops.” Free performances, events, and art installations will take place there, and visitors will get the chance to find their favorite rest stop to have some fun.

At the Lafayette Street Rest Stop, between Duane and Worth Streets, Unlimited Biking will be providing free bike rentals for those participating in the Summer Streets event. There will be 100 complimentary bikes at three rest stops along the way. At Foley Square, a Topo Chico Beverage Zone will take over on August 6, and guests will be able to enjoy a DJ set from 10 am–1 pm for a proper dance party. Visitors can also choose to head over to the Fitness Class Stage in Cooper Square (between Wanamaker Place and 8th Street), where fitness classes will be open to anyone looking to get some movement in.

Summer Streets is free for anyone to attend. For more information and to check out a full list of event and performances, you can visit the Summer Streets website.

Here’s a map of this year’s route:

Image courtesy of NYC DOT
Image courtesy of NYC DOT
Image courtesy of NYC DOT

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