Although the Transit Museum in Brooklyn is known for its collection of subway cars, it also has quite a collection of historical buses as well. Every year the museum has a Bus Festival to show off that collection, in conjunction with the Atlantic Antic, Brooklyn’s largest street fair. Admission to the event is completely free to see the buses and the museum. The festival runs from 10 AM until 6 PM this Sunday. I won’t be attending this year, but last year’s festival was really great and I highly recommend it!
So this weekend was pretty interesting… and rather busy. I was in the city both Saturday and Sunday, and thankfully at least one of the days wasn’t terrible weather-wise. Saturday started out with me, rather embarrassingly, getting chased by a security guard at the Nintendo Store. When he finally caught up with me, he demanded, “Where are your parents?” Apparently he thought I looked around 15 years of age, and people under 18 need to have a parent present. Of course this has never been a problem every other darn time I’ve been at the store… but I suppose the guard did feel like an ass when I told him that I’m actually turning 25 next week. All of my older friends tell me I should be enjoying this… but getting asked if I want a kids’ menu, asked if I am here visiting my parents on my first day at a new job, and such does tend to be rather annoying.
Thankfully, that event was not the highlight of the weekend. I had a pretty awesome time today at the Transit Museum’s Bus Festival, and the Atlantic Antic. Honestly before today I was unaware what the Atlantic Antic even was, and I must say I was totally surprised about how massive it was… and the amazing amount of people that were there. And the bus festival itself certainly had a major turnout of people, and the weather was great for it.
I suppose it took a little longer to get down there than I had originally anticipated, with delightful weekend subway service changes, but it wasn’t too bad.
Though apparently other people were less than thrilled
About a block from the museum the road was closed off to traffic, and the museum’s bus fleet was parked along both sides of the street. There were old buses, as well as more current versions. There was a tent for children to make and decorate their own little buses, and a table on which they could drive their creations. I swear I don’t think I’ve seen quite so many “mini-railfans” all in one place before… A child, who couldn’t have been more than five years old, pushed his bus/train while announcing, “This is a Brooklyn-bound Two Train! Stand clear of the closing doors!” I couldn’t help but laugh at that.
All in all I think it was a pretty great day, and though I probably could write a lot more, I should be sleeping and not blogging… back to work tomorrow! Anyways, enjoy a bunch of pictures that I took today…
My name is Emily, though I am known by many who ride the train simply as Cat Girl, for the hats I customarily wear during the winter time. I am a graphic designer, a former Metro North commuter and lifelong Harlem Line rider. This site is a collection of my usually train-related thoughts, observations, photographs, and travels, as well as my never-ending hunt for intriguing historical artifacts.