Recap: Vintage Peacock Party on the Holiday Nostalgia Subway Trains
The Holiday Nostalgia subway train was back this past weekend, and its appearance brought an enthusiastic crowd of swing dancers, musicians and vintage fashionistas with it.Matt Levy, of Levy’s Unique New York tours (who, aside from putting together fantastic NYC tours, can also boast one of the city’s best mustaches), hosted this year’s Vintage Peacock Party on the vintage NYC subway trains, in association with NYC Balboa Club and NYC Swing Dancing Club. All you needed was one swipe with a Metrocard to get access to the 2nd Avenue subway plaform on the Lower East Side. When we arrived, jazz bands were playing on the platform with swing dancing in, well, full swing. The Nostalgia train, which was made up of subway cars ranging from 1930 – 1947, pulled into the station at around 3:30 pm (about a half hour after the dancing started), and the doors opened to a well dressed cheering crowd. More musicians and glamorous guests disembarked, as Levy announced via megaphone that the train would depart in about 20 minutes. Passengers had the chance to keep dancing, tour the train, or chat with the conductor and other MTA workers, who were happy to share some subway history. Apparently, getting this train out of the station was a lot tougher this year, due to the subway system still recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Kudos to all of the behind-the-scenes folks at the MTA for making this happen. We listened to some great tunes by the CC Hot Club, along with Lynn McCune and the Hot Sardines, and then it was all aboard as we waved farewell to the passengers, who were taking the train to Queens Plaza and back. We sadly had to skip the train ride and the after party at the Idle Hands bar, because, well, other holiday parties were beckoning.
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