Recap: Vintage Subway Swing Party on the Nostalgia Train [PHOTOS]

Posted on: December 9th, 2013 at 11:27 am by

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Photo: Lori Greenberg

The MTA Nostalgia Train (also known as the Vintage Train) kicked off its traditional holiday run last weekend. This special train, which has made an appearance every holiday season since 2007, is composed of vintage subway cars ranging from the 1920s to the 1960s. Bedecked in red velvet holiday bows, the train travels mainly along the M line from the Lower East Side to Queens.

This past Sunday afternoon, dancers and vintage enthusiasts dressed up in their finest retro duds, and met up for the “Vintage Subway Swing, Balboa, Charleston and Blues Party.” Bands played at both ends of the 2nd Avenue/F train platform, where the train started and ended its route. Each time the vintage train pulled in, the crowd stopped swing dancing for a moment to cheer.

Retro bands have some of the best names. Some of Sunday’s performers included:

Banjo Nickaru & His Western Scooches
Gordon Au & the Grand Street Stompers
Mudbucket Monkeys (featuring members of Sly Blue)
Svetlana and the Delancey 5
Emily Asher’s Garden Party
James Zeller Trio
Jessy Carolina & The Hot Mess
Tamar Korn
Queen Esther

You can see lots of pics in the gallery below. (All photos: Lori Greenberg.)

The Nostalgia train will be running every Sunday until December 30. You can find the schedule and route here. Also, check out the facebook page for photos from Sunday’s party.

Michael Ingbar and Amy Winn, who organized the subway swing party, are also asking anyone with photos or video to please tag anything that you post online (Facebook, Twitpics, Instagram, Flickr, Youtube, Vines, Vimeo) with NYCVINTAGETRAIN2013

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