HBO Runs Prohibition Era Trains in New York to Promote Boardwalk Empire

By - Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

This weekend is your last chance to ride a piece of New York City subway history. A rare stroke of marketing genius has brought prohibition era trains back to the live rails of the 7th Avenue line to promote the return of HBO’s series Boardwalk Empire. Riding on the wicker seats of these vintage trains, you can feel the tracks below your feet and the train swaying from side to side as it schreetches through the tunnel. The feeling made me think of a ride on the Cyclone in Coney Island (which originally opened in 1927.) These trains, which first rolled into service in 1917, are running on the 2 and 3 line Saturdays and Sundays in September noon-6pm making stops at 96th Street, 72nd Street, and 42nd Street Times Square. Grab your flask and hop aboard to take a ride from a bygone era.

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