I spent July 4th in one of my favorite cities, NYC!  I've been many times, so I've seen many of the typical touristy spots already.  But I'm lucky to have a sister who lives there and can suggest some hidden gems around the city to check out, which of course I'm sharing with you.  This visit one of those places we went to was the New York Transit Museum, which highlights the history of the transit system and even has original cars dating back to the early 1900s which people can walk through!  

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Seen above are original turnstiles from various decades.  They even had one from 1894 - so incredible!

A quick note on my outfit!  Yellow is one of my favorite colors for summer, so I immediately fell in love with this dress.  I knew it would be perfect for NYC.  I love the cold shoulder detail and the ruffle hem, and it also comes in a pretty red version.  I paired it with my trusty lace up sandals and my new bucket bag which I'm obsessed with.  It may look small, but I fit ALL the essentials in it.  Scroll down to the bottom to shop the look and some other similar pieces!

Now back to the museum...
BRT Standard Car from 1916.  Fun Fact - at 10 ft wide, this car offered additional seating to combat overcrowding.  

Check out that transit map from the early 1920s! 

R-1 Train Car from the 1930s, which took on the somber look from the Depression era.  Fun Fact - this train inspired a classic swing song! 

I got a kick out of the original period advertisements like the one above, which can still be seen in the cars.

R-11 Prototype from 1949.  This car was originally designed for the 2nd street subway that was never built.  Fun fact - this car was manufactured by a company in Philadelphia!

How pretty is that door with the circular windows!  These vintage subway cars are so much prettier!

R-33S from 1963.  Fun Fact - many of the 51 million visitors to the 1964/65 World's Fair traveled on the "World's Fair Express" which included this car!

The color scheme was so bright and cheery, and was unique at the time!

Those colors tho!!

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If you're a history buff like me, the New York Transit Museum is worth checking out!