‘Boardwalk Empire’ Rolls Out Vintage Subway

This week in Awesome But Also Kind of Terrible Ideas: “Boardwalk Empire” is advertising its second season by rolling out vintage subway cars in New York City. The train cars date back to 1917 and are running on a section of the 2/3 (Times Square to 96th Street) during weekends in September. Gothamist says:

Starting on Saturday, September 3rd an authentic vintage 1920’s train will run on the express 2/3 track in Manhattan throughout September (specifically, from 12 to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays). Originally operated by the Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT) system, the train began service back in 1917 and will once again be operational. Customers who have the opportunity to ride the vintage train will be transported back in time to the Prohibition era with authentic details such as rattan seats, ceiling fans and drop sash windows, as well as a custom branded interior featuring Boardwalk Empire-inspired period artwork.

Ah, to be transported back to the 1920s. Rattan seats! Drop sashes! Fewer safety features! No air conditioning! Thanks, but I’ll wait for a car with modern amenities like plastic seats and new hobos.

(More pictures below, by Scott Beale for Laughing Squid)

Eh, needs more Paz de la Huerta.