Once again, the sun shone on Betsy as she sat on Boerum Place.A double decker bus dating from 1931, Betsy was part of this year’s display at the New York Transit Museum’s 21st Annual Bus Festival this past Sunday.
“The museum has a lot of subway cars on our lower level and people can go inside.
This is the only time we can offer that interaction with the buses.” documents the building of Subway tunnels connecting America’s “First Suburb,” Brooklyn Heights, and other parts of the city to Manhattan.
“It focuses on those tunnels and the workers working deep underground in dangerous conditions,” Rumpf explained.
Adjacent streets were closed to traffic, allowing visitors a chance to relax and let their kids clamber aboard the vehicles excitedly, just as they would fairground attractions. Besides children, the Bus Festival attracts bus enthusiasts from all over and, also, New Yorkers taking a “ride” down memory lane.
For the past few years, the festival has tagged onto the annual Atlantic Antic Street Festival, which hit its 40th year last Sunday: “This is the sixth or seventh year we’ve worked with them. “For older folks, they recognize the buses they once rode; some of the buses they rode as kids,” Rumpf said.
“It’s very special.”Judging by the success of the Bus Festival and the museum, New Yorkers like to celebrate and honor their mass transit system.
One particular bus wheeled out this year was absent for a couple of years.
She dutifully served Lower Manhattan until 2001 and she’s now referred to as the 9/11 Bus.
“It was parked across the street on Church Street on Sept. Rather than scrapping it, the MTA decided to restore it as a show of the city’s resolve after the attacks.