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‘Last surviving’ Redbird NYC subway car hits auction block for $6.5K

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The final relic of a useless breed can now be yours.

The Redbird mannequin subway automotive, which has stood guard exterior Queens Borough Corridor since 2005, is now obtainable for personal buy. 

“Delivered to you by the individuals who sold a Staten Island Ferry to Pete Davidson, DCAS is now auctioning off the final surviving @MTA Redbird subway automotive,” the NYC Division of Citywide Administrative Companies tweeted Thursday. “Opening bid: $6,500. Let’s go!”

The auction started on Wednesday but, regardless of the Redbird being arguably probably the most beloved prepare to ever run on New York Metropolis transit, not a soul has but positioned a bid on automotive #9075.

“Nothing symbolizes Queens, subway-wise, higher than a Redbird,” New York Transit Museum curator Jodi Shapiro told the New York Times of the 50-foot, 40-ton prepare automotive breed, the final to have tear-shaped steel hand grips — the namesake of the phrase “straphanger.” 

Constructed between 1959 and 1963, they transported guests from the 1964 World’s Honest in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. By the early 2000s, newer stainless-steel vehicles had changed the colourful fleet, and the last Redbird rode the tracks from Occasions Sq. to Shea Stadium on Nov. 3, 2003, an expertise much like shedding a member of the family, in line with one heartbroken rider

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Passengers experience the final of the Redbird subway vehicles on its ultimate journey from Occasions Sq. to the Willets Level in Queens on Nov. 3, 2003.
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Conductor Daniel Wrynn makes an announcement on the Occasions Sq. station on the Redbird’s ultimate journey to the tip of the road at Willets Level in Queens on Nov. 3, 2003.
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A Redbird prepare waits in New York on its ultimate day of service.
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New York Metropolis Transit subway vehicles parked on the Casey Stengel rail yards in Queens embrace the newer R62A in addition to the retired “Redbird” vehicles.
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After being decommissioned, 714 of the vehicles had been subsequently sunk into the ocean to type an artificial reef

The automotive on the public sale block, nevertheless, was saved by former Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, who requested that one of many birds be plopped exterior her Kew Gardens workplace for use as a vacationer info heart, the Occasions reported. A $1 transaction with the MTA promptly befell, and its classic vessel has sat there ever since. 

The present Queens borough president, Donovan Richards, doesn’t share Marshall’s affinity for the prepare, and is now promoting it off and reimagining how the grassy knoll can finest interact “constructing guests and the encompassing neighborhood,” a spokesperson instructed the Occasions.

The public sale is ready to finish on July 2 however “would possibly lengthen” its bidding web page notes.