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Graffiti and breakdancing flash mob to invade the G train tonight

By Ned Hepburn

For one hour tonight, riders on the G train will get to experience what the subways used to be like in the '70s and '80s in NYC…albeit a much more cuddly and PG version. Beginning around 9 p.m., a flash mob of actors and performers will be riding the G train from the Metropolitan stop south to Church Ave. They'll be wearing the garb of yesteryear and blasting music from a boombox (or at the very least an iPod with speakers), and there'll even be people dressed as Guardian Angels. They're even going so far as to cover some of the subway train's bright lights with thin swaths of velvet, to evoke the dim, flickering lighting of days gone by. There'll be fake graffiti, too. Gadzooks! 

Want to join in? Head to Barcade (388 Union Ave., between Ainslie and Powers Streets) at 9 p.m. for check-in. Look, of course, for the people dressed up like 1982. 

The flashmob is led by comedienne and actress Shaina Stigler, a Texas transplant who has been living in New York since 2009. She plans to bring back some "old school New York" to, uh, New York by staging not only this retro subway flash mob, but also a flash mob centered around 1960's sit-ins and another bringing 1977 punk back to CBGBs (which is now a John Varvatos store, and definitely ripe for the flash mob picking, if you ask us). 


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