Did you know you can just buy old parts of the subway? Forget vintage clothes shops and thrift stores—these are one-of-a-kind subway relics. As the subway map changes, the junk from obsolete train lines gets transformed into priceless antiques (or something like that), and the MTA is now selling collectibles like subway signs, nine different kinds of vintage tokens and even a master-controller handle.
There’s also a $500 subway bench (way cooler than anything at the city’s furniture stores) and pieces from back when the subway was first being built, and if you’ve always wanted to have your own personal subway pole, you’re in luck! There’s also a wide variety of Exit signs available—pick a direction, any direction.
For subway relic fanatics, you can get 15 percent off your order of $1,000 or more. So go ahead and get that $2,500 sign from the 34th Street Station—you’re basically saving money.