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Steampunk goes underground with party at the Transit Museum

Howard Halle

New Yorkers don't need to be told about steampunk: They live it everyday, just by going on the subway. After all, what could be more Victorian-meets-sci-fi that those heavily riveted steel columns propping up the roofs of some of the system's funkiest stations? So if you're going to throw a steampunk party, what better place than the subway, or more specifically, the New York Transit Museum, which calls the old decommissioned IND station on Court Street in downtown Brooklyn home? That what's the folks running Atlas Obscura (a website that bills itself as the "definitive guide to the world's wondrous and curious places) figured when they joined with the Transit Museum to organize tonight's "Power Play: An Evening of Steampunk and the Transit System." The affair, which runs 7-9pm and invites visitors to wear steampunk attire, will feature "Victorian libations," music from the band Amour Obscur and a selection of objects from the Museum of Interesting Things. And of course, you have the opportunity to explore the Transit Museum after hours while done up in your best  bowler hats, corsets and gas masks. Certainly sounds interesting—and curious.


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