After years of work and nearly half a million dollars to get it up and running, an old subway train, one of the last of the redbirds finally opened for business Tuesday as the Queens Tourism Center.
Old Subway Train Finds New Use As Queens Tourism Center
The redbirds started running when Dwight Eisenhower was president in the 1950s and the last was not retired until 2003. They were painted red to ward off graffiti. Many of them found a watery last resting place, dumped in the Atlantic Ocean as artificial reefs.
But for this one the last stop was Borough Hall.
"People can come not to only find out what is in the local area, but also some good restaurants, all different kinds of things that we have in the borough," said Queens Borough President Helen Marshall. "Where cultural institutions, where parks are, everything we have in the borough a person can come here and find out about it."
Yes, please send them to Flushing Meadows, that jewel of a park that perfectly represents what the city thinks of our borough. Then maybe a Queens Crap tour through adjacent Corona or Flushing.