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I choo-choo-choose you! Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Transit Museum

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This Valentine’s Day, show your love for that special subway line in your life.

On Feb. 14, the New York Transit Museum hosts its fourth annual “Missed Connections,” a party inspired by those Craigslist classifieds where would-be lovers attempt to reconnect with the one who literally got away.

Many of these chance encounters happen on the city’s subways, buses and trains, so the museum, which is home to historical artifacts of the NYC transit system, is inviting guests to its subterranean Downtown repository to celebrate love among its vintage subway cars.

Romantic revellers can take pictures with their date in the museum’s historic token booth-turned-photo booth, as well as make artsy valentines for that special someone — or something — in their life.

“We’re asking people if they want to make a valentine to their favorite subway station,” said Elyse Newman, the museum’s education manager. “Like, ‘A train, you’re so reliable.’”

There will also be a drop-in poetry workshop led by the New York Writers Coalition in one of the museum’s vintage subway cars, in case you need help finding the right words or inspiration.

Other festivities include a heart-shaped cookie decorating station, food tasting, and the chance to win raffle prizes from local food purveyors and restaurants, including the the Nu Hotel and Grand Central Oyster Bar Brooklyn. Beer will also be provided by Brooklyn Brewery.

Couples and singles alike are encouraged to attend, and for those still looking for love, Lori Cheek of dating site Cheek’d will be on hand offering tips and tricks to avoid missing any future connections. The museum will also help make it a littler easier to find other subway-loving singles, with buttons you can wear that display your relationship status.

“We’re going to use terminology that applies to the subway, such as ‘This train has left the station,’” said Newman. “It will be a fun conversation starter.”

“Missed Connections” at the New York Transit Museum [Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street in Downtown, (718) 694–1600, mta.info/mta/museum], Feb. 14 at 6:30 pm. $15, $10 for museum members.

Updated 6:06 pm, January 30, 2015
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