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HBO Brings Vintage Train To NYC Subway To Promote Boardwalk Empire
HBO has, quite literally, brought a little of the 1920s to New York City subway system. The network teamed up with NYC's Metropolitan Transit Authority to bring a vintage train to the subway's 2/3 line, according to Fast Company. The train is an authentic piece from the 1920s, used by the Interborough Rapid Transit Company -- a private operator of the original underground NYC subway line that opened in 1904.
This isn't the first time HBO has gone creative with the NYC subway (they outfitted a shuttle with wild west decor to promote Deadwood in '05), nor is it the first appearance for this train on the subway, which is usually brought out for holidays. This is, however, HBO's most ambitious campaign of this kind and the first time the train has been associated with such a campaign. The train is outfitted with authentic period details, such as rattan seats, ceiling fans, and drop sash windows. HBO has also added Boardwalk-themed artwork that identifies the new season's premiere time and directs riders (yes, you can ride it) to the campaign's Facebook page, where you can find perks and prizes -- "compliments of Nucky Thompson." Among other things, there will be an opportunity to buy a Living Social, prohibition-themed packaged at a reduced price of $19.21 and on September 24th and 25th (the day before and the day of the premiere), "Nucky" will "pick up" all eastbound Pleasantville tolls into Atlantic City from the AC Expressway.
I can only speak for myself, but this campaign has really dug this premiere out of the sea of premieres coming this Fall for me and renewed my excitement about the show. If you're a New Yorker and are potentially interested in seeing the train for yourself, you can find and/or ride it at the 42nd, 72nd, and 96th Street stops. There are also a lot of cool pictures in the Fast Company article, linked at the top of this one.
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