TAKE A VINTAGE SUBWAY RIDE UP THE WEST SIDE, COURTESY OF BOARDWALK EMPIRE

Would you like to ride in a subway car with ceiling fans, no air conditioning, and windows that are wide open? You can achieve that very dream this weekend and for the rest of September, as the HBO show Boardwalk Empire puts authentic 1920′s-era subway cars on the 2,3 line running from Times Square through the Upper West Side.

The trains run from noon until 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of September. The new season of Boardwalk Empire debuts on September 25, and on that weekend (the 24th and 25th), Boardwalk Empire ambassadors will be handing out free metrocards outside the Times Square and 72nd Street stations, according to the MTA.

West Side Rag reader Ben sent in the above photo and a few more we’ve posted below.

Thanks to Ben and Gavan for the tip.

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    1. Thanks for the memories, Avi. And thanks for reminding us why we’re called “straphangers.”

      Unless I’m sorely mistaken, I rode these trains for a short while as a kid (late 60s). If not the same model, I certainly rode slightly later models with open ceiling fans.

      But where are all the fedoras in this photo? ;)

    2. Da says:

      Check this video out “Boardwalk Empire MTA Ride” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bU3Y4GbfVH4