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This is original New York City fashion. Tourists, take note.

This is original New York City fashion. Tourists, take note.

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Rebel style

Rebel style

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The Subway’s the Star in BAM’s Transporting Retro

The people ride in a hole in the ground,” sing the three horny, hopped-up sailors as they ecstatically catalog the city’s many marvels in “New York, New York,” the opening number of Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly’s On the Town (1949).

That hole, now 110 years old, receives a more expansive, warts-and-all tribute in BAMcinématek’s “Retro Metro” series, a program of 13 features and three shorts that highlight the joys and terrors of subterranean travel. Spanning 1928 through 1992, these movies reveal wildly vacillating feelings about the sprawling transit system — what Randy Kennedy calls “an object of pride and fascination, fear and loathing” in the introduction to his excellent 2004 book, Subwayland, a collection of his New York Times columns recounting his adventures underground. - Melissa Anderson.

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Family love

Family love