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Vegan Train Day Game Night & Potluck!

  • May 10, 2014 · 6:30 PM
  • Jackson Heights

All aboard the vegan train! Join VegOut in celebrating National Train Day with a train party and vegan potluck. We’ll play train-themed games including Name That Train Tune, and of course there will be model trains you can operate. You can also learn to play Ticket to Ride: Europe, socialize over a train puzzle or choose from many other board games.

Choo-choo-choose vegan And yes, if you have any train-related clothing, you are encouraged to wear it!

We’ve been working on the railroad. Amtrak started the May 10 celebration to encourage passenger rail travel, which is one of the most environmental and animal-friendly ways to travel. Trains receive very little federal funding compared to highways, which accounts for our comparatively poor passenger rail system.

Railroads are not perfect, of course. May 10 is the 145th anniversary of the day that the golden spike was driven in Promontory Summit, Utah, marking the completion of the transcontinental railroad in the U.S. The railroad, completed with the know-how of exploited Chinese and Irish immigrant workers, contributed to the genocide of American Indians and led to the near-extinction of Bison.

Railroads continued to play an important part in American history. Mexican workers were recruited to build railroads, which led to their migration through the Midwest. And the tracks originally built by enslaved Blacks later facilitated the Great Migration out of the South, while Pullman porter jobs helped to create a Black middle class.

(Photo credit: Manuel Faisco)

Someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah. Please bring a vegan dish to share (no meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, or honey). Bonus points if you come up with a clever train rhyme or pun for your dish or if you get the recipe from the Vegan Express cookbook!

Hop on board the party train to Noah’s apartment in Jackson Heights. Take the 7 train to 82nd St. or E/F/M/R trains to Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave. We'll message you the exact address 24 hrs before.

Accessibility:

Transit: The Roosevelt Avenue train station at 74th street/Broadway on Roosevelt Avenue is an express stop.  The E, F, R, M and 7 all stop there. There is elevator access throughout the entire station.  This is also the bus terminal for the entire area.  The Q32, Q33 and Q34 buses all stop within one block of our host's apartment.  The 33 & 34 are located under the main canopy at the station. The 32 stops directly outside the terminal doors on Roosevelt Avenue.  Allow an additional 10-12 minutes if you're taking the bus.

Apartment:  There are two steps leading up to the front door of the building, a landing and then three steps. Both sets have railings. Then there is an elevator. Unfortunately there is no ramp; the service entrance to the basement has stairs. Within the apartment, the living room is sunken, with two steps leading down to it.  If you have further questions, please message Noah through Meetup.

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  • Sergio M.

    Have to bow out. Sorry for the late notice. Looking forward to the next one.

    May 10, 2014

    • Sergio M.

      Nah. Paul. Went to Hopkins.

      May 12, 2014

    • Paul V.

      Got it! Your name rang a bell.

      May 12, 2014

  • Noah

    Thanks for coming everyone! I'm really excited that I could have a train party, and I echo Jim's sentiments about the delicious food you brought! Save the date and start thinking if you'll go sweet or savory: Saturday, Sept. 13 we will be celebrating National Peanut Day!

    May 12, 2014

  • Paul V.

    Pleased to meet / see y'all on the vegan train!

    May 11, 2014

  • Jim

    The glamour of travel by rail was brought back to life yesterday evening thanks to Noah. While the observation car was perfect for twilight viewing, the dining car was where it was at! As usual, VegOutters pull out the stops with delicious vegan food.

    May 11, 2014

  • Just J.

    I had a wonderful time! Great food and great company! Thank you!

    1 · May 11, 2014

  • Steve

    So sorry to cancel at the last minute! Won't be able to make it…

    May 10, 2014

  • Just J.

    bringing dessert ...

    1 · May 10, 2014

  • Jim

    The No. 7 train is fully operational today along the entire route. Thank you, MTA!

    1 · May 10, 2014

  • Brian T.

    A gig came up so have to miss this one. Boo!

    May 7, 2014

    • Noah

      Bummer! It's alright, future parties are already in the works!

      1 · May 8, 2014

  • Matt

    I trust at some point we'll be listening to or singing "Wabash Cannonball"?

    May 7, 2014

    • Noah

      I can neither confirm nor deny whether Wabash Cannonball is among the 6 hours and 24 minutes worth of train songs in my possession.

      2 · May 8, 2014

  • Peter

    I’m keeping it simple. I’m bringing bread and Faux Gras or something.

    May 7, 2014

  • gary g

    leaning towards making "RAILWAY MUSHROOM CURRY".

    1 · May 6, 2014

  • Peter

    Will there be a cat present?

    May 3, 2014

    • Paul V.

      No live cats! Only "Flat Cat," who is cardboard. ;)

      1 · May 3, 2014

    • Tj C.

      Hahaha! Flat Cat is adorable!

      1 · May 6, 2014

  • Jim

    In a salute to India's Shatabdi Express, I will bring a savory dish from Nicky Garrat's book, Mango and Mint.

    May 3, 2014

  • Wendy S

    Ok, I have work until about 8, but I feel compelled to come. I will put it on my calendar, and really try!

    1 · May 2, 2014

    • Noah

      We'll still be here!

      May 2, 2014

  • Noah

    I feel compelled to point out that although they have not RSVP'd here, there are currently three women who are coming!

    1 · April 30, 2014

  • Brian T.

    Sounds like fun. Hope to make it!

    1 · April 28, 2014

  • Matt

    I'm bringing balsamic Angel Seat Beets.

    1 · April 28, 2014

  • Noah

    I will be bringing Spiked Punch (get it?) and Marinated Rail Kale!

    1 · April 28, 2014

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