Death of the Q Diamond Party / Performance
New Orleans Funeral Style

Q train between Union Square and Brighton Beach, and back
Friday, February 20, 2004, 9:28 - 11:00 P.M.

brought to you by Action / Direction Creations

"On Friday February 20th, 2004 the MTA is retiring the Q Diamond train after more than 20 solid years of service, to make way for 'progress' and 'faster trains' over the newly restored express tracks on the Manhattan Bridge. Well, we aren't letting the Q Diamond disappear without a party honoring its awesome service. Live music provided by members of the Hungry Marching Band, TrainArt created by the Toyshop Collective, recorded music through multiple boomboxes. Eulogies and haiku, performances and skits, byob hysteria and we'll provide the noisemakers. New Orleans funeral attire (danceable & fashionable black) requested. Bring your favorite recollection about the Q Diamond or any subway story and share the wealth. The train will ride from Union Square to Brighton Beach (end of the line.) Following the funeral, the party will continue back Manhattan bound (via the Q circle) and arrive at Action / Direction Creation HQ in serene Ditmas Park West, Flatbush for a dance party extravaganza. Friday Feb 20th, 9:28pm sharp. Free. Meet at the very end of the Brooklyn bound Q,N,R,W platform in Union Square. Wait for the party train to arrive the last two cars of the 9:24pm Q Diamond from 57th st. Call 718. 930. 4768 for more info or" ------- Matt Levy

"a little of that poetry of festivals and crowds, when, all too rarely nowadays, the people pour out into the streets. we need above all a theater that wakes us up: nerves and heart." -- Antonin Artaud, The Theater of Cruelty

All photos below by Josh Karpf, seen at far right in the above photo by Jake "Bluejake" Dobkin of Gothamist

Other "Death of the Diamond Q" pages

The Morning News: Diamonds Aren't Forever, by Paul Ford

Bluejake: Death of the Diamond Q Party and Bluejake: Photos: 2004: Death of the Diamond Q Party by Jake Dobkin of Gothamist (via, the first page including reader comments)

Photolog: FRANK_BKLYN (four photos, click on right arrow to proceed)

Gothamist: Death of the Diamond Q Party

A Rocking End to a Rolling, Screeching Gem by Colin Moynihan (New York Times)

Trip Report: The Q Diamd Train Party, by Newkirk Plaza David (on Subtalk forum)

Other subway parties (also organized by Matt Levy)

Vintage Tea Party, 2009
We Hardly Knew V, 2010 (video)
Vintage Peacock Party, 2012