March 28, 2009

Ye Olde Forgotten Train Tunnel

ABC News recently did a story about the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel, one of oldest train tunnels in NYC that dates from the 1840's. The tunnel was "lost" for many years and found in the early 1980's by Bob Diamond, a subway/city history buff who now runs tours. I've taken the tour, which starts by dropping into an open manhole at the intersection of Court & Atlantic in Brooklyn and ends at the dark end of the tunnel where, after about 100 yards, it abruptly stops. Jerry Kolber, a producer on my new film PROM QUEENS, is also working on a doc about the tunnel and Bob Diamond's efforts to open it up all the way to the waterfront. Fascinating stuff.