Bob in the pre-excavated crawl space back in 1981.
Bob today. On the other side of the concrete wall he busted through 30 years ago.
Just finished what had to be one of the best weekends in a long while. What more romantic way to spend Valentine's Day than under the streets of Brooklyn, in the once-lost-then-found (indiana jones-style) Atlantic Ave Tunnel?!
From BHRA website: The Atlantic Avenue Tunnel is officially the world's oldest subway tunnel. This tunnel was built in 1844, under a City of Brooklyn Street... Bob Diamond(in b&w above) rediscovered the long forgotten Atlantic Avenue Tunnel in 1980.
This is honestly one of the best experiences we've had in the city. The tour is lead by Bob Diamond, who tirelessly hunted for and re-discovered the tunnel back when he was 19. He fills in all the historic information gaps with amazing tales of brawling Manhattan vs. Brooklyn cops, east river pirates, and the on-going effort to find the resources to excavate the remainder of the tunnel beyond the filled-in stone wall (above) where they believe lies a buried but fully intact wood burning steam locomotive.
After crawling back out of the tunnel, we headed over to Stan's for the best beignets and fried oyster po-boys.