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The tunnel! I think I know what it is! Its for PEOPLE! It's so that people could get down to the ferry after watching the horse races on the speedway! It makes so much sense... OMG I'm so excited! What if we brought it back!? What if we had boats there!!

It's just a theory....but there are remnants of a pier down there... below the hole-- and where did the boats dock? It's a pedestrian tunnel-- I know it!!



These are not my photos... they are from here: http://www.marielorenz.com/inprogress/?p=1127

Marie Lorenz and Steve Duncan have been helping me find out more about this tunnel...

Can you imagine, people in the 1900s women with bustles and men with big moustaches trotting through this tunnel to their ferry ride back to the city after a flush day at the races? The sound of drunken voices ringing on the walls!

It has been bricked up, but there are other passages like this for people in the park. It's too big for water. I think it is an underpass for the speedway (now Harlem River Drive) It's just the right length... We should open it back up again!

It could be a Kayak dock and provide access for runners to the greenway! this is a revolution!


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Aug. 4th, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC)

That's a fascinating notion! But, WHY was it bricked over? Are there any safety hazards?

Aug. 6th, 2010 02:56 pm (UTC)
I believe there are abandoned road tunnels approaching the George Washington Bridge in upper manhattan. They've never been used since the planners and engineers kind of changed their minds in the middle of the expressway construction. I don't know where I found that information.

Anyway, there have been proposals to use the tunnels for automobile traffic but nobody can figure out quite how to do it since they kind of connect nowhere to nowhere. Then again, like any other kind of road project in Manhattan, there's really NOTHING that can be done to improve the traffic situation whatsoever. Traffic is going to be hopeless no matter what.
Aug. 6th, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
Ah yes! Here's what I was talking about...
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