- SOLD OUT - Atlantic Avenue Tunnel: The World's First Subway

Join historian and explorer Bob Diamond for a presentation on the legendary Atlantic Avenue Subway Tunnel

Long Island City, New York

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Sealed up in 1861, long forgotten except in local folklore, and finally rediscovered by Diamond in 1980, t he Atlantic Avenue Tunnel is the world's oldest subway tunnel. It was built in 1844 beneath a busy street in the City of Brooklyn (Brooklyn did not become part of NYC until a half-century later). The tunnel provided grade separation for early Long Island Rail Road trains that lacked brakes good enough to operate on city streets. The tunnel eliminated vehicular and pedestrian traffic conflicts and delays.

In the early '80s, Bob Diamond heard about the lost Atlantic Avenue Subway and became captivated. He made it his mission to locate it, and through several years of research and physical work, he rediscovered the long-forgotten Atlantic Avenue Tunnel in 1980. The Atlantic Avenue tunnel is a federal and state landmarked and protected historic site.

PLEASE NOTE: This event does NOT include actual tunnel access. Unfortunately the tunnel has been closed to the public for some time now.


02:00 PM to 03:30 PM
Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Attendance limit


Greater Astoria Historical Society
Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, 4th Floor
Long Island City, New York, USA

Special instructions

All tickets are general admission; no reserved seating.