The Atlantic Avenue (Performance) Tunnel

photo courtesy of the Brooklyn Historic Railway Association

Last Sunday, a friend of mine excitedly told me that he witnessed a group of people hopping down a manhole at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Court Street in Brooklyn.  After inquiring, he learned that it was the monthly tour of the abandoned Atlantic Avenue tunnel – the world’s oldest subway tunnel – hosted by the Brooklyn Historic Railway Association.  The tunnel was built by the Long Island Rail Road in 1844, but sealed off in 1861 and quickly forgotten.  After years of research and a lot of resistance from city officials, Bob Diamond rediscovered the tunnel in 1980, founded the Association, and now offers monthly tours.

Plus, the Association accepts proposals for performances and events in the tunnel!  How exciting would it be to see or perform in a site-specific work in an abandoned Brooklyn tunnel!  I’m sure the Performance Club would be eager to attend.  In fact, a February NY Times article about the tunnel mentions that an acting group called LiveFeed worked their performance into the monthly tour.

The next tour is May 17th (don’t forget your flashlight).  And if you or an artist you know wants an exciting challenge, submit a proposal for a tunnel performance!

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7 Responses to The Atlantic Avenue (Performance) Tunnel

  1. ummm … yes we would!

  2. Evan says:

    Great! I thought so!

  3. Evan says:

    Thanks for the link, Kristin! Cool video and great photos and info about the tunnel. I can’t wait to check it out in person next month.

  4. roseanne spradlin says:

    I’m interested in the tunnel on may 17th

  5. Lynn Brown says:

    I say we go for it. I took a tour in the tunnel years ago with my son. At the time, it was a twice yearly thing. Very cool.

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