Atlantic Avenue Tunnel (terrain vague)

by ran

Atlantic Avenue Tunnel (http://www.controlgeek.net/)
Atlantic Avenue Tunnel (http://www.controlgeek.net/)

Atlantic Avenue Tunnel, the world’s oldest subway tunnel, was built in 1844. It was used only until 1861 due to LIRR’s bankrupt and became forgotten in people’s memory. Fortunately, it was ‘discovered’ by a 19 year old Pratt student Bob Diamond in 1980.
(The Brooklyn Historic Railway Association http://www.brooklynrail.net/proj_aatunnel.html)

You can also view some photos and historic explanation from the video below.

Beneath Atlantic Avenue from Brooklyn Ink on Vimeo.

Atlantic Avenue Tunnel was literally abandoned for about 80 years, “exist[ing] outside the city’s effective circuits and productive structures.” (Davidson, 120) It was a “vague” place for a longtime, unoccupied. However, interestingly enough, this strange place stimulates many people’s interest these days.

a film screening event in Atlantic Avenue Tunnel (Image from Gothamfilm.com)
A film screening event in Atlantic Avenue Tunnel. (Image from http://www.gothamfilm.com)

As Davidson points out, “Art’s reaction (…) is to preserve these alternative, strange spaces, strangers to the productive efficiency of the city” (122) and I think Atlantic Avenue Tunnel is a perfect example.

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