A few weeks ago, The Verge published a feature on the abandoned Atlantic Avenue Tunnel, the oldest subway tunnel in the world. Adrianne Jeffries chronicles its 180-year history, including the various rumors surrounding its use (bootlegger lair, Nazi hideout) and the many attempts to locate it.
One story went unmentioned, however, and it’s hilarious. In July 1936, members of the NYPD, the Brooklyn DA’s office, and the press went on a “safari” to find this haunt of legend, spurred on by only a brief, anonymous letter.
Among other gems, it recounts the leader’s insistence that his men are ready to fight off the “rodents big as behemoths” that might live below, and describes the reactions of one “Chinese laundryman” upon seeing the crew.
The tale works best with a dramatic reading, and I’m happy to provide that for you. Enjoy!
If you prefer to read this colorful bit of journalism, you can do so here.