If things went according to plan and the Fourth Avenue subway tunnel connecting Brooklyn to Staten Island, proposed in 1912, was actually built, would Staten Island have become as urban as the other four boroughs?
We’ll never know, because like so many other ideas tossed out by the MTA and its forerunners, this one got shelved.
Okay, it did get off the ground a little bit. In 1923, the Brooklyn Transit Company began digging a tunnel under Owl’s Head Park in Bay Ridge that would connect the Fourth Avenue line to Staten Island off St. George.
The Depression ended that. In the early 1960s, community leaders proposed adding subway tracks to the under-construction Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
But anti-mass transit Robert Moses, Triborough Bridge Authority boss at the time, wasn’t going to let that happen.
[Black and white map, above left, reveals the original 1912 tunnel plan]