Posts Tagged ‘Brooklyn Battery Tunnel’

The cost of entering a city tunnel in the 1960s

September 4, 2011

Last month, the Port Authority voted to hike tolls by more than 50 percent over the next five years.

No big deal if you don’t leave Manhattan—or don’t drive. But by 2015, it’ll run bridge and tunnelers up to $15 to cross over.

It’s hefty price compared to toll costs in the early 1960s, when this city street map was published.

The Holland Tunnel toll cost 50 cents. The Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel a mere 35 cents.

Drivers in the early 1960s forked over about the same amount of coin to use the Lincoln Tunnel (50 cents) and the Queens Midtown Tunnel (25 cents).

Adjust the numbers for inflation, however, and those tolls shouldn’t be more than $3.70 today.

What were the seven wonders of New York City?

July 1, 2010

In April 1953, a New York engineering group set out to create a list of the city’s version of the seven wonders of the world.

Number one was the George Washington Bridge, followed by the Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building, and the subway.

Rounding out the final three were the city water system, the Holland Tunnel, and the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel (partly built in 1944 at left).

The Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel? I don’t think that would make a 2010 list.

In 1929, a merchants’ organization tried to compile a list of seven wonders. According to the then–Manhattan borough president, they are:

The subway, the Hudson River tunnels, the East River Bridges, the Woolworth Building, the Statue of Liberty, the “Great White Way,” and Coney Island.

When Lower Manhattan was “Little Syria”

January 11, 2010

“Washington Street has long been known as ‘Little Syria,’ and those who are interested in different phases of Oriental life find much that is fascinating in this quaint section of the town….”

So begins a 1903 New York Times article on this long-gone little neighborhood between Rector Place and the Battery. It was bulldozed in the 1940s to make way for the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel.

But starting around 1870, Little Syria was thriving, home to mostly Christian immigrants from Syria as well as Lebanon, Turkey, and other Ottoman Empire countries.

The little enclave featured shops, restaurants, and coffeehouses, as the Times article goes on to note.

And cute kids, like the ones in the photo above.