The Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Tour, New York

by Rebecca
(Chester, England, UK)

Rediscovered by Bob Diamond, this half-mile train tunnel dates back to the 19th century and today offers the chance to a part of unknown New York. The Atlantic Avenue Tunnel tour provides the public with an opportunity to walk into the middle of the street and climb down an open man hole, into the once lost Atlantic Avenue Railway Tunnel.

Once below ground, visitors are met by the founder of the tunnel tour, Bob Diamond who recounts the tale of his discovery from 1980. Bob also recollects historic stories of the tunnel before its re-discovery, including Pirates in New York City, murderous street gangs, 19th century political and business corruption, and a conspiracy theory surrounding the Lincoln assassination. Armed with flashlights, visitors are then free to explore.

The first level of the tunnel is only 30 foot in length and a hole in the red-cemented wall leads through to the main part. This part of the tunnel is about 20 foot wide and 15 foot high and is located four storeys below Atlantic Avenue. Within the tunnel, old ladders, phones and wheel barrels can be spotted, that authenticate the stories and history told by Bob. Towards the top of the tunnel, holes remain from where investigating city crews blasted through during World War 1 looking for German invaders who were allegedly hiding under Atlantic Avenue.

The Atlantic Avenue Tunnel tour is hosted twice a day, two days a month (usually a Sunday). Visitors meet at the old Independence Bank building at the south-western corner of Atlantic Avenue and Court Street, underneath the clock. Prices for the tour are around $20 and usually last 2 hours.

Whether you’re a New Yorker who catches the 2nd and 3rd train on Atlantic Avenue daily, or just a curious tourist, The Atlantic Avenue Tunnel tour is a must do.

This post has been written by travel blogger Rebecca Kelly of; a community of travel enthusiasts, experts and celebrities sharing their thoughts on the best places to visit around the world., ranging from the cheapest places to stay in New York to the best boutique hotels in Paris .

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Share YOUR Travel Stories.

Happy travels... even if you don't travel the world... just remember that life is a journey... embrace and enjoy it! Judy and Mark

Curious about what else we've written about?  Search our site for a destination or travel tip.

But... We'd love to have you share this page or comment on it…
Thanks, Judy and Mark

Timely Tips

Summer Vacation
Travel is fun in the Northern summer... but don't neglect the Southern Hemisphere at this time of year.
Yes, it's winter in South Africa, but that's their dry season. It's a good time to travel there.

Lions stop traffic in Kruger NP South Africa

Sometimes you need to watch rain patterns instead of just seasons to figure the best time to travel...

Whether you're taking a road trip close to home or traveling abroad...

Whether it's summer or winter in your part of the world...
the way you pack can make it all more pleasurable.

Check out all our Packing Lists and Tips.

Need travel ideas?
Things to See in Europe
Africa Calls!
Travel In America

Don't just dream about it...
Start making plans!

Custom Tour Planning List
International Travel Planning Tips
Foreign Is Fun - Not Scary!
Get Your Passports and Visas

And Expect Good Things
There Are Tourist Angels


Search MouseToursTravels
Travel questions or destination info?
Find our answers faster..


We want you to feel comfortable out in the world and on our pages - so surf away in your own language...

Updated Tips & New Travel Stories

  1. 2022 Travels To All Seven Continents

    After COVID, all seven continents in one year was a worthy goal for our 2022 travels..

    Read More

  2. 2021 Travels - Another COVID Year?

    Our 2021 travels were only domestic. COVID kept us close home. Road trips and a cautious flights but still fun.

    Read More

  3. 2020 Travels - What Travels?

    Our 2020 travels were slim. COVID kept us home too. One trip to the Three Guyanas, but dreaming of travel next year.

    Read More

Ready For A New Adventure?

We escape by traveling…
But there are more ways to escape. 
Work on something you LOVE…
With A Website
SBI Teaches You Everything

First Day Of The Rest Of Your Life