With some time to spare, we decided to venture from a usual route. This little adventure landed us on the functionally named “Tunnel Exit” Street between 34th and 35th Street. It’s the Queens Midtown Tunnel exit street, that is.
Alongside a wall of tenement brick, shrubbery, and barbed wire hangs a beautiful and pretty well-maintained original tunnel sign from the 1940s, when the tunnel was completed! New York you never cease to amaze us. Follow the sign “East” or “West.” You never know what you might find.
As Untapped Cities reader Louis Sessa also points out, the lamppost on which the sign is attached is also quite old.
As we noted on our previous History of Streets on functionally named conduits, Tunnel Entrance and Tunnel Exit Streets have no street addresses even though the surrounding neighborhood has blossomed over the past seven decades. Also read about the history of street signage in NYC here.
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