When people think of the New York City underground, they usually think of the vast subway system, or maybe the sewers, and water tunnels buried deep in the bedrock. Far lesser known are the obscure tunnels – often running from building to building, or through lesser documented parts of the city. Here’s a very unique look at 7 such locations that will make you question where else there might be hidden in subterranean passageways.

7. The Farley-Morgan Postal Tunnel

The Farley-Morgan tunnel under 9th avenue

One of the least known tunnels in New York City is the postal tunnel that runs under the east side of 9th avenue between the Morgan (mail) sorting facility and the basement of the James A. Farley post office. This heavily secured road tunnel was used to move mail to and from a special ‘secret’ platform at Penn Station, where letters and packages would be transported on Amtrak trains. Amtrak even had a special ‘mail only’ train for a few years, running along the northeast corridor.

They stopped hauling mail in the early 2000s, and the stairs and elevators to the platform were sealed shut. In the post office on special occasions you can still experience the loading area (as we visited during Fashion Week) and the lookout gallery, used for a Storefront for Art and Architecture installation. On a regular visit, don’t miss the quirky Museum of Postal History.

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7 thoughts on “7 Secret NYC Tunnels You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

  1. NYC was once the most sophisticated city in the world. These so called mayors have screwed it up.
    Mayor, John Lindsey was one of our best Mayors ; since the rent hiker Mayor Ed Koch NYC lost it’s classy glamorous styles.

  2. During the Gilded Age – did the Robber Barons build rail car tunnels and special places for the elite under their 5th Ave. mansions?

  3. I’ve wondered with some work (such as building ramps and installing security cameras) if any of these tunnels could be repurposed as pedestrian or bicycle tunnels such as those which exist under estuaries in Antwerp, Belgium and Rotterdam, Netherlands. Thoughts?

  4. I used to work for Equitable Life in the early 90’s at 787 7th Ave. There was an entrance to the tunnel between the east entrance of that building and west entrance of 1285 6th Ave. The entrance for Equitable’s employee gym was right at the beginning of this entrance.

    The was a “Company Store” there where you could buy discounted cosmetics from Estee Lauder companies with employee ID. I used the tunnel to go to destinations under Rockefeller Center and to the subway if weather was bad. Best secret tunnel.

  5. A great article only I continue to get angry with the news media and writers who constantly refer to the vandals who deface public and private property with graffiti as artists when in fact these are criminals destroying property. Artists display their works of art in museums and art shows not on subway cars and transit property to call these criminal vandals artists is a slap in the face to credible artists.

    1. As an artist, I continue to get angry with commenters who constantly refer to artists as vandals when in fact art that remains imprisoned within institutions risks becoming fossilized and irrelevant to our vibrant, mutating culture.

  6. You can actually go all the way to 7th Avenue and 49th Street and even into the N/Q/R subway station there via public tunnels if you go down the Rockefeller Center tunnel past the Canadian Embassy.

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