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Date: 07/10/06 21:32
Long Lost Subway Tunnels are Found Throughout the Hampt
Author: Southern-Pacific-fan

By Dan Rattiner
(with a tip of the hat to Ron Stanchfield)

As most people know, the single most spectacular real estate development ever attempted on the East End was that of Carl G. Fisher. In the mid 1920s, he bought the entire peninsula of Montauk, 12,000 acres in all, and during the years between 1925 and 1929 began to build a great city in that community. The centerpiece of it, built on the downtown plaza he created in a field, was the seven-story building that continues to dominate this community to this day. But he also built a polo field, a race track, a yacht club, a gambling casino, a boardwalk and swim club, a 250 room hotel high on a hill



Date: 07/10/06 23:12
Re: Long Lost Subway Tunnels are Found Throughout the H
Author: shtinkypuppie

This has got to be a prank.



Date: 07/10/06 23:49
Re: Long Lost Subway Tunnels are Found Throughout the H
Author: poultrycar

Agree, hardly possible. How do you keep things like that a secret from historians, or even the locals. How about a scanned copy of a newspaper story, or other source, plus a map?

Cheers



Date: 07/11/06 03:32
Re: Long Lost Subway Tunnels are Found Throughout the H
Author: BaltoJoey

Dan Rattiner is a humorist from up that way.
http://www.danspapers.com/paper/leadarticle.html



Date: 07/11/06 07:36
Re: Long Lost Subway Tunnels are Found Throughout the H
Author: rresor

Somehow I don't see the Hamptons crowd riding subways. And I *really* can't see how miles of subway tunnels could be constructed without anyone noticing, even on Long Island (where wierd things happen all the time and nobody seems to notice).

But this story is on a par with my earlier post about space aliens beaming Amtrak equipment off-world, and about Amtrak's HQ being transported back in time to 1948.

Unlikely.



Date: 07/11/06 09:39
Re: Long Lost Subway Tunnels are Found Throughout the H
Author: GBNorman

Actually this fiction is not quite as far fetched as it seems. Somewhere in one of my maritime books, I read that J.P. Morgan's shipping interests (which incidentially included the Titanic) comtemplated building a deepwater port at Montauk early last century. Passengers would transfer there to "boat trains' for a three hour LIRR journey onward to New York.

Such a plan would have enabled a steamship line to operate a weekly transatlantic service with only two vessels instead of three. Only the "Queens" had the speed and all weather relaibility to offer such from New York.

However, when New York interests learned of such a plan, it was quickly TILT, game over'.

End of story as I recall reading it.



Date: 07/11/06 13:36
Re: Long Lost Subway Tunnels are Found Throughout the H
Author: galenadiv

We've still got miles and miles of underground tunnels in downtown Chicago left over from the Chicago Tunnel Co., which went out of business half a century ago. Virtually everyone had forgotten they were there until an ill-informed pile driver cracked the ceiling in one tunnel under the Chicago River badly enough to have it fall apart a few months later. That was the Great Chicago Flood, which occurred in 1993 and helped give the city the nickname of "The City that Leaks."

It sure would be great if some way could be found to use those tunnels again for moving either people or goods under the traffic-jammed streets downtown. I think it's low on the priority list, though, well behind opening Tennessee Pass or setting up high-speed rail in the Midwest.

Thanks for posting the LI humor piece.



Date: 07/12/06 05:19
Re: Long Lost Subway Tunnels are Found Throughout the H
Author: PRR1223




Date: 07/12/06 17:47
Re: Long Lost Subway Tunnels are Found Throughout the H
Author: mundo

Understand the water table is about 3 feet east end of LI.

Do they have underwater subway cars?



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