Peek Inside the Abandoned Tunnel Connecting 35th and 40th Streets Under 6th Avenue

The abandoned 6th Ave pedestrian walkway as it appears today.
The abandoned 6th Ave pedestrian walkway as it appears today.
Photo: Forgotten NY

Closed in 1991, this abandoned pedestrian walkway runs under 6th in Midtown Manhattan between 35th and 40th Streets. It once provided a underground connection between the stations surrounding Penn Station and the stations around Grand Central.

According to a YouTube commenter, the extra long tunnel was dimly lit, unstaffed by the MTA, and was a hotspot for criminal activity.

Appeared to still have its original incandescent lights from 1940, which for a unstaffed passageway of that length made it a haven for crime. The rape of a woman that led to the closure of this and other lightly-used tunnels occurred in March 1991 according to the NYT...and it wasn't even the first one that occurred in there.

In this video from Trainluvr, check out the tunnel just weeks before its close in 1991.

Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's with his partner and son. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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