Peek Inside the Hidden Nuclear Bomb Shelter at Brooklyn Bridge

In this video from AHCTV’s What History Forgot series, former teacher, historian and host Joe Moniaci takes a peek into a long-forgotten bomb shelter in the Brooklyn Bridge.

In 2006, City inspectors stumbled upon a hidden chamber inside the Brooklyn Bridge, located just under the bridge’s Lower Manhattan entrance ramp. The room was stockpiled with decades-old military provisions for surviving a nuclear bomb attack: blankets, medicine, water containers and around 352,000 crackers. Supply boxes stamped with the dates 1957 and 1962 indicate that the bunker was used during the height of the Cold War, later to be sealed up and forgotten. For security reasons, City officials have kept the exact location of the chamber a secret—most of the 150,000 pedestrians who cross the bridge each day have no idea that it even exists.

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