Queens Midtown Tunnel Opened 75 Years Ago Today

On November 15, 1940, the Queens Midtown Tunnel opened to the public for the first time with an inaugural ride by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in a convertible.

Since then, it’s been used for more than one billion trips between Manhattan and Queens, and has held up remarkably well for its age—the first time it needed extensive repairs was in 2012, when Hurricane Sandy swept through the city and dumped tons of water in the tunnel.

Our friends at Curbed recently pulled together this collection of vintage photographs of the Queens Midtown Tunnel from the MTA archives.

Queens Midtown Tunnel

via Curbed

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