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Amtrak - "Freedom" Tunnel

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Photo taken by Timothy Vogel

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Description 

The tunnel's nickname "Freedom" stems from the graffiti artist Chris "Freedom" Pape, who used the tunnel walls to create some of his most notable pieces of artwork. The nickname is also likely a reference to the former shantytowns built within the tunnel by homeless populations seeking shelter and freedom to live rent-free and unsupervised by law enforcement. Extends from 72nd Street to 123rd Street.

Facts 

Overview
Tunnel on Railroad (Amtrak) under Riverside Park
Location
New York City, New York County, New York
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built in the 1930s
Builder
- Robert Moses of New Haven, Connecticut (Designer)
Railroads
- Amtrak (AMTK)
- Conrail (CR)
- New York Central Railroad (NYC)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
Design
Tunnel
Dimensions
Total length: 14,000.0 ft. (2.7 mi.)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.81448, -73.96420   (decimal degrees)
40°48'52" N, 73°57'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/587356/4518678 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Central Park
Inventory number
BH 57858 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 4, 2013: Added by Luke Harden

Sources 

  • Luke