The New Tunnel Under West Street

Those of us whose daily commute involves walking across West Street were dismayed recently when they closed the footbridge at the end of Vesey last week (for those of you unfamiliar with Lower Manhattan geography this is the immediate north side of the World Trade Center complex) as it meant that we would be exposed to the elements for at least an extra 2 minutes as we waited for the light to change (there are too many bored cops around at 5:30am for even this committed scofflaw to jaywalk too brazenly). The reason, we were told as they started deconstructing our beloved footbridge, was that the tunnel was reopening from the PATH station so we should give that a try.

Tunnel-schmunnel I thought, but as it was only about a half block adjustment to my route I wandered over yesterday.

Oh My God, it is the…oddest darn place, especially when it’s empty at my hour of the morning. It’s this soaring all white marble hallway that either has me expecting to meet Morgan Freeman as God in “Bruce Almighty” or has me looking for Lenin’s Tomb:


The cop sort of politely yelled “no pictures” from down the echoing chasm but i took it anyway for You, Dear Reader, so you could get an idea of this place.

If you’re in the area it’s worth strolling through.

8 Responses to “The New Tunnel Under West Street”

  1. Julie says:

    Nice pic, Bingley. Thank you for risking your freedom by brazenly snapping it in front of the (bored) cops. I was going to say it looks a bit like the inside of the Arizona Memorial, but I’ll go with Bruce Almighty.

  2. JeffS says:

    Very nice, indeed. Even if the security protocols are silly.

  3. leelu says:

    Does it have a food court??

  4. Mr. Bingley says:

    It actually ends at one, through the doors and up a long escalator in the WFC.

  5. Fausta says:

    Fill it with good-looking people in grey suits, & you’ll have Gattaca!

  6. Skyler says:

    Cops are out of control in this country.

  7. Mr. Bingley says:

    That wall on the left is the ‘bathtub’ that keeps the WTC site dry, btw.

  8. Mark Hennessey says:

    Obligatory cry of “Photography is not a crime!”

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