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Eastern terminus of 178th Street Tunnel

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Address: (street address unknown), Manhattan
Area: 0.03 acres (1093 square feet)

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City Council District 10 represented by Ydanis A. Rodriguez
Community District Manhattan 12 ( ebsmith@cb.nyc.gov / 212-568-8500 ), district manager: Ebenezer Smith
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Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (public)

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Feb. 5, 2017, 5:35 p.m.
Ira Gershenhorn posted
The tunnel on Jan 29, 2017
The tunnel on Jan 29, 2017 The tunnel is completely cemented up except for air holes at the top. There is no way this is used as storage.
Dec. 25, 2016, 8:16 p.m.
Ira Gershenhorn posted
Construction of the 178th and 179th Street Tunnels
Construction of the 178th and 179th Street Tunnels HTML links are not supported. You must copy and paste the url into your browser. http://collections.mcny.org/C.aspx?VP3=SearchResult&VBID=24UAYWE2K2CL9
Dec. 24, 2016, 12:20 a.m.
Ira Gershenhorn said

There are two wiki articles about the 178th Street Tunnel.
http://www.wikiwand.com/en/178th%E2%80%93179th_Street_Tunnels
and
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/178th%E2%80%93179th_Street_Tunnels

Of the two articles, the WikiWand article has more information.

Both articles say the tunnel is used as storage space by the Port Authority.

This url http://www.nycroads.com/roads/trans-manhattan/ contains an excellent presentation on the creation of the 178th and 179th street tunnels, their current usage and potential reuse. Be patient, the url takes a long time to load. The important information is at the end.

I believe that the nycroads url says this 179th Street tunnel opened in 1952 and the 178th street tunnel opened in 1940. Also, according to that url, the Washington Bridge over the Harlem River was built in 1888.

This roadmap from 1954, pre-Cross Bronx Expwy, shows the access ramps from the 178th and 179th street tunnels to the Washington Bridge. There's no Alexander Hamilton Bridge yet.

Dec. 24, 2016, 12:15 a.m.
Ira Gershenhorn posted
Aerial view showing roadway
Aerial view showing roadway
Dec. 24, 2016, 12:14 a.m.
Ira Gershenhorn posted
The roadway exit at 175th Street would go by the tunnel
The roadway exit at 175th Street would go by the tunnel
Dec. 24, 2016, 12:13 a.m.
Ira Gershenhorn posted
View from upper roadway
View from upper roadway If you were driving, you'd have to be looking back. The road off to the left actually leads away from the tunnel. It dead ends at the upper roadway exit.
Dec. 24, 2016, 12:12 a.m.
Ira Gershenhorn posted
View from lower roadway
View from lower roadway If you were driving, you'd have to be looking back.