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New Streetcar Possibilities for Brooklyn - Presentation (8.7mb PDF


New Red Hook Brooklyn Streetcar Study by BHRA (large file: 38.9mb PDF


NEW!  (11.11.2016)  Brooklyn Community Board 8 Light Rail Subcommittee Report, 10-8-16 (eternal link)


NEW!  (11.11.2016)  MTA's Lower East Side Light Rail Study, Circa 1999 (MESA) (external link)


NEW!  (10.27.2016)  Presidential Candidates Pledging Big Money For Mass Transit  (eternal link)

NEW!  (10.26.2016)  Presentation: Brooklyn Community Board 8 - Light Rail Subcommitte (external link)

NEW!  (8.26.2016)  The return of trams to New York (pdf article from a Czech magazine)

NEW!  (8.26.2016)  The only tram in New York (pdf article from a Czech magazine)

NEW!  (8.26.2016)  Owner of Red Hook waterfront terminal asks city to consider his site for Brooklyn-Queens Streetcar railyard (external link)

NEW!  (8.26.2016)  Red Hook industrialist wants to host train yard for de Blasio streetcar  (external link)

NEW!  (5.15.2016)  New BHRA MegaProject - A Comprehensive Rail  system for SI, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.  Short Youtube movie w/ new maps 


NEW!  (4.20.2016)  Bob Diamond Is Giving A Talk About Streetcars For NYC -  Register now for the free May 19th event at the waterfront alliance.

NEW!  (4.20.2016)  The Map That Made Manhattan a BBC Radio Special on the Manhattan Street Grid System.  Bob Diamond featured: - BBC Radio 4

UPDATED! (3.29.2016)   New Streetcar Video featuring BHRA published materials & maps and a great vintage streetcar promotional video (at 1:13)  (external link)

NEW (3.29.2016)  NYT Article: Red Hookers like streetcar idea but have concerns about rent hikes due to gentrification

NEW
(3.29.2016)  Urban Visionary Robert Venturi says he has all these ideas but also doesn't get paid

NEW! (2.18.2016)  New article on the BQX Streetcar Project by J.M. Calisi in Trains Magazine  (.3mb small PDF)

NEW! (2.11.2016)  Updated and expanded BHRA staff page

NEW! (2.11.2016)  New BHRA mini -book that includes the following chapters (3mb PDF):
part I -Why Streetcars Were Removed From New York City & Why It Is Time To Bring Them Back. 
part II -
The true environmental costs of the CNG Bus / natural gas industry.
partIII -The Reasons why Streetcars are Preferable to Busses
part IV -   A 'shovel ready' "BQX" streetcar project: prior BHRA permits & approvals already in place for the project
part V - Suggestions for creating a user friendly streetcar system with faster boarding times, and fewer problems with traffic congestion
Part VI :
Speeding up a streetcar system: ROW configurations for higher speed streetcar system


NEW! (2.5.2016)   New York Times Article: "A Trolley Enthusiast on DeBlasio’s Streetcar Plan: Sign Me Up"

NEW! (2.4.2016) New York Times Article:   "A Waterfront Route to Serve the Poor, Not Just the Wealthy"

NEW! (2.3.2016) New York Times Article:  "Mayor de Blasio to Propose Streetcar Line Linking Brooklyn and Queens"

NEW! (11.2.2015)   NY City Council Trying Hard to Bring Streetcars to New York City (external link to transportation committee meeting info)

NEW! (10.13.2015)  Cuomo, Di Blasio Reach NYC Mass Transit Deal  (external link to AP article)

NEW! (10.8.2015)  A great new book on the Rail transit pioneering inventor G.T. Woods by David Head (with a 2 page introduction by Bob Diamond) (ext. link)

NEW! (9.30.2015)  1982 Brooklyn Heights Press article: "Is there really a locomotive under Atlantic Avenue?  Robert Diamond determined to find out soon..." (PDF)

NEW! (9.30.2015)  Brooklyn Eagle Op-ed  article: "Brooklyn-Queens waterfront streetcar line, an idea whose time has come"  (external link)

NEW! (9.30.2015)   The Unbreakable U.S. High-Speed Rail System: Without federal funding, HSR projects across the country have gotten creative. (external link)


NEW! (9.25.2015)  Daily news article "maybe light at the end of the tunnel", on that same webpage there's also a slide show showing subway expansion c.1920s -1930s

NEW! (9.25.2015)  BHRA's new "Tunnel Museum Plan" (112.7mb PDF)

NEW! (8.31.2015) 
The Strange (and Sad) Life of Bob Diamond, part III (external link)

NEW! (8.4.2015)  Gothamist Article: Is It Maybe, Possibly, Actually Time For A Brooklyn-Queens Waterfront Streetcar? (external link)

NEW! (7.8.2015)  Biographical essay recently published: Part II The Strange (And Sad) Life of Bob Diamond  - also here is part 1

NEW! (7.2.2015)  Researchers from Yale are analyzing the insanely high cost of U.S. rail projects. Hint: its NOT the unions (external link)

NEW! (6.28.2015)
  Slide Show - Streetcar / AA Tunnel - full show with embedded videos , narrated by Bob Diamond (huge pdf file - 355mb)

NEW! (6.28.2015)  BHRA Museum Plan  (3.6mb PDF)


NEW! (6.10.2015)  Gothamist Article:
1930s Trolley Map Shows How Connected Brooklyn Was (external link). 

NEW! (3.14.2015)  Interactive map of the Brooklyn streetcar system, circa 1930.  It works just like a modern Google street map (external link)

NEW! (2.15.2015) 
BHRA's Narrows Tunnel Plan - (subway to SI and freight service to L.I.):  Full Report w/ Documentation  (large file: 40mb PDF)

UPDATED! (2.13.2015)  BHRA's Narrows Tunnel Plan - (subway to SI and freight service btw NJ and L.I.)  - also BHRA's critique of the PANYNJ's plan. (1mb PDF)


NEW! (2.9.2015)    BHRA's saga since 1980: a tunnel, streetcars, developers, film shoots, and Brooklyn politicians: The Strange (and Sad) Life of Bob Diamond

NEW! (1.24.2015)  Original construction plans for the "Narrows Tunnel" btw Brooklyn and Staten Island  - added to the Narrows Tunnel page!


NEW! (1.11.2015)  Can Streetcars Make A Comeback In The Bronx & NYC?  (external link)
 
NEW! (1.11.2015)  Will Streetcars Make a Comeback in the Bronx?   (external link)

NEW! (12.6.2014)  The prophetic 1946 pamphlet E. J. Quinby wrote regarding the conspiracy to destroy America's urban mass transit systems.  (small pdf)

NEW! (11.29.2014)  NY Daily News article on a rail tunnel between Staten Island and Brooklyn


NEW! (11.29.2014)  MTA Reinvention Report - 100 year plan - PDF of complete document.  Note the streetcar (light rail) component (external link to MTA)

NEW! (11.28.2014) Bronx Times-Reporter article: Bob Diamond's streetcar presentation in the Bronx

NEW! (10.4.2014) Bob Diamond on BBC Radio:  The Map That Made Manhattan  (Bob is featured at: Intro, 14min, 18min)

UPDATED! (10.4.2014) 
New Red Hook Brooklyn Streetcar Study by BHRA (large file: 38.9mb PDF)

NEW VIDEO! (7.4.2014)  Steam train running in the London Underground (5 mins in shows what it must have been like inside the Atlantic Ave Tunnel  in the 1800s)

NEW! (6.30.2014)  Newsweek article featuring BHRA : The Fight to Find John Wilkes Booth’s Diary in a Forgotten Subway Tunnel (text only PDF) or (full 6m PDF)

NEW! (6.30.2014)  Newsweek article featuring BHRA : America's Invisible Trolley System (text only PDF) or (3m jpeg w/ pictures)


NEW VIDEO! (5.13.2014) Video on the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel that was accepted to the Brooklyn Film Festival. (external link)

NEW! (5.12.2014) Epoch Times - "Finding the Lost Atlantic Avenue Tunnel"

NEW! (5.12.2014)  Brooklyn Eagle Article  - "New Streetcar Plan Re-ignites old Red Hook Controversy"

NEW! (4.4.2014) Info on the Kickstarter project for the Red Hook Streetcar Study

NEW! (1.14.2014)  Other Recent Streetcar News Reported in the National Press:  Streetcar operations cost $1.50 per ride, while the bus costs $2.82

NEW! (1.14.2014)  Other Recent Streetcar News Reported in the National Press:  Funding a $140 million streetcar project without any federal grant money


NEW! (12.23.2013)  Brooklyn Eagle Article - "De Blasio gives Diamond hope for Red Hook trolley plan" (PDF)

NEW! (12.23.2013)  Article from Second Avenue Sagas - "Is light rail right for Red Hook?" (external link)

UPDATED! (1.14.2014) 
Deputy Mayor & Prominent Urban Planners / Developers Enthusiastically Endorse BHRA's Brooklyn Streetcar Project

NEW! (8.7.2013)
Recent Articles on the Current Resurgence of the Red Hook Streetcar Project

NEW! (5.27.2013)
Some of the Comments posted on the "Petition to Restore the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Tours"

NEW! (3.11.2013) New Streetcar Possibilities for Brooklyn - Presentation (3.3mb PDF)

NEW! (1.16.2013)
The legend of the 1830s locomotive buried in tunnel is true!  Here is recent media coverage

NEW Video! (1.2.2013)  News 12 coverage of the pre- Civil War era locomotive known to be within the Atlantic Avenue tunnel

NEW! (
12.18.2012  New (Dec 2012) Proposal for A Streetcar Line For Manhattan's 42nd Street!

UPDATED! (11.10.2012)  FOUND - 1830's LIRR Locomotive Buried Under Atlantic Ave - New link to Full Scientific Report

UPDATED! (11.2.2012)  FOUND - 1830's LIRR Locomotive Buried Under Atlantic Ave - New Scientific Proof of Buried Locomotive and Tunnel Status Update

UPDATED!
(9.14.2012)  The Great Transportation Conspiracy - National City Lines & related corporate conspiracies to destroy America's electrified transit systems

NEW! (9.11.2012)  Photo Montage of Bob Diamond speaking at a Forgotten NY tour in DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge) on Sept 9 2012 (PDF)

NEW! (9.4.2012)  BHRA Before Red Hook: The “DUMBO” Streetcar Project - 1985 to the Present

NEW Video! (8.29.2012)  NYC Planning Commission approves the extension of BHRA's streetcar line onto Red Hook Streets (1999). 

NEW Video! (8.29.2012)  The MTA's Transit-Transit TV show (1995) featuring BHRA projects

UPDATED Video! (8.29.2012)  Volunteers from Summer Youth Program in Brooklyn assisting with BHRA's Red Hook Streetcar Project

NEW Video! (8.17.2012)  NY1 TV News (2002) illustrating BHRA projects from that period: track construction, streetcar fleet and streetcar restoration work

NEW Video! (8.17.2012)  "Cities Betting Big On Streetcars" - Wall Street Journal Video.

NEW Video! (8.10.2012)  Red Hook Streetcar Documentary, Depicting BHRA's c. 2000 Operation

NEW! (6.13.2012)  Bob Diamond's recent Atlantic Avenue Tunnel presentation at the Greater Astoria Historical Society (visuals only) 12m PDF)

NEW! (5.2.2012)  Internet podcast called "ABC Gotham" about the Atlantic Ave Tunnel- it's made by people who were on the tours (external link).

UPDATED! (4.16.2012) 
FOUND - 1830's LIRR Locomotive Buried In The Atlantic Ave Tunnel  - Newly added: Bob's Magnetomer Image Interpretation

NEW! (4.14.2012)  Bob's next public presentation  (external link)

NEW! (3.14.2012)   Atlantic Ave Tunnel- NY City Council Says Open It :) 

NEW! (3.14.2012)  BHRA Revenue Ad in Red Hook Star (PDF)

NEW! (2.11.2012)  Bob is a cartoon now - from "Brooklyn: A State of Mind" (PDF 3.5mb)

NEW! (1.24.2012)  FOUND - 1830's LIRR Locomotive Buried In The Atlantic Avenue Tunnel !!!

NEW! (1.7.2012) The City of New York's sister city, Moscow, Russia also has a long and illustrious Streetcar History. Sergey, an avid member of the like- mind Moscow Tram Society, gives us a webpage full of historical Moscow transportation photos (external link). 

NEW! (1.3.2012)  The General Motors (NOVA Bus) / Fuel Company / Tire Company "National City Lines" Anti- Streetcar Conspiracy Is Alive And Well- In New York City Today!! 


NEW! (12.31.2011)  New Other Video Section added to the Streaming Video Page - featuring 2 videos shown on WCBS-TV's 60 Minutes back in the 1980s: One video about the General Motors Conspiracy To Destroy The American Streetcar System (Circa 1930-1960), and another video about the bad old days of the NYC subway system (circa 1980's): graffiti coated subway cars, gangs mugging riders, - and the famous NYCT Transit Police "Entrapment" Decoy Squad!


NEW! (12.31.2011)  BHRA Tumblr

NEW! (12.12.2011) 
Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Streaming Video Page  - 2 New Videos Added Near Bottom of webpage

UPDATED! (12.7.2011)  Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Streaming Video Page  - 2 New Videos Added at Bottom of webpage

UPDATED! (12.4.2011)  Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Video Page Improved & Reformatted with Better Resolution Streaming Video


NEW! (11.26.2011)  Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Project Video Collection (Many New Streaming Movies and Documentaries)

NEW!  (8.19.2011) the very first tunnel proposal to connect Brooklyn with New York City, ca 1833! 

NEW! 
(8.19.2011) Documents from the 1830s on Railroad Engineering and the building of the LIRR by Major D.B. Douglass

NEW!  (8.8.2011) 
The Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Alternative Design (open cut alternative design c.1832) by Major David Bates Douglass

UPDATED!  (5.03.2011)  Rebuttal to the Derailed URS/NYC DOT Red Hook Streetcar Feasibility Study (PDF) 


NEW!  (4.12.2011)   Streetcar Vs.  Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) - results of an award winning DC streetcar study
 

NEW!  (3.23.2011)   Solar Power Streetcar System?  The possibility of creating a solar powered streetcar system for Brooklyn?

NEW!  (1.22.2011)  Historic Mystery Locomotive: Still Lurking Under Atlantic? (Brooklyn Eagle article, external link)  

UPDATED!  (11.27.2010)  Streetcar Project Update - Notes from the Dec 13th Brooklyn Streetcar Study Advisory Committee (CAC)

NEW!  (12.4.2010) 
Abraham Lincoln's Assassin, John Wilkes Booth, Really Was In Brooklyn - Why?

UPDATED!  (11.21.2010)  Buried Steam Locomotives Rediscovered  (new pics /info regarding NYC elevated RR locomotives unearthed in NC)

UPDATED!  (11.18.2010)  Streetcar Vs. City Bus Cost Comparison (Includes Official FTA 2007 Operating Ratios Spreadsheet) (PDF)

UPDATED!  (10.25.2010)  Additional Info on Passenger Boarding Islands / Areas for Streetcars


NEW!  (10.23.2010)  Bob Diamond's Notes from the Oct 18, 2010 Brooklyn Streetcar Study Community Advisory Committee (CAC)

NEW!  (10.23.2010)  Other Materials from Prior Plans / Studies for Brooklyn Streetcar Lines

NEW!  (10.23.2010)  Earliest View of the LIRR's Greenport Terminus and Intermodal Transfer, circa 1844- 1847

NEW!
 
(10.17.2010)  Rail Freight Service For New York City?  - Federal Money May Now Be Freed Up! (PDF)

NEW!  (10.15.2010)  NY Daily News Article: "Tunnel Gets Love: Guinness World Record for 1844 LIRR Relic"

NEW!  (10.7.2010)  the Atlantic Avenue tunnel is now recognized as the World's Oldest Subway! (According to the Guinness World Records, 2011, pg 203)

UPDATED!  (10.3.2010Why The LIRR Was Built (PDF) - slightly revised text in "foreword" section & new pic added on page 2

UPDATED (9.30.2010The New BHRA Brooklyn Streetcar Proposal (new sections: "project updates")

UPDATED!  (9.30.2010Why The LIRR Was Built . . . In Response To A "Micro Ice Age" That Blocked Steamboat Navigation 100 Days A Year! (PDF)

NEW!  (9.23.2010)  Articles from the Brooklyn Paper, August 2010 - Sept 2010

NEW!
 
(9.11.2010NYC DOT Announces Study To Determine Feasibility Of Streetcars In Brooklyn

NEW!
 
(9.11.2010)  NY Post Article:  "City revamping plan for Brooklyn streetcar line" (PDF)

NEW!  (9.11.2010)  NY1 TV News Report & article:  "City Considers Plan To Revive Brooklyn Trolleys" (external link)

NEW!  (9.11.2010)  The Wall Street Journal:  Red Hook’s Desire for a Streetcar Gets a Boost

NEW!  (9.11.2010)  Cobble Hill Association: Street Cars from the Past in Brooklyn's Future?

NEW!  (9.11.2010)  RIP Robert Amson Olmsted  P.E., F.ASCE He was a longtime friend of BHRA and Former Planning Director of the MTA -
                                     contact for info on memorial services

NEW!  (9.11.2010)  Portraits of Former Presidents of the LIRR (1835 -1862)

UPDATED!  (9.11.2010Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Page (new pictures & formatting for introduction section)

NEW!  (9.8.2010)  Cobble Hill Association's new Blog about the tunnel and streetcar proposal  (external link)

UPDATED
(9.8.2010The New BHRA Brooklyn Streetcar Proposal (index added at top & new sections added and updated).

NEW!  (9.5.2010)  "People Who Wouldn't Ride A Bus Will Ride A Streetcar"- (Michael T. Burns, quoted in Railway Age, May, 2001) - (1mb PDF article)

NEW!  (9.4.2010STREETCAR BASICS - a brief overview of the benefits of a streetcar system (with new pics from a recent visit to Portland, OR)

NEW!  (9.4.2010NEIGHBORHOOD BENEFITS OF A STREETCAR LINE: (excerpts from the book: Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities Design Strategies for the Post- Carbon World (2010)

NEW!  (9.4.2010) Charts & Data on Environmental and Economic Advantages of a Streetcar line (vs. other transit modes)

NEW!  (9.4.2010The Basic Principals of Transit Oriented Development

NEW!  (9.4.2010Objectives of Transit Oriented Development  (excerpts from TCRP Report 95)

NEW!  (8.30.2010Pre-Existing Design and Governmental Approval Documents, 1996- 2001, Pertaining to the Red Hook To Boro Hall Streetcar Project.

NEW!  (8.19.2010The New BHRA Brooklyn Streetcar Proposal (with new map)

UPDATED!  (8.19.2010The New  BHRA Brooklyn Streetcar Proposal Map added to "MAPS" webpage

UPDATED!
 
(8.5.2010The Urban Underground Tunnel - An Illustrated History from Antiquity to the 20th Century (3.9MB PDF File)
                                    (note: works best by downloading it and opening it w/ adobe acrobat - otherwise the math symbols may not read properly)

UPDATED!  (7.11.2010The Science of Railway Locomotion - The Physics Behind Transportation Efficiency (new section at top of page)

UPDATED!
 
(5.30.2010)  Revised Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Tours webpage

UPDATED!  (5.26.2010)  New Images added to Historic Brooklyn Webpage

NEW!  (5.18.2010) NY Post Article: "Trolley good news for Red Hook rail plan"

UPDATED!
 
(5.18.2010) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Page (expanded introduction section)

UPDATED!  (5.8.2010Why Rail Has 20X Energy Saving Advantage Over Rubber Tire Road Vehicles - The Science of Locomotion
                                             New Pic: Early Wood Burning Locomotive Exhaust Partially Covering White Washed Tunnel Roof.

NEW!  (5.8.2010)  C. 1836 "A practical treatise on locomotive engines upon railways" (LIRR employees likely utilized this book to learn about their first locomotives)

UPDATED!  (5.7.2010Why Rail Has 20X Energy Saving Advantage Over Rubber Tire Road Vehicles - The Science of Locomotion
                                             (new image showing "Vehicle Footprints")

UPDATED!  (5.3.2010The Science of Railway Locomotion - The Physics Behind Transportation Efficiency (new section at bottom of page) titled:
                                   Rail Has 20X Energy Saving Advantage Over Rubber Tire Road Vehicles: The Physics Behind Transportation Efficiency

NEW!  (4.22.2010The Science of Railway Locomotion - The Physics Behind Transportation Efficiency

NEW!  (4.20.2010The Lost (Last) Words of John Wilkes Booth - article in American Airline's magazine:"The American Way"

UPDATED!  (4.17.2010) The Great Brooklyn Railroad And Land Development Fraud Of 1859 - 1861 (updated intro & part 1 section)

NEW!  (4.15.2010Why The LIRR Was Built - Its Not Why You Think ! (PDF)

UPDATED!  (4.15.2010) The Great Brooklyn Railroad And Land Development Fraud Of 1859 - 1861 (updated info on:  the "Tunnel Act" and Litchfield vs. Vernon)

UPDATED!  (4.9.2010The Great Brooklyn Railroad And Land Development Fraud Of 1859 - 1861 (new intro, expanded & edited text)

UPDATED!  (4.9.2010  What the LIRR trains that ran through the Atlantic Avenue tunnel in the 1840s looked like

UPDATED!  (4.6.2010The Great Brooklyn Railroad And Land Development Fraud Of 1859 - 1861 (expanded & edited text)

NEW!  (4.4.2010  The Origins of Brooklyn's Cobble Hill- and Its Ghosts !

NEW!  (4.4.2010  What the LIRR trains that ran through the Atlantic Avenue tunnel in the 1840s looked like

UPDATED!  (4.4.2010The Great Brooklyn Railroad And Land Development Fraud Of 1859 - 1861 (New Pic of E.B Litchfield)

UPDATED!  (3.30.2010Ignatius Donnelly's Astrophysical Writings

NEW!  (3.27.2010Ignatius Donnelly's Astrophysical Writings

UPDATED!  (3.18.2010) The Horrors of Steam Powered Travel (from Harper's Weekly, 1865)

NEW!  (3.16.2010Unexpected Connection: The LIRR's E.B. Litchfield and the Author of  "Atlantis: The Antediluvian World"

NEW!  (3.11.2010Why the LIRR Wasn't Completed Before 1837?(PDF) 

UPDATED!
 
(3.5.2010The Great Brooklyn Railroad And Land Development Fraud Of 1859 - 1861

UPDATED! (3.2.2010 Tunnel Tour / Events Page

NEW!  (3.2.2010Early Writings About The Tunnel By The American Society of Civil Engineers

NEW!  (3.2.2010The Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Gets 4 Star Rating From The New Yorker Magazine's "Talk of the Town"

UPDATED!  (2.24.2010The Closing Great Brooklyn Railroad And Land Development Fraud Of 1859 - 1861 (Greatly Expanded Text regarding:
                                               The Circumstances Surrounding the Closing of the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel )


NEW!  (2.13.2010) Green Streetcar Track For Brooklyn? - New Greenscape Rail Construction Page

NEW!
 
(2.9.2010) NBC News:  Secret NYC Subway Tunnel: Oldest in the World

NEW!
 
(2.3.2010) CBS News "Secrets Of Brooklyn: Atlantic Avenue Tunnel" (video on right side of that page)

UPDATED!  (2.1.2010) Updated Tunnel Page Section on : Major David Bates Douglass, the railroad's original Chief Engineer

NEW!  (1.25.2010 NY Times News Article: "President Obama Funding Streetcar Projects, Revises Transit Funding Rules"

NEW!  (1.17.2010 NY Daily News Article: "10 questions for a tunnel guide"

NEW!  (1.13.2010References To The Atlantic Avenue Tunnel As Written In The Cosgrove Report (the book that inspired the Tunnel's discovery)

NEW!  (1.10.2010Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Maps / Drawings / Surveys / Studies

NEW!  (1.10.2010Early LIRR Rolling Stock 1830's - 1861 (pdf)

UPDATED!  (12.29.2009Antebellum Brooklyn Cops

NEW!  (12.24.2009Artifact Proves Folklore About "Bootleggers" In the Tunnel

NEW!  (12.8.2009) Birds Eye Map of Atlantic Avenue Tunnel (1851) added to Tunnel Page 

NEW!
 
(12.2.2009) 1851 Birds Eye Map of NYC / Brooklyn added to Historical Maps Page

NEW!
 
(11.27.2009)  Buried / Abandoned Trains Found Beneath NYC Streets

UPDATED!
 
(11.22.2009)  Tunnel Tale Author G.J.A. O'Toole Was Real Life CIA Spy Master

NEW!  (11.22.2009)  "Bob Diamond's Ups and Downs Trying To Bring Trolleys Back" Brooklyn Heights Press, Nov 19th

NEW!  (11.22.2009)  Pratfolio Pratt People: Bob Diamond

UPDATED!  (11.22.2009) - New Pic & Video-  19th Century Folklore Surrounding The Tunnel: Brooklyn's Notorious "Smoky Hollow" Slum

UPDATED!  (11.17.2009)  The Source 19th Century Folklore Surrounding The Tunnel: Brooklyn's Notorious "Smoky Hollow" Slum

NEW!
 
(10.31.2009)  Is the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Haunted?   (link to Brooklyn Eagle)

NEW!
 
(10.28.2009)  Four Events That Led To The Creation Of The Atlantic Avenue Tunnel- The World's First Subway (PDF)

NEW!
 
(10.20.2009)  The LIRR's Actual And Planned Through Routes (Brooklyn To Boston) Ca. 1844- 1847

NEW!  (10.12.2009) The Huffington Post Rates the Atlantic Ave Tunnel # 4 (out of 350) Open House NYC Attractions

NEW!  (10.12.2009) LIRR - 1845 Report to Stockholders (1.25Mb PDF file) George B. Fisk, President of LIRR, 1845

UPDATED!
 
(10.12.2009)  The Truth Behind The Failure Of The LIRR's Brooklyn To Boston Route, Ca. 1844-1847

UPDATED!
 
(10.4.2009) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Page:  New LIRR goes to Sea Section  - LIRR Steamboats

UPDATED!  (9.30.2009) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Page: Drawings & Engravings of Early LIRR Locomotives

UPDATED!
 
(9.22.2009) Locomotive Roster from the beginning of LIRR to end of operations in the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel

NEW!
 
(9.08.2009)  Red Hook Trolley Idea Picks Up Support: Velázquez Requests $10 Million  (link to Brooklyn Eagle)

NEW!
 
(8.22.2009) Three different transportation studies for the Brooklyn Trolley Project

NEW!  (8.22.2009) $10 million in Federal Funds to build the Brooklyn Trolley Project

NEW!
 
(8.21.2009)  Williamsburg Courier Article: "Bring Back Trolleys: Candidate Bloomberg" (external link)

UPDATED!
 
(8.12.2009) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Page: Historic Photos & Engravings of W. Beard & T. Rogers

NEW!
 
(8.09.2009) Mayor Bloomberg's Proposed Red Hook Streetcar Project (New Web Page)

UPDATED!
 
(7.17.2009Information on the Locomotive in the sealed off portion of the Tunnel ( new 2nd paragraph)

UPDATED!
 
(7.17.2009 Steam Locomotives Found Buried in Unlikely Places Across the US

NEW!
 
(7.14.2009)  Steam Locomotives Found Buried in Unlikely Places Across the US

UPDATED!
 
(7.13.2009) Locomotive Roster from the beginning of LIRR to end of operations in the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel

UPDATED!  (7.9.2009) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Page: Drawings & Engravings of Early LIRR Locomotives

NEW!  (7.6.2009)  Upcoming Tunnel Tour on August 16th

UPDATED!
 
(7.6.2009) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Page: Information on the Locomotive in the sealed off portion of the Tunnel

UPDATED!  (7.6.2009) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Page (Research Section): Watch the c. 1836 LIRR Locomotive (Hicksville) in Action

UPDATED!
 
(6.25.2009) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Page  (3 new historic articles / images)

NEW!  (6.21.2009)  Buried truths in Brooklyn's Atlantic Ave. tunnel (Los Angeles Times)

NEW!  (6.21.2009) Articles from Brooklyn Evening Star (1844):   "Tunnel Construction Overseer Murdered As Strike Called"

UPDATED!
 
(6.21.2009) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Page  (2 tunnel pages combined w/ new page index)

NEW!
 
(6.18.2009) Circa 1989 BHRA Preliminary Streetcar Routes (From the BHRA Archives)

NEW!
 
(6.5.2009) New 1860 Map of NYC Railroads added to Historical Maps Page

UPDATED!  (5.26.2009)  NYC DOT Commish Eyes Streetcars For Brooklyn (new page w/ links to TTC pics)

NEW!
 
(5.21.2009)  Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Historic Research Page:  "Could the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Be Haunted?

UPDATED!  (5.7.2009) Historical Maps Page (broken links fixed)

NEW!
 
(5.7.2009)  Bob Diamond on the Leonard Lopate radio show (WNYC)

UPDATED!  (5.7.2009)  CNN Program featuring BHRA

NEW!  (4.29.2009)  NY Daily News Article

NEW!
 
(4.22.2009)  Upcoming Art Event in The Atlantic Avenue Tunnel on May 16th: "RATART"

UPDATED!  (2.20.2009)  The Tunnel Rats of Atlantic Avenue (New York Times article in .pdf format)

UPDATED!
 
(2.16.2009) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Page  

NEW!  (2.15.2009) 
 The Tunnel Rats of Atlantic Avenue (New York Times article - external link)

UPDATED!  (2.14.2009) The BHRA Trolley Fleet Roster Page - updated list of the trolleys in our possession, on loan and the others
  

UPDATED!  (2.14.2009) The BHRA Donation Page has been improved


NEW!  (1.12.2008 Courier-Life Article: City Probes Return of the Trolley

NEW!  (11.14.2008 Courier-Life Article: Obituary for Elsa Diamond

UPDATED!
 
(11.12.2008) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Page  w/ 2 new pictures

UPDATED!
 
(8.27.2008) The Atlantic Avenue Tunnel will be featured again on the History Channel show "Cities of the Underworld" - airs on Tuesday September 02 (08:00 PM EST), and again on Wednesday September 03 (12:00 AM EST), The episode title is "New York: Secret Societies"

NEW!  (8.6.2008 Courier-Life Article: "Trolleys For Coney Island"

NEW!  (7.29.2008) Blog posting (with photos) about a recent Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Tour (external link)

NEW!  (7.29.2008) Pictures taken during a recent Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Tour (external link)     

UPDATED!   (6.25.2008)  The Narrows Rail Tunnel (The Brooklyn-Richmond Freight & Passenger Tunnel)

UPDATED!  (6.25.2008) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Historic Research Page  recently added:  "The Horror at Red Hook"a story involving the tunnel by H.P. Lovecraft

UPDATED!  (6.25.2008) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Page  w/ 2 new pictures
 
NEW!  (6.22.2008) YouTube Videos Made By Visitors To the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel (external link)

UPDATED!  (5.21.2008Updated Tunnel Tour Page - we now have improved directions w/ maps and closest subway stops.

NEW!
 
(5.4.2008 The "Support BHRA" Donation Page is finally up! 

UPDATED!
 
(4.30.2007) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Page  w/ 4 newly added newspaper articles from 1844 - 1936

NEW!
 
(4.22.2008 Courier-Life Article: "Plunge into Brooklyn's lost subway tunnel" (external link)

NEW!
 
(3.24.2008 Movie trailer for documentary film about the tunnel: What's Behind The Wall (external link)

NEW!
 
(3.24.2008 Courier-Life Article:  "Lost Tunnel" makes a splash on the web

UPDATED!
 
(3.24.2008) Upcoming Tunnel Tours 

NEW!
 
(11.22.2007 Courier-Life Article:  Lights, camera, action in tunnel

UPDATED!
 
(11.21.2007 BHRA VIPs page - a listing of some of BHRA's more famous friends.

NEW!  (11.12.2007 BHRA Coney Island webpage

NEW!
 
(11.10.2007 BHRA Coney Island Transportation Plan (2 MB PDF)

NEW!
 
(11.10.2007 BHRA Coney Island Roller Coaster (PDF)

UPDATED!
 
(11.3.2007) Site Update - Broken Links and Missing Images Fixed.

NEW!
 
(11.3.2007 BHRA VIPs page - a listing of some of BHRA's more famous friends.

UPDATED!
 
(11.3.2007) Delivery of PCCs from Buffalo.   This page documents how we acquired a fleet of PCC trolleys that were stored in Buffalo.  New Documentation added.  These Trolleys were stored in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  If you know what happened to these trolleys, please contact us.  

NEW!
 
(11.2.2007 New Book Released On Little-Known NYC History, Bob Diamond Only Living Person Cited in Book.  Here is a PDF of the first few pages of Unexpected New York (w/ a letter from the author).  Also, here is a link to the the website for Unexpected NY.

NEW!  (11.2.2007 Hollywood Discovers The Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Story (PDF file)  (click here for larger format)

NEW!
 
(11.2.2007 Pictures of Cub Scout Tunnel Tour (external link)

UPDATED!
 
(10.31.2007) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Historic Research Page  recently added:  an article written by Walt Whitman about the tunnel, and a NY Times article from 1893.

NEW!
 
(10.31.2007 Bob Meets with Mayor Bloomberg 

UPDATED!
 
(10.10.2007)   Link fixed to the Granville T. Woods Page - Inventor and pioneer of electric rail technology

UPDATED!  (10.6.2007) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Page  w/ Photos from Recent Tunnel Tours 

NEW!
 
(10.6.2007 Courier-Life Article:
                                                  Inside Brooklyn's Lost Tunnel - Subterranean Thrills Await the Adventurous
(1.7m pdf )

NEW!
 
(10.6.2007 Courier-Life Article:
                                                  City Rediscovers Lost Tunnel - Underground Railway Part of Historic Neighborhood Tour (.5m)



NEW!
 
(10.6.2007 NY_SUN_Article: Under The Streets Of Brooklyn - The World's Oldest Subway Tunnel (.9m)

UPDATED!
 
(8.8.2007) Upcoming Tunnel Tours Page
 

NEW!  (8.7.2007 Supporters of BHRA webpage

UPDATED!
 
(8.7.2007)  Maps Page  - New Red Hook Alternative Route Map & Coney Island Route Map  

NEW!  (8.7.2007 1956 NYC Transit Press Release on the last Day of Trolley Service in NYC

NEW!  (8.7.2007 Why PCCs for Brooklyn? Now available in PDF format

UPDATED!
 
(8.7.2007) Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Historic Research Page  w/ Recent Historical Research by Bob Diamond 

UPDATED!  (8.6.2007PCCs in Europe Page

UPDATED!  (8.6.2007)  updated Streaming Video page with 2 new videos

UPDATED!  (8.6.2007Revised BHRA Staff & Contact Information page

(7.4.2007)  Kansas City Star Article on Brooklyn Waterfront (Includes Pictures of BHRA's Trolley's on the Red Hook Waterfront

(7.4.2007Pictures of BHRA's Trolley's on the Red Hook Waterfront (external link)

(6.14.2007 New!  New York Post Magazine article:
On Track to Better Transport  

(6.14.2007Revised BHRA Events and Tours page

(6.14.2007Revised BHRA Staff & Contact Information page

(3.11.2007Revised homepage with index moved from the bottom of the page, to it's own page.  BHRA Terminal icon now takes you to the web index (listing of all pages on the web site).

(3.11.2007 Brooklynrail Web Index - the complete index to the web pages of brooklynrail.

(3.11.2007Brooklynrail is up again!  
The site is still under construction: We are working on fixing the dead links, and we will be adding new contact emails in the next few weeks.

Older Updates:

UPDATED (4.17.2004)  
News From around the Borough

NEW! New York Times (1.10.2004) 
The Trolley Guy's Last Ride (All 12 Feet of It)   

NEW!  (Posted 1.08.04) 
BHRA in the 1980s - Pictures of trolley #3 running on the streets of DUMBO

Updated  (1.08.04) 
Hyperlinked text added to BHRA History Page. 
 

NEW!  Brooklyn Heights Courier article (Posted 12.31.03) 
City Rips Up Dreams For New Brooklyn Trolley

NEW! New York Daily News ( 12.22.03) 
Dang, dang, dang goes the trolley

NEW!  New York Post  (Posted 12.21.03, Updated 1.05.04) 
Articles written about Arthur Melnick, the founder of the non-affiliated 'Brooklyn City Streetcar Inc.' 

NEW!  Brooklyn Heights Courier (Posted 12.21.03) 
Article by  the founder of the 'Brooklyn City Streetcar Inc.' 

NEW!  Brooklyn Heights Courier article (Posted 12.09.03) 
Trolley King: 'Don't Give Up On Streetcars Just Because City Did'    

NEW! New York Daily News (Posted 12.08.03, Updated 12.09.03 ) 
Tracking trolley folly - Streetcar buff rails as rival revival plan rolls

NEW!  Brooklyn Heights Courier article (Posted 12.07.03) 
Tug-of-War Over Who Will Realize Streetcar Dream
 

NEW! New York Post article (Posted 12.06.03) 
Brooklyn Trolleys Get the Hook

NEW! The Brooklyn Papers article (Posted 12.06.03) 
Trolley War - Who'll Put Streetcars Inside the Park?  

NEW! New York Post article (Posted 11.17.03)  
Getting on the Right Track in Brooklyn

UPDATED (9.18.03)  
News From around the Borough

UPDATED (9.18.03)  
BHRA's Green Initiative (recently added news articles at bottom)

UPDATED (9.3.03)  
Rehabilitation of PCC # 3303

UPDATED (9.3.03)  
Pictures of PCC # 3299  

UPDATED (9.3.03)  
BHRA Rail Fleet Roster Page

New!!  New York Daily News Article:  Soho in Brooklyn (8.15.03)

New!!  Brooklyn Daily Eagle Article: Diamond To Have His Day in Court  (8.14.03)

Updated!  New York Newsday Article (full text and images) : A Breached Trolley Rebirth (8.13.03) 

Updated   News From around the Borough  Page (8.12.03)

New!!  Brooklyn Heights Courier Article: He Found It, Now Trolley King Is Fined For Entering Tunnel (8.11.03)

New!!  New York Newsday Article: A Breached Trolley Rebirth (8.10.03)

Updated!   Project News & Updates Page with a project updates from March 2003 to Current (8.06.03)

Updated!  News From around the Borough (8.05.03)

New!!  New York Sun Article: City Derails Dream of Red Hook Trolley (7.22.03)

New!!  Other News From around the Borough (7.22.03)

New!!  New York City DOT Issues Letter of Revocation Clarification (7.09.03)

New!!  New York City DOT Revokes & Terminates Consent Agreement, and Orders BHRA to Demolish Brooklyn Trolley Project. (6.30.03)

New!!   Project News & Updates Page with a project updates from March 2003 to Current (6.30.03)

New!!  Newly posted New York Times Article from 1997 (how it all started - back when times were good (with vintage route map)). 

New!!   Carroll Gardens Courier Article: 'Rail' Trouble For Trolley King (6.16.03)

New!!   Carroll Gardens Courier Article: "Trolley Gear Swept Off Waterfront" (6.3.03)

New!!   Brooklyn Daily Eagle Article: "City Sends Crew To Seize Trolley Group's Material" (5.28.03)

New!!   Project News & Updates - NYC DOT Scraps Brooklyn Trolley Project (5.27.03)

New!!   Brooklyn Heights Courier Article: End of the Line for End of the Line for Trolley Project?  Property Owner Orders Group Out (5.24.03)

New!!   What's Inside, the (almost) complete index to the web pages of brooklynrail.com  (the index is located at the bottom of the BHRA home page) (3.07.03)

Updated   Streamlined and improved Rail Construction &  BHRA Rail Fleet Page Pages  (3.05.03)

Updated    Granville T. Woods  page  -  revised section relating to recognition of Granville T. Woods contributions during the NYC Subway System's upcoming centennial celebration  (2.17.03)

New!!   When Tug Boats Attack Page  (2.12.03)

New!!   The African Presence in Transportation - A great article written by David Head  (2.12.03)

Updated    Granville T. Woods page  -  new page background and newly posted Historic Newspaper Articles & Headlines (2.12.03)

Updated    Granville T. Woods page - His inventions made New York's Subway system possible  (Text additions) (2.10.03)

New!!    John Henry Page - The Man & The Legend - Facts, Fiction and Themes. Also the 1946 Animated Movie and the Original John Henry Folk Song  (2.07.03)

New!!   North Korean Rapid Transit & Propaganda Poster Page - Pyongyang's Subways /Trolleys/ Trams/ Light Rail of Metro (2.05.03)

New!!    Congressional History Of Railways In the United States (pdf) (published in 1908 and 1910).  All kinds of interesting stuff, including a planned Pacific to Atlantic rail link in Panama and a  proposed magnetically powered trans-continental national railway. Enjoy.  (2.04.03)

Updated  Oddities, Curiosities & sort of relevant (but interesting) stuff (1.31.03)

New!!   Frank Sprague Page- Electric Traction In Space Of Three Dimensions page - we acquired and scanned in Frank Sprague's  1931 Journal Series on electric traction.  Enjoy.  (1.28.03)

Updated Historic Brooklyn Page with newly scanned in Brooklyn Trolley Photos (Peter Witts, PCCs, 6000 Series, etc). (1.24.03)

New!!   Ridiculed Discoverers, Vindicated Mavericks; Weird Research,  Anomalous Physics & Other Weird Science page (1.23.03)

New!!    Granville T. Woods page - His inventions made New York's Subway system possible  (Research documents courtesy of David Head) (1.22.03)

New!!  Oddities, Curiosities & sort of relevant (but interesting) stuff page (1.19.03)

New!!   The BHRA Aerial Photography Project  (Bob's Pictures of Pennsylvania Heavy Industry & the Surrounding Countryside) page (1.19.03)

Updated Maps Page with new Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Map and  Brooklyn Bridge Park Area Preliminary / Conceptual Trolley Line Map (1.12.03)

Restored Why PCCs for Brooklyn page (1.07.03)

Updated Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Page and Rail Fleet page (1.07.03)

New brooklynrail.com web site format.  We have switched from frames to a new HTML format.  Douglas Meehan wrote the HTML and  helped us out with the switch.  This new format should solve the navigation problems  Netscape and Mozilla users sometimes experienced.   (1.07.03)

New Links Page (12.20.02)

New BHRA Contributions & Support Page (12.21.02)

New BHRA Goods Page (BHRA hats, shirts, etc for sale) (12.21.02)

Updated Links Page (12.20.02)

Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Underground Art Events Page (12.20.02)

 

BHRA Brooklyn Trolley Project

Phase II Ribbon Cutting Ceremony  & Recent Events Page (12.15.02)

New Streaming Video and QuickTime Movies  Page(12.10.02)

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