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Video Documentaries and Streaming Video


Below you will find Video Documentaries relating to the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel and BHRA projects.  At the Bottom of the page there is a new section we added with videos relating to BHRA, but not featuring us: Other Videos on topics such as Streetcars and Transit in New York City. 


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Video Documentaries on The Atlantic Avenue Tunnel


 
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A 2009 History Channel piece from the show: "Cities of the Underworld" featuring the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel and BHRA's Bob Diamond.



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"What's Behind the Wall" a 2008 Video on BHRA efforts to exhume a 1830 steam locomotive buried under Brooklyn's Atlantic Avenue.




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Video Documentary on Bob Diamond's Atlantic Avenue Tunnel tour, filmed by John Leita of Long Island Oddities in 2008 





Video on BHRA's plan for a light Rail Streetcar loop around Downtown Brooklyn and Red Hook (2001).   The full length original version can be found here 






How to Build an Electric Railroad - Construction of The Brooklyn Trolley Project (2000)

Bill King documents BHRA's Construction, Completion and Operation of the original Red Hook Streetcar Project (Phase I). This Digital Photo Documentary was filmed by Bill King c1999 and was published / copyright by Bill King in 2000.
 
Note: the "Catenery Wire Lineman" Is None Other Than BHRA President Greg Castillo
 



Television and press coverage of BHRA Projects and Initiatives: 




180 Year Old Locomotive Believed To Be Under Atlantic Avenue,
Channel 12 News, Dec 30 2012



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Atlantic Avenue Tunnel News Segment from Channel 12 News
filmed July 29th, 2007 - Channel 12 News)






This NY1 TV News Piece (Feb 2002) shows: the perfectly restored #3303 PCC and #3 streetcars inside our then "Trolley Barn" on the Beard Street Pier; our perfectly built "hand made" PAVED track and catenary wire along the Waterfront; still more track under construction along two City Streets (Conover and Reed); another PCC trolley (the "#70") under restoration at the Beard Street Pier; the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel; our Streetcar Route Plan connecting Red Hook to Borough Hall and our our dozen OTHER PCC streetcars then stored at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.





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

BHRA successfully completed the exhaustive "PHASE II" NYC "CEQR" and "ULURP" processes on June 14, 1999 and December 8, 1999 respectively.  During the Planning Commission vote, NY City Planning Commissioner Anna Hayes Levin (still serving today) stated "I love this project, I'm very happy to vote yes".





The MTA's Transit-Transit TV show, November 1995.

Selected segments highlight the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel, AND the work then freshly underway on the Red Hook Streetcar Project, with Summer Youth Program interns banging in railroad spikes, AND the first Red Hook run of BHRA's "# 3" trolley. It doesn't get any more "Grass Roots" than this! Soon afterwards though, a more "full time" work crew came online, and the generator was replaced by BHRA's own proprietary form of "low voltage AC input", solid- state "static power converter" and "feederless power distribution" system.



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Volunteers from Summer Youth Program in Brooklyn assisting with BHRA's Red Hook Streetcar Project

BHRA's Red Hook Streetcar Project started all the way back in 1993. We even trained local kids from the PJ's to perform restoration work on our PCC cars, and inspired them to continue their education. Many of these volunteers went on to study at Transit-Tech High School in Brooklyn, NY. While the Red Hook streetcar project was a purely "private enterprise initiative", it was a smoothly run, highly efficient operation. Its downfall was unavoidable after NYC DOT became involved, "double-billed" the federal government (FHWA) for the project, then scuttled OUR PROJECT to literally "cover their tracks".  As their final act of desperation to conceal their FRAUD, NYCDOT physically destroyed the track and overhead wire we built, along with 14 PCC streetcars, and all the materials and equipment BHRA privately collected for this project.



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Tunnel Aborted Locomotive Excavation Oct 26 1991

If you have been to one of our Tunnel Tours, you may recall that Bob mentioned an aborted effort to unearth the buried 1830s locomotive back in 1991. This is a compilation of several TV news stories about it.  These aired on Oct 25- Oct 26, 1991. The odd thing, was that the DOT issued us Permits and arranged for a construction company to volunteer its work.  Eleven hours later, the DOT pulled the plug on the expedition already in progress with absolutely no explanation. The DOT even threatened the contractor (that they recruited) with a $50,000 fine.



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Back in 1987, long before BHRA's Red Hook streetcar project, and with the active support of then NYC Mayor Ed Koch, BHRA presented "Trolley Day" in the "DUMBO" section of Brooklyn Heights.  We operated our 1897 # 3 trolley on original street railroad track we had uncovered that summer.



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This Is The Earliest TV Interview On Bob Diamond's Discovery Of The Atlantic Avenue Tunnel. Taped on August 5, 1981 "The Joe Franklin Show", WWOR-TV.


Other Related Video Documentaries and Streaming Video

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Back in the late 1950's General Motors was found guilty in Federal court of purposely destroying the entire U.S. streetcar industry. Their very first victim, was Manhattan's streetcar system, with then NYC Mayor LaGuardia acting as their paid stooge/facilitator (said to have been "gifted" company stock under his wife's name).

In true old-school investigative reporting style, this CBS-TV 60 Minutes piece (from Dec 6, 1987) on the destruction of the L.A. streetcar system provides an in depth overview of precisely what conspiratorial General Motors, and the misguided, passive- aggressive administration of Dwight "I'd rather play golf than serve as President" Eisenhower did to wreck the sustainable transportation capability of the U.S.


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Here's a great look at the bad old days of the NYC subway system circa 1980's: graffiti coated subway cars (Red Birds, R-44's), ghetto blaster radios, gangs prowling the subways and mugging riders, - and the famous NYCT Transit Police "Entrapment" Decoy Squad!  Appeared on WCBS-TV 60 Minutes, Dec 6, 1987





"Cities Betting Big On Streetcars" - Wall Street Journal Video.
This WSJ "News Hub" video was the "preamble" to a substantive WSJ newspaper article on new U.S. Streetcar systems, which appeared on page 3 of the Aug 15, 2012 edition of the WSJ.



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