Midtown Tunnel

Midtown Tunnel - Queens, New York

Midtown Tunnel – Queens, New York

Travel west on the Long Island Expressway (Interstate 495) takes you to the Midtown Tunnel, seen above. It crosses under the East River into Midtown Manhattan — hence the name, I suppose. I counted six ways to make the jump between Long Island, where Queens and Brooklyn are located, to Manhattan — four bridges and two tunnels.

Long ago, before the advent of crowdsourced dynamically-updating traffic maps on smartphones, we all had our different ways of getting to the island. For whatever reason, my father often took the Queensboro Bridge. Perhaps it’s because it was free.

Bridges have their architectural beauty, but I suppose there are visually attractive elements of tunnels, too — the simple leading lines for one and the color and reflections of the tile.

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