A secret Cold War bunker hidden inside the Brooklyn Bridge

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A secret Cold War bunker hidden inside the Brooklyn Bridge
© Stanley Greenberg
A secret Cold War bunker hidden inside the Brooklyn Bridge
© Stanley Greenberg

Thousands of people each day cross the Brooklyn Bridge , and almost all of them have no clue as to what’s hidden inside the massive structure– let alone that the bridge is full of secret passageways and forgotten rooms. Inside one of the giant stone arches below the bridge’s main entrance on the Manhattan side is a hidden Cold War bomb shelter, packed to the gills with supplies in case of a nuclear attack on New York City— but the exact location had been kept a secret for safety reaons.

In 2006, a routine structural inspection revealed the previously-forgotten vault, which was stockpiled with Civil Defense All-Purpose Survival Crackers (yum, right?), paper blankets, water, and even medication like Dextran, which was used to treat shock (because, as you can imagine, one might be a tiny bit shocked after potentially surviving a flipping nuclear holocaust in New York City). ….

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