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Title [Mayor Hylan breaking ground for Richmond-Brooklyn tunnel]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Date 1923
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W photo print. View of a group of men standing; most of the men wear suits; one man at the back of the group wears a police uniform, and a boy at left wears what looks like a uniform of some type. Another crowd of men and women stand in the background behind a barrier with American flag bunting. The man in the front center (New York City Mayor John F. Hylan) holds a pick; another man (possibly Staten Island Borough President John A. Lynch) holds a shovel. Handwritten identification by SIHS on reverse: "Mayor Hylan Breaking / Ground for Tunnel St. Geo. / 1922". Handwritten inscription on reverse in a different handwriting: "1922 TUNNEL".

Print size 3.5 x 5.75 inches
Acquisition Gift of Timothy Sullivan
Ownership and History This photograph was given to the Staten Island Historical Society by District Attorney Timothy Sullivan in 1976.

The 1922 date handwritten on the reverse of the photograph is believed to be an error. Groundbreaking for the Staten Island end of the ill-fated Narrows tunnel took place on July 19, 1923. On July 20, coverage of the event in the Staten Island Advance carried the headline, ”Hylan Pledges Work on Narrows Tube Will Be Pushed Rapidly to Completion.”

Work on the project halted in 1925 after a dispute regarding the development of New York Harbor.
Earliest Date 1923
Latest Date 1923
Subjects Ground breaking ceremonies
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Lynch, John A.
Catalog Number 76.013.0004
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2012.
Legal Status Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.