An appellate court ruled last week that the city was within its rights to block Bob Diamond from accessing the circa-1844 Long Island Rail Road tunnel he discovered in 1980, striking another blow to the rail buff's efforts to continue his decades-long excavation of the historic tunnel, named the world's oldest subway tunnel by the "Guinness Book of World Records." Even worse for Diamond, new information just came to light (too late to help) revealing that the reason the Department of Transportation put a stop to the project probably had less to do with public safety than with a personal grudge, as the DOT was worried that Diamond was making them look bad in a National Geographic documentary on the tunnel. The fight is not over, as Diamond's lawyer told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, "We're filing an amended complaint," but it's not looking great.
· Court rules city within right to revoke a use of Atlantic Ave. subway tunnel [Eagle]
· Tunnel vision: how an obsessed explorer found and lost the world's oldest subway [The Verge]
· Why Did NYC Derail a Historic Subway Tunnel's Excavation? [Curbed]