Staten Island

Friday, October 24, 1947

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Second program in a series (each Friday at 6:30) created in cooperation with the New York City Tunnel Authority.

Joe and Alice talk about why, where, and how to take the tunnel. For commercial drivers, a service is offered to plot routes. Importance of keeping vehicles in good condition.

What do the five boroughs have to give?

Staten Island: "World's Biggest Excursion for a Nickel;" harbor scenery; a good place to read; five mile ride: Governor's Island, Immigrants' Island, fleets of boats, Statue of Liberty, etc.; first movie lots were in Staten Island ("Perils of Pauline," etc.); Henry Hudson; the Dutch and English purchases; one of the original counties of the County of York; 1661: first permanent village; oldest known schoolhouse; religious sites; governors. Thanks to the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 8455

Hosted by:

Joe Fishler and Alice Lloyd


New York City Tunnel Authority


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About Take the Tunnel

Presented in cooperation with the New York City Tunnel Authority, this series provides historical context for "jaunts around the city."

The show's title is also its mantra, with the hosts repeatedly imploring you to "take the tunnel" on your travels between Manhattan and Queens and Long Island. Encouraging informed use of the city's tunnels, this program also covers transit issues while incorporating idealized portraits of nearby destinations. 


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