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Inside The Lost Jehovah's Witnesses Tunnels Under Brooklyn Heights

Inside the tunnels. (Photo by Mark O'Donnell)


Blueprints from the documents we received from the Dept. of Transportation. (Gothamist)


Blueprints from the documents we received from the Dept. of Transportation. (Gothamist)



Tunnel-filling photos we received from the Dept. of Transportation. (Gothamist)


Tunnel-filling photos we received from the Dept. of Transportation. (Gothamist)


Tunnel-filling photos we received from the Dept. of Transportation. (Gothamist)



Tunnel-filling photos we received from the Dept. of Transportation. (Gothamist)


86 Willow Street, where you can see work was recently done on the sidewalk. Unclear if this was related to the tunnels and sewer replacement. (Jen Carlson / Gothamist)


The tunnels were not the only secretive amenity at Brooklyn Bethel, there were also a number of pools. This one is believed to be at Kingdom Hall at 124 Columbia Heights. (Brooklyn Public Library)


The tunnels were not the only secretive amenity at Brooklyn Bethel, there were also a number of pools. This one is at 119 Columbia Heights. (<a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/119+Columbia+Heights,+Brooklyn,+NY+11201/@40.6986812,-73.9957486,3a,75y,171.3h,98.32t/data=!3m8!1e1!3m6!1sAF1QipPOpBPIrX3IVpUdrIBOlYfyq_tanLiwl975e121!2e10!3e11!6shttps:%2F%2Flh5.googleusercontent.com%2Fp%2FAF1QipPOpBPIrX3IVpUdrIBOlYfyq_tanLiwl975e121%3Dw203-h100-k-no-pi-0-ya263-ro0-fo100!7i8704!8i4352!4m5!3m4!1s0x89c25a3815d975ab:0x2c5a1343ea681c6f!8m2!3d40.6987382!4d-73.9959041">Google Maps</a>)


Brooklyn Bethel, 1950s. Jehovah's Witnesses lined up for a tour of the Watchtower printing plant. (Brooklyn Public Library)


Brooklyn Bethel, 1950s. 'Witnesses by the thousands line up for an inspection tour of printing plant of Watchtower publications.' (Brooklyn Public Library)



'Part of 15-block line of Jehovah's Witnesses as estimated 20,000 of them invaded today to see new Brooklyn printing plant of Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.' (Brooklyn Public Library)