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The Light At The End of the Tunnel

BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

191 Street Tunnel - Welcome the Heights

Art has a way of transforming things. Old things. Things that are long overdue, practically begging, for transformation. Things such as Tunnel Street. Yes, that is the actual name of the three blocks long pedestrian tunnel that connects Broadway with the No. 1 train station at 191st Street. A train station, might I add, that is 18 stories down from St. Nicholas Avenue. An article published in the NY Times on March 9th, 1913 billed the tunnel as the “world’s first tunnel street.”

191 Street Tunnel - Uptown

What ever it is, a tunnel or a street or both, it has seen better days. As a kid coming up in Washington heights in the late 80’s and early 90’s, the tunnel was a forbidding and downright despicable place. It was riddled with trash, crack vials, spent shells and was rat infested. In the summer, the walls would quite literally ooze dirty water. On top of being disgusting, the tunnel was also quite dangerous. In 1990 the 191st Street station was at the very top of the list of reported subway crimes, coming in 410th out of 469 stations.

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Man Who Intervened in Manhattan Biker Assault Testifies | NY Times

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Hero Who Save Man From Biker Attack

Sergio Consuegra testified Thursday at the trial of two motorcyclists accused of taking part in a gang assault in 2013. Mr. Consuegra stepped in to stop the assault. (Photo: Sam Hodgson | NY Times)

A Washington Heights man who intervened as a gang of motorcyclists was beating the driver of a sport utility vehicle testified on Thursday that he still did not know why the attackers listened to him.

The man, Sergio Consuegra, said he saw several bikers drag Alexian Lien from his car and begin to smash his head with their helmets and fists, while two other motorcyclists tried to pull Mr. Lien’s wife, Rosalyn Ng, from the passenger’s seat, one of them saying, “You’re going to get it, too.”

Mr. Consuegra, 53, said he waded into the fray after Mr. Lien went down, his body not moving and his face bloodied. He said he held out his arms and barked at the enraged bikers. “I said: ‘That’s it, guys, let it go! Let it go!’ ” he testified at the trial of two men accused of taking part in the attack.

“Somehow I managed to stop them,” Mr. Consuegra added. “They might have gotten confused because I spoke to them in a strong tone, and they kind of froze. That’s what happened.”

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