Construction began on October 28th, 1940 with a groundbreaking ceremony with President Franklin D Roosevelt. Robert Moses attempted to halt construction of the tunnel indefinitely with the proposal of a bridge instead. The bridge was voted against and President Roosevelt saw to it that the original plans were completed.
The Brooklyn Battery Tunnel connects traffic from Lower Manhattan to Brooklyn . The tunnel is named after The Battery, the southernmost tip of Manhattan where an artillery battery was located during the city’s earliest history. The tunnel is currently maintained by The Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority.