Holland Tunnel Entrance
The Holland Tunnel, connecting Manhattan
to Jersey City, was started in 1922
and completed in 1927, allowing cars to drive
into New York City from New Jersey for the
first time. Though the name evokes New York City's
Dutch heritage, it actually honors Clifford Milburn Holland,
chief engineer of the project, who died on October
7, 1924, the day
before the tunnels dug from New York and New Jersey
were con- nected.
The project was completed by famed
tunnel designer Ole Singstad, whose pioneering
ventilation system allowed the Holland Tunnel to be
the first vehicular tunnel of substantial length.
On I Love Lucy, Lucy is said to have made
U-turn in the Holland Tunnel, tying up traffic all the
way to East Orange. The mutant insect in The Deadly
Mantis is killed here with nerve gas.