How a Train Tunnel Became the Center of NYC’s Art Scene | I Was There



In this episode of “I Was There”, VICE meets Chris Pape, a renowned artist known for his graffiti work in the “Freedom Tunnel”. The tunnel runs under Riverside Park in Manhattan and was used for freight trains until its closure in the 1980s. Once closed, a community of homeless people began to flourish. Chris Pape talks about his experience with this community and the art he practiced there until the tunnel completely shuttered a decade later.

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28 comments

  1. I need a creative space like this. We all do, I bet. That rendition of Goya's Third of May was arresting–I had to pause and take it in. I'm so glad this footage exists so that we can marvel at such a magical phenomenon.

  2. After decades of fame, Amtrak painted over most of Chris's pieces a few years ago. That spot still has a lot of graffiti history left in it though, not everything was buffed.

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