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Why yes, all your worst paranoid delusions are correct, and not only are your neighbors and the police watching you, your neighbors ARE the police. And they have a network of underground tunnels! If you happen to live next door to 58 Joralemon in Brooklyn Heights, at least.
It's one of the neighborhood's worst-kept secrets that the building, which appears to be a regular neighborhood brownstone, actually leads to what the Brooklyn Eagle described as "a grimy-lit set of metal stairs that ascend past utility boxes and ventilation shafts into a windowless room with a door."
Creepy, yes, but the passages mainly serve as a means for allowing NYPD officers to enter and patrol the subway system, which is by no means a terrible idea.
And so concludes this exhaustive historical quiz. Did you do well? Your reward is a smug sense of superiority. If not, don't beat yourself up too much. Whether your knowledge is newfound or just newly proven, you'll now be the weirdest and best person to talk to at whatever party you next attend. Everyone wins!
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