This building I saw in New York. Not a single window, just those huge air vent things. Evil Buildings

This building I saw in New York. Not a single window, just those huge air vent things.

This cool evil building was discovered at Reddit by user scrpy-nprs.

60 Replies to “This building I saw in New York. Not a single window, just those huge air vent things. Evil Buildings”

  1. There’s a building kinda like this in Cleveland that’s an at&t server building. It’s full of giant computers and not many people so that’s probably why there’s no windows

  2. This was originally built as part of the Long Lines project. It was a network of hardened AT&T communications sites set all over the country that were intended to survive attack. In the event all other normal telephone systems were knocked out, strategic sites could still communicate with each other via these hardened central offices and microwave repeater locations.

    I got the privilege of working in one of these without knowing what I was getting into. We thought we were just gonna go do some electrical work for AT&T. Our address was a little shack next to a radio tower out in the middle of a field. It didn’t seem strange–I just assumed there was some power gear in the shack that ran the antenna–but when they rolled up the bay door the entire building was just a huge freight elevator that dropped about 8 stories into the earth.

    At the bottom was a 3 level bunker that had originally housed the telephone equipment and living quarters for the crew and soldiers who would staff the place during an attack. Most of it had been gutted out and there were just cavernous rooms, thousands of square feet of empty space.

    They had their own water wells and filtrations systems, air purifiers, all exterior vents and doors were vaulted and blast hardened, and internal utilities were all mounted on springs to survive the shock waves. Even mostly empty, it was pretty incredible.

  3. Yeah, this building holds all the internet cables that flow from the US to Europe, I believe. Its able to withstand a nuclear blast, or is supposed to be. It’s essentially a massive fallout shelter/military intelligence base. I watched a documentary about it on history channel once lol

    Edit: not all cables obviously and obviously not a direct nuke hit. Lol

    If you think this building is dope, check out my band on

  4. It’s the AT&T long lines building, somebody posted the address above. It houses something to do with the trans Atlantic telecom cables

  5. I live in New York and I know this building. But I used to live in Columbus and worked during school for the Ohio State University telephone department and it was in a building that likewise didn’t have any windows.


    I think there are buildings like this in a lot places, and they’re built sturdy like this to protect telecomm capabilities.

  6. A similar type structure is the San Diego port control building right beside the San Diego International Airport. It was built during WW2 to take hits from a Japanese bombardment when it was being used for the aircraft industry supporting the war efforts.

    While hardened above ground structures still exist (or older structures repurposed into national security sites for ease of controlling access or eavesdropping on office communications), this is a relic of the near end of the post WW2 infrastructure. Probably was the phone trunk for the Atlantic cables back in the day.

  7. Just about every ATT building I can recall is the same. Concrete. Vents. No windows.

    Key largo area, west palm, several others.

  8. Man, I just went so deep into the articles on phone switches… I am an enthusiast when it comes to phone switches, even run a few in production for some businesses. The control computers are what amazes me, they range from duplex computers that are failover processor design running a special real-time UNIX, to a Sparc station running a simplex emulator of that UNIX. And the usage of ram to store voice samples so they can be shuffled through the main switching module during the assigned time frame for that circuit is such mind-blowingly Bell and AT&T style thinking.

    Freezing samples to send them through a switch that routes based on time division. I can see this as something that requires some creative engineering to make reliable.

  9. “The building is reportedly home to a National Security Agency surveillance facility”

    We have a winner!

  10. One of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had was right near there.

    My wife and I are real foodies and we typically don’t like the super expensive restaurants in New York but the stuff that’s a tier below is usually different and exciting and tasty.

    Atera was something else though. $250 a head and it sits 12 people sitting in a semi circle. In the middle stands the guy explaining the courses to you and behind him are the preparers. It’s forage good and they put all 20+ courses together using magnifying glasses and tweezers. Each course is tiny and amazing and you wonder how you’re going to get full but by the end of it you’re bloated.

    My wife was heavily pregnant at the time so I was only one drinking and got plastered. One of the beauties about this place is that the music they played was 70s 80s and 90s adult contemporary. My wife dragged me out of the place singing along to November rain.

    That building freaked us out though. I pictured thousands of workers slaving away with no air or sunlight. I completely forgot about it until I saw this picture of it. Brings back memories of an amazing night.

    If you’re ever there and want to treat yourself to an incredible dining experience forget the rest of the more famous ones. This can’t be beat. But it’s heavy on the wallet.

  11. Probably filled with cats, they just don’t want you to see the secret of how the tubes create internet power.

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