Amid fears of Axis sabotage, the city's Office of Civilian Defense was created in 1941 under Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia. By the 1950's, magazines were trying to predict what would happen if, say, a 20-megaton bomb were dropped on Manhattan.Back half a century ago and more, in those halcyon pre-911 days when, according to Dubya's somewhat blurry understanding of history we thought the oceans would protect us, while New York City officials were proposing building a bomb shelter under the flower beds in front of the New York Public Library, someone stashed a supply of “water drums, medical supplies, gauze bandages and bitter-tasting ration crackers” under the Brooklyn Bridge's main entrance ramp in lower Manhattan (which would make it an easy walk, by the way, from the World Trade Center site). Which was recently discovered. The cache, that is, not the bridge. The bridge, as far as I know, has been pretty much right there all along.
The Museum of the City of New York wants to add some of the supplies to its “collection of ephemera,” the NY Times reports.