Today’s news:

Tunnel king’s mom passes away-Elsa Diamond dies at the age of 85

Elsa Diamond, the indefatigably enthusiastic mother of urban explorer Bob Diamond, died Nov. 9 at Maimonides Medical Center. She was 85 years old.

The cause of death was complications from pneumonia and cancer, her son said.

Born in Borough Park, Elsa Diamond attended New Utrecht High School and later worked as a cosmetologist.

In the 1980s, her son, an engineering student at the time, used old newspaper articles and citations in assorted texts to rediscover the old Long Island Railroad tunnel sitting dormant under Atlantic Avenue between Hicks and Court Streets.

Elsa quickly became his biggest booster.

Barely five and a half feet tall, Elsa had a giant spirit. She embraced the role as her only son’s public relations ‘guru’ with brio, calling this newspaper almost weekly to kvell about her son’s latest exploits, or publicizing his latest tunnel tour.

“She loved the mystique and all the mysterious legends surrounding the tunnel,” Bob said.

Elsa beamed when her 48-year-old son was recently featured on the History Channel program “Cities of the Underworld.” ,

“I love it–are you kidding?” she said at the time.

And when her boy got the attention of a documentary filmmaker, that wasn’t too shabby, either. “He deserves it,” she said.

A memorial service was scheduled for Nov. 14 at Sherman’s Flatbush Memorial Chapel 1283 Coney Island Avenue at 2 p.m.

--Gary Buiso

Pin It
Print this story Permalink

Reader Feedback

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

CNG: Community Newspaper Group