You wouldn't believe it just by looking at it, but this slice of 60s Americana is located three feet underneath a New York City park. Or, at least, it was back in 1964. Whether it's still there remains a mystery—one almost as fascinating as the reason it was constructed in the first place.
The late 1950s and early 1960s marked the most dangerous days of the Cold War. Tensions with the Soviet Union had reached a boiling point, resulting in an uncomfortably close brush with full-scale nuclear annihilation during the Cuban Missile Crisis. This threat of radioactive extermination was enough to whip the American people into a full-blown security frenzy not seen again until the days following 9/11. This public hysteria served to boost interest in bunker homes, which had been marketed—largely unsuccessfully—to the American public for the a decade. Into this frenzy stepped Jay Swayze, a contractor from Plainview, Texas, with a vision to build not just underground homes, but entire communities, towns, and cities—a veritable utopia of mole men and women.