June 17, 2013
Back in March, Gothamist-founder Jake Dobkin had the enviable opportunity to take a tour of Manhattan’s Second Avenue subway construction, deep below the surface of the Upper East Side, and took some incredible photos of the mega-project’s progress (see the photos here). Dobkin’s photos give a rare look into the borrowing subterranean world that construction workers inhabit each day. Since March, workers continue to tirelessly tunnel through the bedrock under Second Avenue, inching closer to the future opening of New York City’s first subway since 1932. Recently, the MTA released exciting updated photos on their Flickr page, which show the remarkable progress that’s been made in the past couple months.
The deep tunnels of Second Avenue look entirely mysterious; a mind-blowing network of connecting caverns covered in curing concrete. Rippling bright yellow layers drape the interior of the illuminated tunnels, giving them a radioactive appearance as the cement dries. In some photos, the droopy, damp concrete resembles the stalactites and exposed rock of deep caves. Others show the MTA’s rapid progress, as the shapes and forms of future stations look nearly finished. While noisy construction has been causing numerous controversies as the subway moves along, MTA’s photographs show that a less congested commute in Upper Manhattan is not too far away, with the opening of the Second Avenue line’s initial phase in 2016. Click through to see them all!