For New Yorkers, the Second Avenue Subway is something of a punchline, an accepted local synonym for “when pigs fly.” It’s easy to see why: City officials have been talking about a second line on Manhattan’s East Side since the 1920s, and the construction has been delayed so many times that former man-in-charge Michael Bloomberg says he’s got a 50-50 shot at living to see it open (he’s 72).
The line eventually will run 8.5 miles under Second Avenue from Harlem to the Financial District. New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority says the first phase, from 57th Street to 96th Street, will open in 2016, after nine years and some $4.45 billion. Still, it’s easy to be skeptical of either one of those numbers, even if you aren’t a jaded and cynical New Yorker.
But for the workers who spend their days digging, blasting, and building, the project is real. And progress is being made. To prove it, the MTA has published a fresh set of photos showing off what’s happening under the island’s mica schist bedrock. So take a look at a project that’s literally decades in the making.
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