March 29, 2010

Tunnel Vision

The Second Avenue Subway (SAS) is a rapid transit subway line, part of the New York City Subway system, currently under construction underneath Second Avenue in the borough of Manhattan.

As a consequence of the many “false starts”, the SAS is often cited as an example of bureaucratic red tape and government incompetence. However, the reasons for its delay are numerous and complex. The line is sometimes referred to as “The Line That Time Forgot”.

–Wikipedia, Second Avenue Subway


Over the weekend, he MTA posted photos of excavation for the Second Avenue Subway between 91st and 96th on Facebook. I can only assume that the MTA’s PR department has a dedicated 20-something Social Media Coordinator who decided to try his or her hand at creating the next viral hit.

Here’s a selection of my favorites, tastefully re-touched for dramatic effect—where’s Ryan McGinley when you need him?

Second Avenue Sagas via Curbed. Also on Gothamist.


NYMag featured the “Line That Time Forgot” in a 2004 article; read more about recent SAS-related developments here. The G, on the other hand, is the Line That I Wish I Could Forget.

Try as I might to resist an obvious pun, I can’t help myself: the MTA is boring tunnels.


A couple more pics—plus an indie rock classic, a house and an infant—after the jump.


» The Arcade Fire – Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) (4:48) – 6.95MB mp3 @ 200kbps


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Somewhat related (as usual): Inhabitat recently posted this contemporary cave dwelling:


I feel like this is somehow the inverse of the “New Caveman Lifestyle” that was featured in the Times a few months ago, but paleo-chic is still beyond me.

Lars Tunbjork via NYTimes; also featured on Unhappy Hipsters.

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