When we arrived at this tunnel, it had never been photographed before. Only a few daredevil graffiti artists even knew it existed, and everyone was tight lipped about how to get in. Make no mistake – getting in was a challenge, but we don’t do this because it’s always easy.
This tunnel is one of two sections of the Second Avenue Subway built in the 1970s. It runs 10 blocks under Harlem. It is suppose to be included in Phase 2 of the second avenue subway project (the first phase, from 63rd to 96th streets, is supposed to open in 2016). The end of Phase 2 is suppose to be 125 street, so this portion of tunnel is hugely significant – and should mean that phase 2 is built quickly. Of course, I somehow doubt that will happen. It’s impossible to follow NYC’s infrastructure projects and not be very skeptical of when, or even if, they will be completed.
All of that said, here’s a quick look at this tunnel.