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Second Avenue Subway, 1970s Harlem Segment

Published on: October 29th, 2008 | Last updated: November 4, 2015 Written by:

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.














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2 responses to “Second Avenue Subway, 1970s Harlem Segment”

  1. Union Tpke says:

    Hi, thanks for the pictures. Apparently, the MTA as part of Phase 2 will be destroying the whole section and wasting money. http://web.mta.info/capital/sas_pdf/Community%20Board%2011%20Presentation%204.5.16%20Final.pdf

    I think that you would agree that they should just use the existing segment and have a center island platform.

  2. Chris says:

    Sadly, there may be good logic in destroying the whole section and rebuilding. The MTA has committed to making all new stations ADA compliant, and wants to install air conditioning (if possible, as I understand things) as part of the design. Segments built in the 1970’s did not have these requirements, and likely can not be used. Interstaton segments may not be deep (or shallow) enough to connect with the line now in use. So, we must ask why the segments can’t be used as is before destroying them.

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