NYC Subway Tunnel Exploring

Below you will find an abbreviated listing of some of the hundreds of clandestine explorations we have made within the NYC subway system over the last 20 years. We carry on a tradition of exploring these tunnels that dates back to the first days of subway operation, and continued on by early formers and later, the graffiti artists who explored tunnels looking for lay up trains to bomb.

Many of the names and other identifying characteristics of these locations have been purposefully obscured for safety and security sake, while other well documented spots (such as the abandoned stations) are freely named.

The subway tunnels of NYC are a dark, dirty, often deadly place. We suggest that you do not enter these tunnels ( it is after all "illegal"), but if you find yourself compelled to, study these tunnels well before you make the jump off the platform. Ride the train and watch from the windows. Observe. Learn. Only through strict self guided education will you learn the ways of the subway tunnel exploring Jedi.

For a more complete guide to exploring NYC's subway tunnels, we humbly suggest picking up this book.

Brooklyn Zoo, Terrify

Another night, another tunnel

Highest Lowpoint

At the highest point in the system lays this lowest layup track, dipping below all others and dead ending. The logic behind this strange structure has long been lost, and the track here was both little used and recently removed during the current viaduct rehabilitation project.

MTA Snow Subway Service, Explained.

For anyone that might not understand why some subway lines run in the snow, while others do not, consistently year after year, here’s a mini guide with explanations that the MTA never seems to want to admit to. Let’s take this Line by Line with 4 samplings of major routes. The A Train: The A […]

The Blue Bolt Express

Here is ritual, here is religion.

The Underbelly Project

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How to escape from a subway tunnel.

Hypothetical situation: You’re on the train going to work. There is a loud bang. The train stops in the middle of the tunnel. There are no announcements and there is suddenly smoke in the air. There’s no MTA personnel in sight, because they’ve been incapacitated. How do you escape? Sadly, how to escape from a […]

Abandon The G-Make it into a Bike Lane

Epic Photoshop work by Sir McVeigh Lance There is no hope for the G train. NYC’s lonely ‘crosstown local’ has been the subject of MTA neglect for decades. Originally planned as a feeder connecting various large trunk lines heading into Manhattan, 2 of which were never built (despite provisions for them having been constructed) – […]