Construction photos of NYC’s Second Avenue Subway are otherworldly
Wayne Grayson | June 17, 2013
MTA Second Ave Subway 1

Credit: Patrick Cashin/MTA

“When you look at my pictures, you do get a sense that you’re in the center of the Earth. Sometimes it’s like another planet.”

That’s what Patrick Cashin, a staff photographer for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York, told Flickr when the photo sharing website recently interviewed him for a blog post on the astounding photographs he’s taken while documenting the construction of the Second Avenue Subway.

Cashin’s pictures are truly otherworldly, depicting workers and otherwise large machines being dwarfed by the cavernous tunnel they’ve created beneath bustling New York City.

MTA Second Ave Subway 5

Credit: Patrick Cashin/MTA

The Second Avenue Subway is the first line to be built in NYC since 1932. The $4.5 billion project began in 2007 when workers began excavation on 80-foot-tall tunnels that are dug with a 485-ton tunnel boring machine.

“What’s really impressive is when you walk through where the tunnel boring machine had cut the 22-foot hole,” Patrick told Flickr. “And and then BOOM, you’re in this huge cavern. It’s this huge hole (110 feet tall) where the 72nd Street Station is going to be, and it just hits you how big, how much digging they had to do to get this cavern made. It’s just amazing.”

Enjoy some of Cashin’s photos here and to see the full MTA photostream on Flickr click here.


MTA Second Ave Subway 3

Credit: Patrick Cashin/MTA


MTA Second Ave Subway 2

Credit: Patrick Cashin/MTA


MTA Second Ave Subway 4

Credit: Patrick Cashin/MTA


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