New York City's transit system is one of the oldest in the world and for the first time in 60 years, a new subway line is getting built to ease congestion on the other lines. What does building a new subway deep below New York City look like? The Gothamist's Jake Dobkin has some eye-popping photos. Let's take a look.
At 107-years-old, the New York City Transit subway system is relatively ancient when compared to the squeaky clean subway stations of Kazakhstan's Almaty Metro. As a New Yorker my entire life, I can honestly say the subway trains, stations and platforms aren't the cleanest, nor are the trains the most reliable (it seems like the construction never ends), but it is uniquely the gem of the city.
Without the NYC subway, millions of commuters would be unable to get to where they need to go, whether that's between the five immediate boroughs or over to New Jersey or Long Island.
After years of back and forth, the new "T" line is finally taking shape and should help take the stress load off the other lines. Luckily, along with the new stations, air-conditioning and cellphone service (perks subway systems in other cities have) will come along for the ride.
Needless to say, to build subway tunnels, you need powerful drills and rock-blasting machines to dig up the massive tunnels. Dobkin's look shows a rare event in the making. Unless you work in construction and have helped dig up subway tunnels, this is a real treat. It's humanity's triumphs at its finest in the "world's capital."