Why Can’t New Yorkers Have A Nice City?

When I was very little, you never saw graffiti. Up to the time I was about eleven or so, it wasn’t a big deal.  But around 1972 or so you couldn’t avoid it.  From the time that I started going to baseball games on a regular basis until the 1980’s and the MTA painting all the trains in a paint that allowed paint to be washed off and finally replacing the entire fleet of subway cars with stainless steel cars, you couldn’t ride a train that wasn’t covered in the stuff.

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Building The Second Ave Subway

The Second Ave is the largest and longest awaited expansion of the NY Subway in the last 50 years.  In fact a proposed expansion of the Subway onto 2nd Ave has been a part of NY Subway planning  for over a Century.  At last  phase 1 is almost completed.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Avenue_Subway

A wonderful gallery of pictures in the tunnels.

http://jalopnik.com/these-photos-of-nycs-subway-project-are-astonishing-513446087

More from business insider.

http://www.businessinsider.com/new-photos-mta-progress-of-2nd-second-ave-subway-nyc-mta-2013-12

Some pics on flikr.

Looking Uptown

Some Albums from the MTA.

SAS_9719
Second Avenue Subway Update: 72nd Street Station
Second Avenue Subway Update: First Work Train Ride
Second Avenue Subway Update: February 27, 2015

 

Second Avenue Subway Update: January and February 2015

 

More here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mtaphotos/albums

A drone takes a trip.

And more video from WCBS.

And the NY Times.

A video from the MTA.

The Second Ave sagas blog.

http://www.secondavesagas.com/

MTA’s info page.

http://web.mta.info/capital/sas_alt.html

In spite of all the complaints it’s important to remember that these are huge projects under very trying conditions and severe constraints.  And they seem to be doing well.