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.
Having lived through the bad old days of the 1970’s and 1980’s this story in the New Yorker is both incredible and understandable.
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.
A wonderful gallery of pictures in the tunnels.
More from business insider.
Some pics on flikr.
Some Albums from the MTA.
A drone takes a trip.
And more video from WCBS.
And the NY Times.
A video from the MTA.
The Second Ave sagas blog.
MTA’s info page.
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.
I discovered this wonderful album of pictures of the Third Ave El in the Bronx from the early 20th Century to 1971, when it was torn down.