The INSIDE STORY

A brief explanation of
how
Nightmare unfolded.
Nightmare – The Inside Story

For decades, completion of The Second Avenue Subway was considered a New York City
“Pipe-Dream”.  The project had been approached, and abandoned several times.  

Imagine the ambition!   Build an underground conveyance beneath a huge, hectic, hard-working City.


Then - 2004 / Final Approvals / This was ON!     

For the duration of construction, Life along the Avenue – for Residents and Merchants - became one, long
“Character-building Opportunity”.   The magnitude of materials and equipment necessary to this task could
ONLY cause detours, delay and confusion.
    A “Muckhouse” was a 3-story building designed to
efficiently remove rubble from the below-ground blasting.
Built along 2nd Avenue’s east lane, they were totally necessary, noisy and vexing.

Across Second Avenue from the 73rd St Muckhouse,
a NYC Resident  /  Photo-enthusiast  /  Engineer-wannabe documented the a
mazing above-ground action,  
from a fire-escape on the 5th floor.    The ever-changing topography was compelling, and triggered the
imagination as to what was taking place beneath.  With photos of the initial marking-of-the-sidewalks, this
resident twice refused apartment buy-out offers, in order to complete the collection on Opening Day.  


From 1,000 shots, over 8 years, comes a 32-page Memory Book that tells the Story.


Nightmare on 2nd Ave. is a labor-of-love for UE “Subway Survivors”,
as well as anyone interested in construction, or in
Everything related to the History and Excitement of New York City.