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 amazing 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 hundreds of shots, over 8 years, comes a 32-page Memory Book that tells the Story.
Nightmare on 2nd Ave. is a labor-of-love for NYC UE “Subway Survivors”,
as well as anyone interested in construction, or in
Everything related to the History and Excitement of New York City.