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Photos: The 2nd Avenue Subway's Progress (And Rails!)

86th Street cavern<br/>

Evan Bindelglass / Gothamist

Looking south in the 86th Street cavern. This will be the 86th Street station<br/>

Evan Bindelglass / Gothamist

Looking down into the project’s 87th Street construction entrance<br/>

Evan Bindelglass / Gothamist


Inside the elevator—“Welcome to Thunderdome!”<br/>

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Looking south in the 86th Street cavern, which is about 65 feet tall<br/>

Evan Bindelglass / Gothamist

Looking back up at where we entered<br/>

Evan Bindelglass / Gothamist


The first rails delivered for the Second Avenue Subway<br/>

Evan Bindelglass / Gothamist

The tour continues south in the 86th Street cavern

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Wall under construction in the 86th Street cavern<br/>

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The press on parade<br/>

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Mobile scaffolding in the 86th Street cavern<br/>

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Southern end of the 86th Street cavern. The tunnel on the left is the northbound tube from 72nd Street and the one on the right is the southbound tube to 72nd Street. The space in the middle above them will become a control center for the Second Avenue Subway<br/>

Evan Bindelglass / Gothamist


Northbound tunnel between 72nd and 86th as seen from the 86th Street cavern<br/>

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Southbound tunnel between 72nd and 86th as seen from the 86th Street cavern<br/>

Evan Bindelglass / Gothamist

Northbound tunnel between 72nd and 86th as seen from the 86th Street cavern<br/>

Evan Bindelglass / Gothamist

That large yellow thing is a ventilation system, which includes an air scrubber<br/>

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The pipe that brings cement down to the work site<br/>

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Looking north in the northbound tunnel heading from 86th Street to 96th Street<br/>

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Conduit spaces in the tunnel<br/>

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96th Street cavern. This will be the 96th Street station<br/>

Evan Bindelglass / Gothamist

Scaffolding for the mezzanine of the 96th Street station<br/>

Evan Bindelglass / Gothamist

96th Street cavern<br/>

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Waterproofing material. Or as the MTA’s Michael Horodniceanu calls it, “water management”<br/>

Evan Bindelglass / Gothamist


Looking south in the northbound 96th Street tunnel<br/>

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Future location of subway entrance—northwest corner of 86th Street and 2nd Avenue<br/>

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The Second Avenue Subway Community Information Center. It’s located at 1628 2nd Avenue and there are real people in there to answer your questions<br/>

Evan Bindelglass / Gothamist

Model of the 86th Street station at the information center<br/>

Evan Bindelglass / Gothamist