Steve Duncan Explores City Tunnel Systems [Video]

Posted on: January 3rd, 2011 at 10:02 am by

The complex system of subway tunnels and sewers that comprise the New York City infrastructure remains a mystery to most.  It sits beneath our roads like an undiscovered trove of urban archaeology.  Rats dominate the darkness. As do the Ninja Turtles, pink slime, and errant tags of graffiti. Many, like ourselves, would jump at the opportunity to explore the underworld, as it were, but the third rail, probable arrest, and/or death are effective deterrents.

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That’s why there’s urban historian Steve Duncan.  In the following video shot by Andrew Wonder, the seemingly over-dressed backpacker drops down onto the tracks and into the sewers at various locations to explore the underbelly of the beast.  Without any sort of authorization from the Transit Authority.  This is so damn fascinating! And so punk rock.  He’s documented all his subterranean journeys on the website, Undercity.org.

There are four rules of playing in the subway tunnels:

  1. Not hitting the third rail.
  2. Not to be run over by trains.
  3. Not to be seen.
  4. Watch the motion detectors.
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[via Gizmodo]

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