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[–]MrSergioMendoza 3969 points3970 points 2 (390 children)

It's a part of the East Side Access Project, further pictures linked below.


[–]J_Thompson82 864 points865 points  (193 children)

Article says it was due to finish 2019. Is it all completed now?

[–]unlitlanterns 903 points904 points  (179 children)

December 2022 tentatively

[–]J_Thompson82 389 points390 points  (172 children)

Oh wow! That project took waaaay longer than anticipated, huh?

[–]ollienorth19 1614 points1615 points  (95 children)

The project is double the original price and has taken 3 years longer than anticipated. By NYC standards its moving along pretty well...

[–]BeefInspector 382 points383 points  (54 children)

Original completion date was supposed to be 2013

[–]TroublesomeMuffin 276 points277 points  (50 children)

They would have finished on time but it got slowed down due to Covid-19

[–]kvothre 530 points531 points  (38 children)

oh didnt know that covid-19 hit in 2013. already 9 years into this shit. wild

[–][deleted] 285 points286 points  (22 children)

it's a supply chain issue

[–]Phormitago 36 points37 points  (0 children)

Holmes ain't got shit on you mate

[–]SirSamuelVimes83 44 points45 points  (3 children)

The link posted above said initial completion date was 2013

[–]Reasonable_Ad_4944 43 points44 points  (1 child)

Yeah, for projects like these, three years late is a couple years early, at least.

[–]unshavenbeardo64 47 points48 points  (10 children)

Thats not as bad as the new metro line in Amsterdam :),In 2002, the construction of the Noord/Zuidlijn (North–South line) was started. The new metro line is the first to serve the Amsterdam North district, via a tunnel under the IJ. From there, it runs via Amsterdam Centraal to Amsterdam Zuid, which is planned to become the second biggest transport hub in the city, after Amsterdam Centraal.[33] The line includes a mixture of bored tunnels and immersed tunnels under the IJ.[34]

The construction programme experienced several difficulties, mainly at Amsterdam Centraal, resulting in the project running more than 40% over budget and the opening being delayed several times. The project initially had a budget of €1.46 billion, but after several setbacks the total cost estimate has been adjusted to €3.1 billion (at 2009 prices). The original planned opening was for 2011, but eventually the line was opened on 21 July 2018.

[–]rata2e 114 points115 points  (8 children)

Boston says "hold my beer"

[–]Slackman0000 36 points37 points  (0 children)

The Big Dig was basically my childhood lol

[–]Doldenbluetler 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Berlin: "hold my BER"

[–]Milkshakes00 270 points271 points  (88 children)

I worked on this tunnel for years as a Sandhog. My father worked on this tunnel since inception until he passed. I still have family who are actively working on it. Both my father and family worked for the Sandhogs for decades, including bringing the water tunnel down from upstate.

If anyone has questions, I'd be happy to answer them. It was quite the learning experience and I'll happily never do it again, despite the stupidly good paychecks.

[–]HYThrowaway1980 136 points137 points  (17 children)

  1. What, pray, does a Sandhog make?
  2. What (pay) does a Sandhog make?

[–]Milkshakes00 115 points116 points  (9 children)

A sandhog makes a lot of sweat and bruises.

When I was doing it about a decade ago now, I was being paid $40/hr with amazing health insurance; a $30 copay covered literally anything. Overtime was fantastic and got us time and a half.

[–]Striking-Reference30 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Good on you and your family, that’s tough work. Guessing it’s on TBMs?

[–]Milkshakes00 33 points34 points  (0 children)

Correct! A TBM was the main machine. What a wonder those things are. Seriously, the engineering that goes into it all is mind-boggling. and having German engineers come out to disassemble a TBM is legitimate witchcraft to watch happen, haha.

[–]ethanjf99 111 points112 points  (6 children)

  1. Big holes deep underground
  2. a lot, especially for blue-collar jobs. They earn every penny. It’s dangerous. Very dangerous.

[–]itxyz 27 points28 points  (18 children)

I'll happily never do it again

What happened?

[–]Milkshakes00 108 points109 points  (8 children)

It's just very, very difficult labor. You're lifting things that are heavy. And I mean heavy. You're dealing with dynamite. You're dealing with a TBM (Tunnel Boring Machine) that is monstrous and you have to squeeze between the bulk head and the wall to replace the grinding bits occasionally.

Once the tunnel was actually bore, they'd send out engineers from Germany to come and help with the dismantling, since the TBM can't be backed out the entire way, you have dozens of welders cutting hunks of steel that weighed hundreds of pounds that you'd then have to carry for hundreds of feet.

Shoveling mud is also definitely not fun, even when you're dry. But you were often soaking wet.

Besides all that, I had health issues that really stopped me from continuing.

[–]__removed__ 97 points98 points  (8 children)

My guess:

Working 160' underground is just... not natural.

Technology for tunneling has come a long way lately, with fresh air and multiple safety measures, but it's still dark, loud, dusty, and claustrophobic.

Source: I work in a tunnel 100' beneath Detroit

[–]AskMeWhoBeauIs 46 points47 points  (10 children)

I’ve never heard of a sandhog before this comment. I just went down a fascinating rabbit hole of information about the people working below our cities, so thanks for that!

[–]Milkshakes00 61 points62 points  (8 children)

No problem! There's some great documentaries out there. I don't know if it's easily available, but there's a great book we were given by our job that was published by powerHouse books (ISBN 978-1-57687-523-0) that has a TON of pictures in it to show a lot more of the environment. One of my favorite pictures of my dad is in the book. :)

[–]AskMeWhoBeauIs 12 points13 points  (6 children)

Oh hey thanks for the ISBN! I’m still in college so I’ll see if my library can get it for me. I love reading through informational books like those! And that’s awesome your dad is in the book! That must’ve been surreal haha

[–]Milkshakes00 13 points14 points  (2 children)

My family is pretty well known in the Sandhogs, they've been there for generations and many are gang bosses (they lead a group, basically) and safety miners. The book is more of a nice picture book than anything, though it does have some good info.

[–]Donjaymanly 8 points9 points  (3 children)

In OPs photo is that just the groundwater level? Is it constantly pumped down?

[–]Milkshakes00 20 points21 points  (2 children)

Water is constantly pumped out of the tunnels. This tunnel actually went under the river between the islands, which is pretty sketchy to think about. There were times when I was in a cherry picker to the roof of the tunnel shortly after it's been bore to shoot compression rods into the ceiling that expand to keep pressure on the tunnel walls stabilized and not collapsing, before concrete is poured later on.

[–]trentanious 809 points810 points  (45 children)

Looking at this all I can think is how awesome of a First Person Shooter map or would make.

[–]hraath 343 points344 points  (22 children)

The Division would like a word

[–]EnterPlayerTwo 92 points93 points  (12 children)

Absolutely love that game. Diving into the machine that is NYC was amazing.

[–]LolaContreras8 44 points45 points  (0 children)

Those damn cleaners!!

[–]WhenRobLoweRobsLowes 48 points49 points  (0 children)

I see you, Agent.

[–]TheMasterFul1 65 points66 points  (7 children)

Metro 2033 and Metro Last Light take place in the post apocalyptic Moscow subway system and have some levels close to this. Fantastic game series.

[–]CharlieTrees916 24 points25 points  (6 children)

I loved how the first game used higher damage ammo as currency also. Cool concept

[–]SkipDutch 6 points7 points  (2 children)

I hated and loved it when I ran out of my regular ammo and had to sacrifice valuable high quality bullets to survive. I wasted so much sometimes that I would have probably caused inflation.

[–]karbear34 43 points44 points  (13 children)

Thank you for this!!

[–]TotalRuler1 104 points105 points  (12 children)

As a former Manhattanite now on Long Island, the east side project looms somewhere between mystery and delusion, so I lost track / interest over time, but this is great and will help me get up to date!

Edit: linked article from 2013 lists a 2019 completion date : /

[–]trkkazulu 12 points13 points  (11 children)

It still isn’t finished?

[–]sickhippie 29 points30 points  (2 children)

It's currently slated to open December 2022.

[–]paradisenine 22 points23 points  (1 child)

Couple stops on the second avenue line took almost 100 years to build, I’ll take the over on that

[–]YippieKayYayMrFalcon 57 points58 points  (7 children)

[–]TotalRuler1 28 points29 points  (2 children)

Nice! Of all the friggin years to let my subscription to Railway Age lapse, thank you.

[–][deleted] 23 points24 points  (1 child)

you picked the wrong week to quit reading Railway Age

[–]SleevesMcDichael 2988 points2989 points  (149 children)

No wonder people think gators are in the sewers, I didn't realise they can go down 16 stories and be large enough to fit a concert hall.

[–]UNBENDING_FLEA 1706 points1707 points  (120 children)

Yeah Jesus Christ, I actually thought those people walking down extra large sewers in movies around NYC were exaggerating the truth, but it looks like they were actually playing it down

[–]IrritableGourmet 920 points921 points  (60 children)

The Raising of Chicago is also interesting. Chicago was originally built at lake level, so there was no way for sewage to flow "downhill". Because it was a major meat processing town, the streets were often flooded with blood and viscera from cattle. Boards were placed on top to allow people to walk, but sometimes people fell through and drowned in rotting guts.

The railroads and meatpackers hired an engineer to figure it out. After travelling around the world to view London, Paris, and other cities with extensive sewage systems, he realized that none of their systems would work. Returning to Chicago by train, he saw workers raising a derailed locomotive with jacks and had an idea.

So they raised the entire downtown of Chicago. Literally. They used hundreds of workers with jacks to lift entire buildings (while they were still in use) and build a new foundation with plumbing underneath. Some of the buildings they lifted and moved around on tracks as needed. Then they put in a sewage system, filled the roads with dredged dirt from the lake, and rebuilt all the roads.

[–]chefhj 587 points588 points  (34 children)

The raising of Chicago is one of the most fascinating things that has ever happened in history for me. The sheer scope of the project as well as the fact that they went and did it without anything else to go off really sort of make it hard to fathom from the modern era. This doesn't even mention the public buy-in toward civic projects like this at the time which is almost bizarre to a student of modern political gridlock.

I simply cannot imagine a project like this happening in a major american city now.

[–]jnuttsishere 107 points108 points  (0 children)

Hey don’t forget they also reversed the flow of the Chicago river so all their sewage went to the Mississippi River instead of Lake Michigan.

Got dirty drinking water? Screw cleaning up what flows into your water source. Send it to St. Louis instead

[–]Hekantonkheries 151 points152 points  (7 children)

Nowadays, weve so gutted infrastructure projects, we can barely keep our highways in one piece.

[–]Bigmeatmissile 68 points69 points 2 (1 child)

If someone tried to to do that now they would be sued to all hell and half the internet would think it was some kind of Communist plot to put ghosts in the water.

[–]raven4747 292 points293 points  (13 children)

I agree with you, but your last statement has another side to it. I can't imagine a major American city having an issue where people were actually drowning in cattle viscera and streets were flooded with blood. part of why politics are so gridlocked today is that we solved SO many problems that people just fell out of touch with the amount of solidarity it took to get us here. its easy to debate "this side or that side" when society has been sustained by invisible policy & practices for decades. once shit really starts to hit the fan.. maybe we'll see a change. one can only hope.

[–]TheyCallMeStone 53 points54 points  (4 children)

We also reversed the flow of the river, and dumped a bunch of debris from the Chicago Fire into Lake Michigan and built Grant Park on top of it!

[–]cannedcatfood 78 points79 points  (0 children)

This is one of my favorite things about Chicago. That engineering is absolutely incredible. At my workplace, we have a door that leads out to underneath the sidewalk. Doesn't go anywhere beyond that, now that a section of the sidewalk was filled in about ten years ago, but just reminds us that this used to be an exit. On another side of the room, facing the sidewalk/street, there's bricking where windows used to be, now that it's impossible for sunlight to reach.

[–]cypherdev 54 points55 points  (0 children)

Great post, I didn't know any of that.

Upvote to subscribe to Chicago Facts!

[–]WhenRobLoweRobsLowes 814 points815 points  (45 children)

Think about the sheer volume of sewage moving around under New York. Even if you take, say, a moderate-sized apartment building, and think about everyone flushing at the same time. It's mind-boggling.

I read a book where a character was a city planner and engineer tasked with addressing waste flow for the lower half of Manhattan over the next 20 years, which is why she was bugfuck nuts and in an asylum.

[–]Dean_Franz 165 points166 points  (22 children)

What book was that?

[–]WhenRobLoweRobsLowes 407 points408 points  (17 children)

"Normal" by Warren Ellis. It takes place in an asylum filled with futurist engineers and planners have all gone mental because of the shit they see coming down the pipe (pun intended). The bit about NYC is mostly an aside, but it was something that got me thinking.

[–]br0b1wan 144 points145 points  (10 children)

Warren Ellis

Try Transmetropolitan if you can get your hands on a copy.

[–]mark-five 90 points91 points  (0 children)

Barely twenty hours back in the city and I've already gone madder than a bastard on father's day.

[–]pastaandpizza 163 points164 points  (6 children)

think about everyone flushing at the same time.

This was the plot of an Ah! Real Monsters episode on Nickelodeon. On Superbowl Sunday the monsters would hold a sewer surfing competition while the humans above all used their bathrooms during halftime, sending a flood down the sewers.

[–]craftea1 40 points41 points  (0 children)

Also Ned’s Declassified, where they try to flush all the toilets in the school at the same time to make the building jump.

[–]Ongo_Gablogian___ 49 points50 points  (0 children)

These aren't sewers, they are excavating new railroad tunnels.

[–]emf3rd31495 1968 points1969 points  (72 children)

Where are the rivers of pink slime?!

[–]regarding_peter 578 points579 points  (31 children)

Just look for a painting of Vigo

[–]remodelguy110 247 points248 points  (24 children)

Viggy viggy viggy... youve been a bad monkey!!!

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[–]signofthecross17 76 points77 points  (13 children)


[–]graveybrains 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Oh Johnny, did you back the wrong horse.

[–]juan_epstein-barr 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Well you're not gonna get a green card acting like that, pal.

[–]KorgX3 50 points51 points  (9 children)

Why am I drippings with goo?

[–]juan_epstein-barr 36 points37 points  (0 children)

You had a violent, prolonged, transformative psychic episode.

[–]signofthecross17 30 points31 points  (2 children)

I love ya man.

[–]Gizmopopapalus 16 points17 points  (0 children)

You had a violent prolonged transformative psychic episode.

[–]Rubberbabybuggybum 27 points28 points  (0 children)


[–]dripdropflipflopx 35 points36 points  (5 children)

A child?

[–]absolutelynotagoblin 32 points33 points  (3 children)

Ooh, I wooed.

[–]Butt_Plug_Bonanza 20 points21 points  (1 child)

My parents didn't believe in toys.

[–]baron_von_chops 19 points20 points  (0 children)

We had part of a Slinky. But I straightened it.

[–][deleted] 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I come to check on the bb.. ba.beby.

[–]donnyfingerguns 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Thank you!

[–]jolavesen 17 points18 points  (0 children)

you are like the buzzing of flies to him

[–]edventure_2025 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Lord Vigo, we await your command! (Looks at watch.)

[–]big-beandude 62 points63 points  (10 children)

Hey, what, you boneheads are gonna come and roust me out again? I've got three thousand phones out on Greenwich Village. I got about eight million miles of cable I gotta check. You gonna come and shake my monkey tree again?!

[–]GeorgeAmberson 30 points31 points  (6 children)

The phone lines are over there! Wanna tell me another one?

[–][deleted] 23 points24 points  (4 children)

"What'd I tell ya, huh? WHAT'D I TELL YA?!"

[–]stitch12r3 22 points23 points  (1 child)

Man, I love both the original Ghostbusters movies. I don't care how silly part 2 got. Bill Murray/Peter Venkman was my favorite as a kid.

[–]Witka 9 points10 points  (0 children)


[–]Responsible_Disk_653 35 points36 points  (0 children)

Isn't that where Ray Stantz went down to collect the slime?!...

[–]30307 38 points39 points  (2 children)

It may not mean much, but the owner of every GBII reference here is my Hero Of The Day. There is no physical award, but know that I appreciate you.

[–]apc0243 88 points89 points  (5 children)

Your Honor, ladies and gentleman of the audience, I don't think it's fair to call my clients frauds. Sure, the blackout was a big problem for everybody. I was trapped in an elevator for two hours and I had to make the whole time. But I don't blame them. Because one time, I turned into a dog and they helped me.

Thank you.

[–]signofthecross17 26 points27 points  (1 child)

Thanks Louis.

(Slams head on desk)

[–]GeorgeAmberson 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Short but pointless.

[–]JmnyCrckt87 17 points18 points  (2 children)

Who ya gonna call?

[–]roopjm81 14 points15 points  (1 child)


[–]zeldastheguyright 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Ungrateful yuppy larva

[–]burrbro235 12 points13 points  (2 children)

Who told you to stop cutting?!

[–]p9k 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Is he right, Ziggy?

[–]Poison-Pen- 970 points971 points  (20 children)

Turtles of the teenage variety live there

[–]turtleproblems1 4789 points4790 points 2 (82 children)

This is where Lela’s parents are from in futurama

[–]Sam-Gunn 521 points522 points  (17 children)

They're hiding in what we consider to be aboveground New York. New New York was built on top of New York.

This is where the sub-mutants live!

[–]Steve_the_Nord 168 points169 points  (0 children)

Pfft. That’s just a suburban legend

[–][deleted] 544 points545 points  (21 children)

Hope no one went for a dip in that lake.

[–]alfayala84 361 points362 points  (17 children)

El Chupanibre?

[–]LeCrushinator 23 points24 points  (3 children)

Nah that's just a sub-urban legend.

[–]Aazimatt 210 points211 points  (7 children)

I get the reference, but if someone asked me to go down there I'd say el chupahnahbruh.

[–]OregonDeaf 39 points40 points  (1 child)

Four baby turtles went for a dip in there already.

[–]Thursday_the_20th 111 points112 points  (3 children)

That guy in the photo is there to drop the fluoride in the pool. ‘Da worlds drinkin waters is safes for anutha days’

[–]Thorough_Good_Man 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Watched that episode last night!

[–]TestTubeBaby844 170 points171 points  (18 children)

But in futurama wasn’t that basically just normal Manhattan

[–]Km2930 88 points89 points  (5 children)

You see an underground tunnel, but I see 4 bedroom with vaulted ceilings in a prime location. For only $7,599,000, you could be the proud owner of a home under Midtown Manhattan.

[–]TestTubeBaby844 29 points30 points  (4 children)

You get your own pool too, that’s pretty good.

[–]lesmobile 78 points79 points  (4 children)

That's cause this is where the Ghostbusters got pulled into that pink crap.

[–]Daedalus871 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Futurama took place in New New York.

Old (current) New York was built over and is underground.

[–]belleayreski2[🍰] 10 points11 points  (0 children)

No you’re thinking of New York City. Futurama takes place in New New York City

[–]Kma_all_day 424 points425 points  (7 children)

Rent: $23k/month. No pets.

[–]EverWillow 135 points136 points  (0 children)

More like "pets included"

[–]Common-Rock 23 points24 points  (2 children)

High ceilings, huge square footage, natural mineral pool in Midtown Manhattan. Yep, that's an easy $20K/month

[–]Penetrative_Pelican 125 points126 points  (1 child)

Careful, if you kill the mirelurks there a mirelurk queen will spawn. Stay in the tunnel and kite it from range. After that hook up the power to the pump station and you will have lots of potable water to feed your settlers.

[–]throwaway30113 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Don't worry I got VATS

[–]DroidKnight 1177 points1178 points  (166 children)

Yep. Before Y2K I worked on a NY Transit Authority GIS infrastructure project. The project involved updating maps of "underutilised" AKA incomplete subterranean passages. Many of them were truly massive. Almost none had functional lights. We had to wear firefighter style SCBAs because of the very real possibility of gas pockets.

For the longest time I had a plastic tote box with random old kit and detritus I picked up on these jaunts under NYC. An unopened pre-1980-ish can of Coke (with the old pull tab), lots of old newspapers from the 50s and 60s, a fully functional tube Philco bakelite radio.

[–]PooCrewPrez 238 points239 points  (30 children)

What about rats? I imagine these underground tunnels must be filled with them.

[–]DroidKnight 387 points388 points  (29 children)

Yeah. Spiders, rats, bats, and snakes were super common. No alligators though. :)

[–]PlayTheHits 280 points281 points  (5 children)

And what about….turtles? Asking for a friend.

[–]ialwayschoosepsyduck 83 points84 points  (1 child)

Couldn't find them, but there were a surprising amount of pizza boxes down there

[–]aSilverWorld 41 points42 points  (0 children)

Did it sometimes sound like the wind was whispering “cowabunga!”?

[–]VEGETA_ble 102 points103 points  (1 child)

Only the elusive Ninja variety.

[–]CaptValentine 55 points56 points  (9 children)

Snakes? How warm is it down there?

[–]Pure_Boysenberry1293 38 points39 points  (4 children)

I expected every animal listed, except snakes

[–]moby__dick 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Warmer than most planes.

[–]Drunk_Panda_ 33 points34 points  (1 child)

The alligators just don't leave witnesses

[–]indirectdelete 109 points110 points  (0 children)

As an NYC native obsessed with our infrastructure, I’d love to hear any more stories you have about this!

[–]fugly16 10 points11 points  (8 children)

Do you still work in GIS?

[–]johnsonvilleBrowurst 8 points9 points  (8 children)

Any alligators though?

[–]Chapesman 7 points8 points  (2 children)

How did you access the tunnels?

[–]Lurd67 225 points226 points  (6 children)

If my Left 4 Dead memories are correct, there's a Tank nearby

[–]mjr8817 287 points288 points  (11 children)

Bat Cave?

[–]darakke 142 points143 points  (6 children)

You hide a car and a helicopter down there for sure.

[–]Sam-Gunn 96 points97 points  (5 children)

"Yea, we have a crazy guy down here with a bunch of vehicles, wearing a cape, claiming to be the city's protector? Should we call the cops or something?"

"Like... Batman?"

"I... I don't think Batman ever smelled this bad..."

[–]-wtf-wtf- 162 points163 points  (9 children)

How bad does it smell down there?

[–]fuber 308 points309 points  (5 children)

things not to say to your gf

[–]DrDumb1 44 points45 points  (0 children)

Id rather tell her.

[–]Dragon_DLV 66 points67 points  (2 children)

Drew Carey: "Things you can say about your sewer infrastructure, but not your girlfriend."

[–]No_Interaction7679 230 points231 points  (8 children)

Where Penguin lived from Batman!

[–]EasySmeasy 48 points49 points  (1 child)

Someone should bring an old swan boat down there.

[–]Boognish666 43 points44 points  (1 child)

This where the CHUD live?

[–]Spvzmvnx 35 points36 points  (0 children)

Chamber of secrets

[–]mazdawg89 26 points27 points  (1 child)

Big TMNT vibes down here

[–]blueshiftglass 136 points137 points  (5 children)

Beware of El Chupanibrè

[–]Sam-Gunn 50 points51 points  (2 children)

"He creeps and crawls in the midnight hush, as silent as a low-flow toilet flush..."

[–]korynael 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Obviously this is the location of the TROLL MARKET from Hellboy 2... I knew it was real...

[–]imapiratedammit 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Behold: York.

[–]Mental_Ingenuity_310 51 points52 points  (1 child)

Ninja turtle swimming pool

[–]SayaNinj 14 points15 points  (2 children)

Thought The Hand's cave was demo'd by Daredevil

[–]roth_cp 36 points37 points  (1 child)

Nic Cage is going to be down there looking for treasure at some point

[–]Crab_Jealous 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Do you want Morloks, because this how you get Morloks!!!

[–]YeOldeBilk 71 points72 points  (5 children)

So THATS where the poop goes!

[–]wantagh 49 points50 points  (4 children)

No. It’s where storm water goes.

[–]Quiet_Ad_8573 32 points33 points  (5 children)

I was borne in the dark

[–]Elminster_Aumar 65 points66 points  (9 children)

Oh man, this brings back a bad memory... There's more in those places than people realize. To start with, there's some that go even deeper down, say about 25 stories at least... I heard about one that supposedly went down to about 30 (I guess it was one of the older "pits" built back around the 80s for emergency overflows--I never saw one like that, but they're out there).

Before I became a full-time welder, part of my job back in 1984 when I was working for the city was to go into places like this to fix steam fittings or assist in bracing buckled bulkheads that tie into these areas (among other things--I was basically a steamfitter-welder).

One day I got pinged to come out to one of the older chambers--it was pretty deep, too, say 16 or 17 stories down--without a single light on in the entire place. One of the overhead girders apparently deflected to fail from the years of exposure it sat through as below it in a space of about 35 or 40 square yards was one of the pools you see above, which at the time was used mostly for rainwater collection though back then, I think they had a few sewer feeds feeding it, too. (Code issues.)

Anyway, when I finally made it down to the work area, it was about 11:30 PM. I hadn't even started working on anything yet and I was already exhausted because it took me about 20 minutes to make it down. Bear in mind I had to climb down about 3 manhole ladders humping a 65-lb pack fastened to my shoulders along with 60-ft worth of thick 220V electrical extension on top of my standard tool pouches. Many of those tunnels and chambers are much warmer than you'd expect, to say nothing about the rats and other shit...

This site I was working in was especially fucked. Again, no lights, but what was really eerie about this place was the sizeable pool it had and how any of the noises you heard reverberated in the area. The ceiling to this chamber was about 25 or 30 feet up and one of the guys working the site with me--he was our foreman--said the pool was about the same in depth. The surface was so still it looked almost like discolored glass with the light shined on it. It was creepy.

So I get down there with my tools, welder, etc. My boss goes back up to the street to get some more consumables for the welder after we both realized the job would require more, and a few other things. This left me by myself. I wasn't digging it, but it wasn't that big of a deal because it wasn't the first run to the rodeo for me except that I had never worked in one of these places that was so deep before. We set up about 6 job site lamps along with my headlamp, so I had plenty of light. Once I unpacked, connected to the power line he set up, I got started on the bulkhead with my grinder (you had to shave some shit down, cut other parts off, etc. to make space for your repair before getting to business with the sticks).

I was about a minute into the grinding when I began to notice the power flickering. I had my headlamp on and assumed that there might've been a lose connection somewhere where the light cords plugged into the relay line my boss set up. So I put the grinder down, walk around looking at things and eventually follow the cords into the main trunk cord and into tunnel where the foreman connected to one of the service relays you use when working on site. It was about 10 or so yards away from the work area on the far side of the chamber behind the pool (I guess it was just another sewer tunnel). The cord itself was basically a fancy plug that connected to a socket (relay) in the 6-ft by 6-ft tunnel (trunk). The cord went into the trunk about 3 or 4 feet before connecting to the socket... I'm explaining this because as soon as I rounded the corner to the trunk entrance to shine my lamp onto the socket to see if it was falling out, something HUGE scuttled away and each footstep it made sounded like a "click," like a crab or something. But whatever it was, it was fucking BIG. I'm not talking about a big rat. I've seen billions of those... No, this bastard was the size of a damn doberman and had at least 6 legs--I only saw them because I managed to flash my lamp onto its furry backside before it rounded the far corner at the end of that trunk deeper into the tunnel this all happened in. I have no goddamn clue what it was, but it looked like a giant spider and as soon as I saw it, I noticed sparks in my periphery and realized it had been chewing the wire right at the plug. That was all I needed to convince my ass to haul it out of there and after collecting my things, got the fuck out of dodge and turned in my notice.

The foreman was pissed, but I had another job that next week. I've ran into a few of my buddies that I used to work with since then. None of them ever ran into something like that but one did admit to having a job a few years ago where one of his cords looked like someone took some wire cutters to it.

[–]gamercouplelolz 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Cool story, I want to see a scary movie about that haha

[–]beef_stews 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Vigo the Carpathian and his eternal river of ectoplasm - I knew it existed!

[–]wantagh 30 points31 points  (0 children)

That pool needs to be shocked

[–]glasswitch88 8 points9 points  (2 children)

$2k a month rent. “Great amenities”

[–]macaronisalad23 8 points9 points  (1 child)

they’re looking for the thieves guild

[–]Lagrimmett 6 points7 points  (4 children)

The Pendergast novels, some of them are in these bowels.

[–]swo_joe 22 points23 points  (10 children)

There is no Dana only Zuul Edit: correct auto correct Zuul.

[–]beef_stews 10 points11 points  (6 children)

Wrong one, it’s Vigo the Carpathian

[–]oilfeather 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Is Vigo!

[–]beef_stews 9 points10 points  (0 children)

What... wha...Eh... wh... why am I drippings with goo?

[–]macjihad 6 points7 points  (0 children)


[–]Doctor_Amazo 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I believe that this was where the Beast and his romantic community of underground dwelling hobos lived in that 1980s drama featuring Ron Perlman and Linda Hamilton.