Watch construction crews burrow under Manhattan to build a new subway line

Many New Yorkers don’t know it, but some of the world’s largest public works projects are under construction right under their feet. Work is underway on extending a massive new water tunnel to keep up with demand, and workers are boring under the most dense sections of Midtown to make a new rail link into Grand Central Terminal. But perhaps the most exciting projects for city residents are two new extensions to the vast New York City Subway — one to the far West Side, and another down Second Avenue.

The Subway is New York’s lifeline; it’s a transportation system so vital, that the city itself wouldn’t exist as we know it if the Subway were never built. And these two extensions are severely needed. City planners first started work on the…

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