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Second Ave Subway: WPC and CB&W

Today’s a two-fer! The Daily Post weekly photo challenge this week was to capture something that’s “against the odds.” I happened to ride the Second Ave Subway the day after the challenge was posted and I knew I had to go back with my camera and get some photos, because if anything says “against the odds” it’s the Second Ave Subway.


The Second Ave Subway was first proposed in 1919. Then in 1927 a revised plan was released. It was approved in September of 1929. The next month, the stock market crashed–triggering the Great Depression. As you can imagine, the subway didn’t get built. In 1942, the Elevated Line on Second Avenue was demolished and two years later the Second Ave Subway was proposed, again. Again, it was postponed due to world events. Then in 1965 the MTA was founded and this newly formed agency proposed resurrecting the line–a fact that was mentioned in an episode of Mad Men set in 1968. But in 1975 the City was experiencing financial troubles and shelved the plan. Finally in 1999, it was proposed again and after much planning and engineering work, it was approved and ground was broken in 2007. Finally, on December 31st, 2016 Phase 1 was complete!


For the other side of my two-fer, Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge this week was “perspective“. This photo, accidentally, did have kind of a wonky perspective. Plus, she’s opened up the category to allow for desaturated colors and I thought the Second Ave Subway banner would be perfect for that. What do you think?


Hi, I'm Mercedes. I'm a PhD candidate in politics and a trained pastry chef. I'm also an amateur photographer, hobby quilter, and all-around nutty girl living in the Big Apple.

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