New York Underground

[Sharp Drop]
Photograph by Bob Sacha

Sandhogs guide a 16-ton front-end loader into the same tunnel where a miner was killed in September 1996 when he fell off a boring machine. Twenty-four have died since work on this water tunnel began in 1970. The city’s first aqueduct was hailed as a miracle in 1842 and was finally shut down in the 1950s.