MTA’s Christmas Gift Comes Barrelling Down Giant Rock Tunnel in Midtown

12/22/2009 9:52 AM |

Giant Drill Robot

While everyone and their rent-controlled grandmother complains about the Second Avenue subway’s much delayed and over-budget construction destroying their neighborhood, killing their businesses and swallowing up kittens, there’s another subway tunnel snaking gingerly under Midtown and into the no-mans-land between Hell’s Kitchen and Chelsea (future site of corporate-condo ugliness).

Yesterday the Observer reported that the 7 Line extension from Times Square to the steps of our hideous convention center and the future site of the Hudson Yards development had taken a giant leap forward with the giant rock-chewing drill piercing through to the cavern at 34th Street and Eleventh Avenue. Better yet, there’s video (after the jump), and it looks like one of the digging sequences from Fantastic Mr. Fox.