Urban explorations – Undercity

Williamsburg Bridge © Steve Duncan – Undercity

Williamsburg Bridge © Steve Duncan – Undercity

Undercity is a video made by Andrew Wonder that shows some urban explorations in New York city by Steve Duncan. The video is just as amazing as their commitment to get voluntarily into the very entrails of the city, which, by the way, are not precisely the safest places of the world. And if that were not enough, they got the footage without any kind of permission, because the police would not issue such, even if they agree about the beauty and importance of such infrastructure.

In the first part they start exploring some subway tunnels. Some of them are not being currently used, thus they are not risky. But the ones where the trains still circulate look really dangerous. However. After wandering and running through the subway tunnels, they reach a beautiful station, with brick and tile works which any modern station would envy. Sadly the station was too close to the express nodes, and the rail’s curve at that station is just too big for the modern trains so it has been abandoned, or should we say, preserved?

City Hall Station © Steve Duncan - Undercity

City Hall Station © Steve Duncan – Undercity

In the second exploration the visit the the canal street Sewer in Manhattan, which was New York’s first covered sewer. In some places the original roof can be still seen. At the end they climb the Williamsburg Bridge and they get an astonishing view of that wonderful city, New York. Definitely worth to watch it.

Steve Duncan defines himself as an urban historian: “Steve Duncan is an urban historian and an explorer and photographer of the urban underground. He has photographed sewers and underground rivers in cities from Antwerp to Yangon [..], with particular focus on the underground hydrological and wastewater infrastructure of New York City, Los Angeles, Paris, and London.”  But, lets be honest: he is a rather an extreme flaneur, who found in the very depths of the city beautiful urban landscapes. He has some galleries available with pictures of his urban explorations. Two more pictures are after the <More> tag.

 

Croton Aqueduct, Original Highbridge Pipes © Steve Duncan - Undercity

Croton Aqueduct, Original Highbridge Pipes © Steve Duncan – Undercity

Sunswick Creek Sewer Outfall Queens NYC © Steve Duncan - Undercity

Sunswick Creek Sewer Outfall Queens NYC © Steve Duncan – Undercity