Fun story about the 200-ton drill under NYC. It’ll cost millions to take it out, but next to nothing to throw it away. What do you think?
The immense drill that’s burrowing a subway tunnel beneath New York City will remain underground after its work is through, a move to cut the expensive costs of removing it.
The 200-ton drill will remain 14 stories below the surface of the earth.
“A recent visit to the cutter’s future crypt revealed a machine that evokes an alien life form that crashed to earth a millennia ago. Its steel gears, bolts and pistons, already oxidizing, appeared lifeless and fatigued. A wormlike fan, its exhaust pipe disappearing into the cutter’s maw, was still spinning, its drone not unlike a slumbering creature’s breath.
“If you came and visited this 100 years from today, this is what you’d see,” said Dr. Horodniceanu, balancing on a catwalk that overlooks the enormous contraption. “People would not know what it’s all about.”
The cutter head, known as Seli after its Italian manufacturer, has been eating its way through several miles of Manhattan schist since 2007. Its flat face is equipped with 45 rotating discs, each carrying a layer of tungsten carbide, an exceptionally strong alloy that can easily break through the city’s bedrock. (Rumors that the machine used diamonds for this purpose were “an urban legend,” according to a transportation authority spokesman.)”
The S-Trains already are the envy of transportation planners around the world. I’ve ridden them dozens of times, and some cars were already dedicated to bike commuters. These new cars are put other subways in check. Brilliant idea to have them enter in one door, and exit via one way the other. So efficient.
Copenhagen is doubling the space for bikes on a number of its suburban trains to meet growth stimulated by the switch to free bike travel.
The Copenhagen S-train has also introduced one-way traffic in the new bike compartments to make it easier and faster to get on and off.
Ten S-Trains are being remodelled with the new compartments, which are in the middle of the train so that there is more space for bikes on the platform.
The train system in the Danish capital is being gradually improved for travellers with bikes as increasing numbers of passengers are combining bike and train for their commute.
Clever plays to connect the slow food movement (in the act/resolve sense of the word) with fast food movement (in the physical activity sense) have been done, but how about this fresh feat? With invitation-only and pop-up eateries literally popping up all over the place, it couldn’t have been long before somebody decided to serve an exclusive meal on public transit. Those somebodies are Michael Cirino, Daniel Castano, and Andrew Rosenberg of New York supper club a razor, a shiny knife. Along with a large crew of 60 people that includes Jonny Cigar (Winetology), Mike Lee (Studiofeast), and Linda Lou (A Cheeky Chef), the hosts treated 12 guests to a 6 course lunch that took 5 months to plan. Though each guest was asked to front $100 for the epicurean adventure they didn’t know too many details about, the charge was refunded to them. The lucky individuals were in for a surprise as they embarked on the New York City Subway L Train during an off-peak period from 8th Avenue to Canarsie, with a culinary delight presented to them every three stations. Food was prepared and plated in apartments near the route, on station platforms, and in the train car. Even “The Great Gatsby” was read in all of this controlled chaos. Photos and details of the event can also be found here. According to sgoralnick, the lunch featured the following 6-course menu:
6th Avenue: Hamchi Crudo, Bone Marrow, Trout Roe, Laproaig, Sweet Lime 3rd Avenue: Foie en Brioche, Port Wine, Raisin, Lorimer Street: Ramp Soup, Black Garlic, Cippolini, Morel, Thyme Morgan Avenue: Petit Filet Mignon, Pomme Puree, Asparagus Bushwick Avenue: Pepper Jam, St. Andre Cheese Sutter Avenue: Chocolate & Gold Leaf Panna Cotta, Raspberry Coulis
Unsuprisngly, transit officials were not too thrilled by this stunt, even though it was well-executed and probably well cleaned up after, so don’t expect this to happen on your local commute any time soon.
Hypnotizing. I’ve been on these rails so many times, it’s amazing how much is the same. I remember back in 2002, I flew in from Seattle to pay my respects at ground zero. It was the thing to do at the time. I jumped in one of the cars from mid-town to Wall Street and stood next to the conductor box (conductors stand in these little “rooms” on the train, about the size of an airplane bathroom but with plexi-glass windows to see and a big microphone to call stops).
The conductor was a nice old man and we started talking about 9/11. He lost some of his family there, he said, and suddenly started crying. It always inexplicably bothers me when a grown man cries. He told me that he was conducting on 9/11, and he and other workers decided to keep working as much as possible, helping wherever they could. He said he didn’t take any time off to grieve. I suppose riding the rails, helping people get to their destinations, is one way to cope, and forget.
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