Thousands of people live in the subway, railroad, and sewage tunnels that form the bowels of New York City and this book is about them, the so-called mole people. They live alone and in communities, in subway tunnels and below subway platforms and this fascinating study presents how and why people move underground, who they are, and what they have to say about their lives and the “topside” world they’ve left behind.
The Underbelly project. For years an unused, undiscovered and unseen subway station sat under New York. In 2009 artists were being secretly escorted into the depths of the station to leave their mark. Each artist was left to paint for one full night. The original entrance has since been removed. If you want to go check it out you run the high risk of being arrested, as going down into the tunnels is illegal. Legit, one of the coolest things of all time.
The Tunnel Dwellers of New York (2008 documentary by French director Chantal Lasbats) Beneath NYC's skyscrapers there are 18 levels of tunnels & 468 abandoned subway stations. 30 years ago, many homeless Vietnam-era veterans homesteaded this urban wilderness. However, after 9/11, city officials became less tolerant of the tunnel dwellers & most were forced to abandon their underground abodes. Meet a few hardy occupants of this hidden world who continue to live there.
Dark Days (2000) Documentarian Marc Singer trains his camera on a group of homeless people who live in an abandoned New York City railroad tunnel. At night, they retreat underground, where they have a sense of community that many surface dwellers would envy.