Underground

I’ve always been fascinated by the underground city.  What makes a city tick?  What is beneath your feet as you walk down Michigan Avenue?  Who was the person that laid the sewer grate down that hundreds of people walk over every day?  Mr. Chicago poet Carl Sandburg often talked about the guy  who put a nail in the corner wall that you are looking at and asked who was the man that pounded that in?  What is he doing now?  Everything we see and touch has a story behind it.  And what has a richer and longer story then the underground of city you live in?  It’s like a historical archive of an entire city, built by some of the original habitants, and maintained by the current occupants, yet few get to see it.  Here is your chance, check out this video of the underground of New York…

http://www.vimeo.com/18280328

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5 thoughts on “Underground

  1. peashoot

    That shit is wild! At first, I thought I was going to turn it off because it was going to to hokey, but there was serious suspense and interesting finds, especially in the first subway clip. I was hoping they would stumble upon some underground city dwellers, hookers, or some kind of subterranean New Yorkers. Very cool. How did you find this?

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  2. andykorki Post author

    There was story on NPR’s website about Andrew Wonder who was the videographer. Steve Duncan was the actual explorer and he has done this type of thing in many cities like Paris and London. He often finds old and forgotten stations and other things of interest. You can check out his website here: http://www.undercity.org/

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  3. peashoot

    I remember rummaging through the old Granada Theater in the early AM freshman year with a band of drunkards in Rogers Park shortly before they knocked it down to build those awful, Communist-era looking apartments. At the time, it seemed like a cool idea to snag a foldable seat or two for the dorm room, but something/someone scared us out of the place and I didn’t get any souvenirs. I don’t recall it looking nearly as ornate as what I see in the Uptown Theater photos.

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  4. wildbillyscircusstory

    This is cool stuff, but these guys are thrill seeking morons. They’ll probably end up recording their own death. To each his own I guess.

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