CINEMATOGRAPHY, EDITING, STORY

WILD COMBINATION

PRODUCED BY

THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE

We were commissioned by The New York Times Magazine to tell a story about the creation of the new subway line on Manhattan's east side. The Second Avenue saga began when plans for the line were first announced in 1929, then put on hold after the great stock market crash. The project has had a rocky history ever since, starting in boom times and halting during downturns. At last, the project has been resurrected, though as momentum picks up, so does the impact. Underground explosions rock the east side. Businesses are walled off from daylight. Residents complain of soot and stench. The progress continues.


 

 

We spent several days filming in the subway tunnels 90 feet below street level, speaking extensively with MTA Capital Construction President Michael Horodniceanu, a Romanian-born engineer who came out of retirement to finish the subway line for once and for all. See accompanying article here