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Check out photos of the underground construction of the Second Avenue subway

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Jillian Anthony
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The long-awaited Second Avenue subway has been in the works since the 1920s, and people are still arguing over when it will finally be finished. The MTA recently decided to delay construction on the East Harlem section of the subway after $1 billion in funding was cut from the project, and Tuesday Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke out, saying "I think that has to be reconsidered to make sure that everything is being done to move Phase 2—despite the challenges and the complexities—to move Phase 2 as quickly as it can be done," the New York Times reports.

As of now, the first phase of the line along the Upper East Side is set to open December 2016, but it's pretty up in the air when New Yorkers can actually expect to see a new line up and running (remember Hudson Yards?). For now, you can get a glimpse at what the subterranean construction currently looks like in these photos released by the MTA.

Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/mtaphotos

Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/mtaphotos

Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/mtaphotos

Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/mtaphotos

Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/mtaphotos

Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/mtaphotos

Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/mtaphotos

Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/mtaphotos

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