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Undercity Explores What's Underneath Bushwick

By Katarina Hybenova

By Katarina Hybenova

Have you ever wondered what the sewers underneath Knickerbocker Avenue look like? These guys, Steve and Andrew wondered too. So they went down to check them out and they made this video. In the 1880s, Bushwick was the nation's capital for breweries and that made for a lot of wastewater. A couple of miles of extension sewer were built underneath Knickerbocker Avenue to bring the wastewater directly to the East River.

Urban historian Steve Duncan and a filmmaker Andrew Wonder teamed up to create this amazing guerilla city and urban exploration project called Undercity. Steve describes this fascinating project on their website:

[quote]As an urban historian & photographer, I try to peel back the layers of a city to see what's underneath. From the tops of bridges to the depths of sewer tunnels, these explorations of the urban environment help me puzzle together the interconnected, multi-dimensional history and complexity of the great metropolises of the world.[/quote]

"Beneath New York City lies a vast network of abandoned tunnels, caverns, nooks and crannies that the average joe will never see," Gothamist reports today.

If you want to follow more footage form under the city by Steve and Andrew, you should check out My BlockNYC, which is an interactive mapping website that captures and presents personal video accounts of the life and culture of New York City. These guys are creating “an intimate, evolving, and complete portrait of this great city”. Users upload videos geographically, building the first fully interactive video map of New York City.

Thanks to Gaia Flicori from My Block NYC for an excellent tip.

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