These Enormous Caverns Below NYC Are Starting To Look Like Train Tunnels

It's been several months since we last checked in with New York City's perennially delayed, incredibly expensive infrastructural wonder: The East Side Access project, a plan to build a new station beneath Grand Central station that will connect Manhattan and Queens. Deep below the city, work continues—and now, the MTA… » 8/12/14 9:37am 8/12/14 9:37am

Ancient Worms May Have Saved Life on Earth 530 Million Years Ago

About 2.5 billion years ago, microbes began making a poison that would cause one of the largest mass extinctions on Earth. The few organisms that could handle this poison flourished, going on to become our ancestors. The poison? It was oxygen. It's a wonder that oxygen levels didn't keep rising until Earth became… » 8/06/14 4:37pm 8/06/14 4:37pm

China's Batty Proposal For an Under-Sea Train to the United States

A lone report in China's state-run Beijing Times claims the nation is already in discussions to build an 8,000+ mile railroad connecting China, Russia, Canada, and the U.S.—including a 125 mile undersea tunnel spanning the Bering Strait. Forget taking this with a grain of salt, you're gonna need the whole shaker. » 5/10/14 7:00pm 5/10/14 7:00pm

A Subterranean Stroll Through NYC's Newest Train Tunnel

New York City's new 2nd Avenue subway line is a construction project of truly monumental scale. Decades of planning and billions of dollars have led to the near-completion of Phase 1 of the tunnel running underneath Manhattan's Upper East Side. Gizmodo was lucky enough to take a tour through a section of the caverns… » 5/02/14 12:20pm 5/02/14 12:20pm

Why NYC Is Building This $185 Million "Tunnel to Nowhere"

Since it's right next to the largest private construction project NYC has ever seen, you could easily miss it: A 35-foot-deep trench being dug on Manhattan's West Side. It looks something like a grave, or an archaeological dig, but no—this is an 800-foot-long insurance plan for the future of the city. » 4/28/14 3:20pm 4/28/14 3:20pm

How the Persian Gulf Is Quietly Building a Railroad Empire

Here in the U.S., the arrival of a new tunnel boring machine is huge news, warranting naming ceremonies and Twitter accounts. Meanwhile, in Doha, officials have quietly signed a contract to buy fifteen boring machines to build a sprawling new subway system. And that's nothing compared to the massive transit network… » 3/17/14 10:00am 3/17/14 10:00am

London's Newest Farm Is an Abandoned Bomb Shelter Deep Beneath the City

What do you do with a bomb shelter when you're no longer getting Blitzed by the Nazis? For decades, Londoners have searched for ways to make use of old bomb shelters lurking deep underground. They've become data centers, dusty storage rooms, and, now, the first underground urban farm—thanks to a couple of foodie… » 2/04/14 11:00am 2/04/14 11:00am

8 Massive Tunnels Being Built Right Now Under A City Near You

Now that we know it was an eight-inch steel pipe that brought the world's largest-diameter tunneling machine to a halt up in Seattle, we can no longer fantasize about Bertha unearthing a five-story-tall buried locomotive. But we can look at something almost as fascinating: The other giant holes that are currently… » 1/07/14 9:20am 1/07/14 9:20am

You Could Be the Proud Owner of These 19th-Century British Tunnels

Sure, this 2,000 square-foot, no-windows, no-view property is a bit of a fixer-upper. But think of the Halloween parties you could throw down here! This set of 200-year old tunnels beneath the British port city of Plymouth are going up for auction next month for the low-low price of $30,590. » 11/19/13 3:51pm 11/19/13 3:51pm