Step underground to peer into the caverns that will be New York's first transport project in 90 years.

While millions of New Yorkers commute to and fro underground, there's a massive subway construction project happening simultaneously – the building of the Second Avenue Subway. This new undertaking has been 90 years in the making and the first NYC endeavor of its kind since 1932. The $4.5 billion transportation project hopes to ease overcrowding and delays on the east side of Manhattan.

Patrick Cashin, the staff photographer for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York, has captured the subway's construction since 2009, when the the first hole was big enough for workers to climb through. These incredible images reveal an otherworldly environment where layers of black rock are transformed into empty caverns. See more of the project progress in our gallery below.

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