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NYC Subway – Redbirds Underwater

About 2500 old NYC subway cars, including 1000 so-called Redbirds, have been buried about 80 feet underwater off the US east coast during the last years, as the Spiegel recently published! After running round about 40 years in one of the world’s largest subway networks, this is their last stop…

Redbirds – Anti-Graffiti Subway

The Redbirds, which are named after their cinnabar red anti-graffiti coat of paint and got famous during the early 1980th, when New York Cities graffiti scene reached the peak, are now helping to create an artificial reef off the coast of Delaware (named Redbirds Reef), what sounds really weird in my ears…

But the story is not new! Already back in 2001 the Maryland Reef Initiative established the Redbird Reef, which back then was composed of 714 Redbird NYC subway cars, 86 retired tanks and armored personnel carriers, eight tugboats and barges, and 3,000 tons of ballasted truck tires, as Wikipedia knows.

Anyway, here are some new photos documenting Redbirds being thrown into the sea – great impressions!

NYC Subway   Redbirds Underwater

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