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Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2011 12:00 pm | Updated: 11:11 am, Thu Mar 31, 2011.

   Sunnyside tunnels are prepared for LIRR East Side Access




   PHOTO 1: Jimmy Horan, of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn works as an underground electrician.


   PHOTO 2: A large number of Irish immigrants are helping to dig the tunnels.


   PHOTO 3: Looking down upon the construction site, groundwater seeps from the walls.


   PHOTO 4: The business end of one of the 22-foot diameter tunnel boring machines.


   PHOTO 5: When David Harvey, right, immigrated from Ireland, he thought he would never pick up a shovel again.


   PHOTO 6: Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Jay Walder congratulates Sangida Bagum, a student at IS 204, the Oliver Wendell Holmes School in Long Island City, for naming one of the tunnel drills “Tess,” which stands for Tunnel Excavation Sunnyside.


   PHOTO 7: Shadows cast by workers and journalists at the site beneath Sunnside Yards.


   PHOTO 8: One worker proves that texting is still possible underground.





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