Jeff Smith wrote:^I'm pretty sure the "mole people" or "tunnel people" was an urban legend that was debunked. I think that arose from the Riverside Park Empire Tunnel before it was restored to service, and not the subway.
Jeff, I'm thinking that there is or was truth to this "legend".
[quote="At 3:35 PM on February 6, 2012 In an article entitled "Man who died in subway station ‘home’ had written book about living underground", Christina Boyle of the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS' staff"]
Anthony Horton wrote stories and sketched pictures about his subterranean experiences.
A homeless man who died when a blaze ripped through his underground home Sunday had written a book about living in the New York subways.
Anthony Horton’s body was discovered inside an abandoned communications room about 150 feet from the F train platform at Lexington Ave. and E. 63rd St., officials said.
He had been living in the subway for about two decades and wrote stories and sketched pictures about his subterranean experiences.
“He was incredibly gentle and chivalrous,” said artist Youme Nguyen Ly, who met Horton on the subway in 2004 and became friends.
The pair co-wrote the graphic novel “Pitch Black,” with Nguyen Ly writing under her maiden name Youme Landowne, which details Horton’s life and the frightening aspects of living underground.
“He was so sharing and so bright,” Nguyen Ly said.
“He was an extremely talented writer with a great voice and sense of humor and he would draw everything all the time.”[/quote]
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/man ... z2BmODbyE7
So now I wonder if:
Added 09 Nov 2012:
- There were no casualties/deaths.
- News of any casualties or deaths is being suppressed for reasons I'll not speculate on.
mikey cruz wrote: The "mole people" aren't fictional, there's video's of NYCT cops goin down there and evicting them out of relay rooms and unused subway lines. I wanna say the areas that flooded aren't usually prone to have homeless people though (new south ferry,east river tunnels) most likely they either were moved by cops to shelters or towards midtown on their own where the lines are higher.
I hope you're right Mikey! My apologies for missing this portion of your post.
Please note: Although I express concern for those homeless individuals who may be or have been living in the tunnels, nothing in this post should be construed as an endorsement of dangerous or unlawful trespassing or behavior in any way, shape or form.
Seen behind the motorman on the inside wall of a PCC departing "Riverside" many years ago: "Pickpockets are on duty for your convenience."