There exists a whole other world beneath the streets of New York. For decades, the city's subway tunnels have provided daring graffiti artists with a place to leave their marks. Old-timers and seasoned commuters may have passed through the tunnels enough times to have caught a moment's glance of the tags and throwups, but few have really seen the works up close.

Matt Litwack, who co-authored a recently released book Beneath the Streets: The Hidden Relics of New York's Subway System, is one such person. Although he can't tell us how he got to exploring the abandoned stations and tunnels of New York's subway system for legal reasons, he can show readers what they look like: eerie, beautiful, and somewhat elegiac.

Litwack and co-author JURNE's book contains more than 500 photos of the largely unseen graffiti down below, much of which remains untouched. “It’s a timeless environment,” Litwack tells Dwell.com. “You see it much like a track worker saw it in 1970. There are few places in New York you can say that about.”

You can buy Beneath the Streets: The Hidden Relics of New York's Subway System for $35 off Gingko Press. That's a steal, if you ask us.

Image via Dwell

Image via Dwell 

[via UntappedCities]

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