Sandhog

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New York sandhogs in a new rail tunnel

Sandhog is the slang term given to urban miners, construction workers who work underground on a variety of excavation projects in New York City.[1] Generally these projects involve tunneling, caisson excavation, road building, or some other type of underground construction or mining projects. The miners work with a variety of equipment from tunnel boring machines to explosives to remove material for the project they are building. The term is an American colloquialism.

Starting with their first job in 1872, the Brooklyn Bridge, the "hogs" have built a large part of the New York City infrastructure including the subways and sewers, Water Tunnels No. 1 and No. 2 as well as the currently under construction Water Tunnel No. 3, the Lincoln, Holland, Queens-Midtown, and Brooklyn-Battery tunnels. In addition, they worked on the foundations for most of the bridges and many of the skyscrapers in the city. Many of these workers are Irish or Irish American and West Indian.

Sandhogging is often a tradition and is passed down through generations of families; since mining projects span decades, it is not uncommon to find multi-generations of families to work together on the same job.[2]

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Jimmy Breslin "Table Money," Tickner & Fields, New York 1986, ISBN 9780899193120

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  1. ^ "The Men Who Make New York Work". NYC Sandhogs Local 147. Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  2. ^ Fisher, Ian (November 28, 1993). "Tunneling Into a World of Danger; Fatal Accident Puts Spotlight on Sandhogs' Perilous Job". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  3. ^ "softskull.com". 
  4. ^ "City of Water" (abstract), The New Yorker, September 1, 2003.
  5. ^ "Sandhogs - 800 feet below NYC streets". A&E Television Networks. Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  6. ^ Penn Station The American Experience

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