Members of the community who live in the tunnels beneath the glittering project see it as an opportunity to earn more, while others complain ‘it’s not helping us’

Whatever the aesthetic judgement of Manhattan’s $25bn Hudson Yards development – Pulitzer prize winning critic Jerry Saltz called it a “corporate mega-monstrosity” – there is at least once group of city dwellers who are optimistic about the development: the homeless who live underneath it.

For decades, the subway and rail tunnels beneath and around Hudson Yards have offered shelter of sorts for the city’s homeless population, often those who, in the social caste system of the dispossessed, have cut themselves off by literally going underground.

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