Urban Planner Proposes to Girlfriend During Second Avenue Subway Tour
May 19th, 2014
Metal beams and concrete panels paved the way to love for two urban planners who became engaged about 100 feet under 86th Street and Second Avenue.
Adam Meagher, who works for New York City’s Economic Development Corporation, proposed to girlfriend Carolyn Grossman on Sunday, May 18, in the cavern that will soon become the 86th Street station on the new Second Avenue Subway.
Grossman clapped her hands to her face in surprise as Meagher got down on one knee during an underground tour of the new line.
"Just like New Yorkers, I've been waiting a long time for the Second Avenue Subway. I have also been waiting a long time to ask you this question, which is, 'Will you marry me?'" he asked.
Her answer: “Oh my God, 100 percent.”
The couple shares a love of infrastructure and transit, which inspired Meagher to choose the tunnels being built under Second Avenue as the site of the proposal. The MTA arranged for the couple and Grossman’s parents to join a community tour of the project, and Meagher chose the spot under 86th Street because Grossman grew up in an apartment building directly above the future subway station.
The Second Avenue Subway will be New York City’s first major expansion of the subway system in more than 50 years. The first phase of construction, which extends the line to 96th Street from 63rd Street, is scheduled for completion in 2016. Residents and visitors can visit the Community Information Center for information on the project at 1628 Second Avenue, between 84th and 85th streets.
To see more photos of the proposal, visit our Flickr page here.