In 2000, the NYC Transit authority joined forces with an artificial reef building program, dropping stripped and decontaminated subway cars off barges into the Atlantic Ocean. These barren hulls would soon become colonized, providing refuge for several fish and crustacean species. Photographer Stephen Mallon chronicled the grand endeavor with a series of stunning yet haunting photographs as these iconic New York City figures made their way to their last stop: the Atlantic Ocean.

(via Saturdays Surf)