New York Underground: The Anatomy of a City (Anglais) Relié – 2 décembre 2004
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Did alligators ever really live in New York's sewers? What's it like to explore the old aqueducts beneath the city? How many levels are beneath Grand Central Station? And how exactly did the pneumatic tube system that New York's post offices used to employ work?
In this richly illustrated historical tour of New York's vast underground systems, Julia Solis answers all these questions and much, much more. New York Underground takes readers through ingenious criminal escape routes, abandoned subway stations, and dark crypts beneath lower Manhattan to expose the city's basic anatomy. While the city is justly famous for what lies above ground, its underground passages are equally legendary and tell us just as much about how the city works.
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I am a huge fan of the history of New York and this took my interest in a new direction...down. Solis takes us on journeys through the subway and train systems, underground passageways and the immense and sometime interlocking building foundations. The amazing stories that she "digs up" along the way hold interest and the accompanying photographs do not rob one's imagings of what it is like underground New York - they enhance the whole experience. It is also a history of the growth of New York and how strains on fresh water, transportation, electricity, and communications drove the need to tunnel and burrow. As well, it ably proves that 'progress is mostly the product of rogues' by telling the stories of the rich and the entrepreneurial who headed many of the large capital projects underground.
The opulence of some of the now abandoned or destroyed work is awesome. This includes City Hall Station closed since 1945, McAdoo station's vaulted ceilings, the incredible Pennsylvania Station (sad that it is gone), and Grand Central. The Chapter, The Lost Tunnel of Atlantic Avenue, reads like an Indiana Jones movie. Because of reading the book, I may now have to book a private dinner in the restaurant Philip Marie which has a long buried living room beyond its basement which must have resulted when Manhattan was leveled for planned urban development. A very interesting contribution to the incredible history of New York and an area where much more is waiting to be discovered.
I'm intrigued by the concept- dark, hidden, timeless tunnels lurking beneath
the streets of the world's most busy city.
I'm intrigued with treatment given to these topics- as part history lesson,
part engineering analysis, part whimsical exploration, part spectator/reporter's
report. Seems to hit the perfect balance of enough historical/technical, without
becoming an academic text book.
And original photographs- brings me to my third case of 'intreguement' (is this a
word?)- WHO IS THIS PERSON? How did she get so good at what she is doing ?
(strange little snapshot of her in a rubber boat around page 89, with an enigmatic
smile that just says "that's for me know, guys, and you to wonder about").
Looks like her other books (and web sites) are expanding the scope of her artistic
visions of non-conventional places (ie abandon movie theaters, etc). I guess I'll
be reviewing some more books by Ms Solis soon.
Oh, yes, before I forget, if you ever wondered what lies beneath your feet if
you're walking a NYC sidewalk, BUY THE BOOK!