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Underneath New York
Everyone wonders what goes on down a manhole. This book explores the mysteries beneath New York City's streets, telling the story of hidden pipes and cables and how they are kept in order. It might be called a Sidewalk Superintendent's Guide, but it is much more than that. It is a vivid account of a city in action. The author received the generous cooperation of the engine ...more
Paperback, 211 pages
Published January 1st 1991 by Fordham University Press
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What has a sixlane highway all sealed up and never used? And bomb-proof tubes 80 stories into the ground? Why, New York, of course. In 1947, Harry Granick wrote a tribute to technology entitled Underneath New York, which is a truly fascinating account of how a modern city works. If you've ever seen David Macaulay’s book City, you have an appreciation of what lies underneath those streets. New York has as many layers underground as the Chrysler Building is high. Robert Sullivan has added a long i ...more
This book is a lot of fun if you're into the "what makes it work?" kind of thing. The author rambles a bit, but it was definitely an interesting perspective on the innards of a city. The book was written in the 60's and one of the more interesting aspects, to me, was the relationship to technology that seems particular to that time. The author speaks of neighborhoods in New York that still use coal burning stoves for heat, and there is a general sense of all the technology being new. But more th ...more