New York Underground: The Anatomy of a City / Edition 1

New York Underground: The Anatomy of a City / Edition 1

by Julia Solis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415950139

ISBN-13: 9780415950138

Pub. Date: 10/01/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415950138
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/01/2004
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction3
2A city built on treacherous rock9
3Struggling for fresh water19
4In the wake of the Croton Maid29
5An alligator marks the sewers41
6A maze of pipes beneath the streets49
7The secret subway of Alfred Beach61
8Welcome to the subway crush67
9Ghost stations81
10Silent tunnels87
11Moving trains below the Hudson97
12The rise and fall of Penn Station105
13The mysteries of Grand Central111
14An overview129
15The lost tunnel of Atlantic Avenue133
16The Freedom Tunnel143
17Playgrounds of the underworld151
18Tunnels for the masses157
19The tunnels of Seaview Hospital161
20The labyrinth below Columbia University167
21The graffiti of dead soldiers175
22New York's largest foundation183
23Unusual foundations197
24Breweries, speakeasies, and wine cellars207
25The crypts beneath New York's first cathedral215
26The attraction of the underground221

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