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New York's Forgotten Substations: The Power Behind the Subway
     

New York's Forgotten Substations: The Power Behind the Subway

by Christopher Payne, Chris Payne
 

All over New York City, hidden behind unassuming historic facades, sits the gigantic machinery of the power stations that once moved the subways. For over a century, the 125,000-pound converters and related equipment of the substations remained largely unchanged, but in 1999 the last manually operated substation was shut down and since then they have been

Overview

All over New York City, hidden behind unassuming historic facades, sits the gigantic machinery of the power stations that once moved the subways. For over a century, the 125,000-pound converters and related equipment of the substations remained largely unchanged, but in 1999 the last manually operated substation was shut down and since then they have been systematically dismantled and sold as scrap.

In 1997, author Christopher Payne was introduced to the substations by an official of the Metropolitan Transit Authority's Power Division. Since then, he has rushed to photograph, draw, and write the history of these amazing buildings and their machines before they are completely gone. With virtually unlimited access to the substations, he has developed an intimate bond with the buildings that most people know only in passing. His beautiful photographs and detailed drawings bring these lost treasures to life, while his illuminating text tells their fascinating story. Anyone interested in the art of industrial America or the New York subway will find this book a delight.

Editorial Reviews

A useful and attractive record, for the aesthete and the industrial archaeologist. Highly detailed b&w photos cover the elaborate system of stations that converted AC electricity to DC (to power the subways); most of these anachronisms are gone. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568983554
Publisher:
Princeton Architectural Press
Publication date:
09/01/2002
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.37(d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Payne is an architect with Weiss Manfredi architects. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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