- ペーパーバック: 296ページ
- 出版社: Routledge; 1版 (2007/12/21)
- 言語: 英語
- ISBN-10: 9780415963107
- ISBN-13: 978-0415963107
- ASIN: 0415963109
- 発売日： 2007/12/21
- 商品の寸法: 21.6 x 1.3 x 29.2 cm
- カスタマーレビュー: 評価の数 21
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: 洋書 - 2,997,983位 (洋書の売れ筋ランキングを見る)
New York Underground: The Anatomy of a City (英語) ペーパーバック – 2007/12/21
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"Want to know what's amazing underneath New York City? Want to know about all the stuff that you'd never guess is below Manhattan, including everything from secret subway stations to cave crickets? Then start digging into Julia Solis' anatomical report on the Big Subterranean Apple, which is dark and deep and, despite eight million people living on top of it, largely unknown." - Robert Sullivan, Author of Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants
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Everyone is aware of the subway transportation system but that is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to tunnels, holes, voids, and caverns under New York City. Some of the inaccessible subterranean spaces of New York City include the cathedral-like inner sanctums of the Brooklyn Bridge, which resembles a Gothic cathedral, and the horrific remnants of many old hospitals and asylums. Then there's the bowels of Columbia University, the old pneumatic tube mail system, abandoned train stations, the bowels of Grand Central, sewers, the labyrinthine ruins of the Old Croton Aqueduct, and the old gang tunnels that run below the streets of Chinatown ......and more. Others to venture beneath the City are the graffiti artists some of whose work was captured on film by the author.
And yes, an alligator has been found. In early February 1935 snow clearers in Harlem saw an open sewer manhole and decided it would be a good place to dump some snow. However on closer inspection one of them saw an alligator down there, which when retrieved, weighed in at 125 lbs and was almost eight feet long. A few others have been discovered since.
Julia Solis subterranean adventures beneath the city's streets, explores its layers of history along the way which will be of interest to not only visitors to the city, and devotee's, but also to New Yorkers who will be astounded to learn of the secrets lurking beneath the pavements. Didn't think I would much enjoy the book but Boy! was I wrong....absolutely loved it but realistic enough to accept that it probably has a restricted readership.
Ne correspond pas à mes attentes de voir des photos du vrai neuw york underground
En fait le livre parle de l'underground ou metro de new York
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!
I would say that most people living in New York city know nothing of these places.