The Works contains a section on pretty much every aspect of the Big Apple's infrastructure. You'll learn the mystery of the shiny silver tanks that have become a familiar sight on New York streets. (They prevent moisture from damaging underground phone lines.) Ascher explains how the city's 23 million daily pieces of mail are processed. We also learn about the 27-mile underground pneumatic mail tube that used to carry canisters with 500 letters up to 30 miles per hour around Manhattan. Also interesting: the story of the nine-foot-long, 800-pound robot submarine that city engineers send to probe leaks in the Delaware Aqueduct--which, it might interest you to know, is the world's longest continuous underground tunnel. And you'll find out all about Colonel Waring and his "White Wings." A great coffee table book for New York lovers or anyone with a curiosity bone. --Alex Roslin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I got this book as a gift for my son who loves architecture and urban planning. It includes descriptions and details and he found it very interesting.Published 1 day ago by Melissa Velik
A good introduction over some basic elements of urbanism, how a city works (using NYC as a specific example)Published 7 days ago by Juan Carlos
This is a wonderful resource that explains the nuisances of what it takes to keep New York City operating. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Leon Czikowsky
What a great book. A lot of interesting history and information. The illustrations are awesome.Published 1 month ago by Tim R.
Kate has always written and done everything well, I found both of her books to be very informative. I hope she does many more.Published 3 months ago by Joseph Strain
I saw this tagline in a 1932 issue of Fortune magazine and having worked my way halfway through this book, I was reminded of it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kaleberg
Real students of cities know that the unseen is as important as the seen in a city. This book pulls back the layers of the complex systems that make a city work. Read morePublished 4 months ago by econmatrix
Thought there would be more in-depth knowledge here. Some parts interesting, some parts obvious, and on the whole too specific to NY as a city.Published 5 months ago by Ronald Reagan