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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.
If you like NYC and curious about the inner workings, it is a plus for kids or adults that are into that stuff. Like a little mini Discovery Channel in paper back of the cityPublished 10 days ago by Kevin A.
A nice little book, but very broad and does not go into a lot of depth about the subjects it covers. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Caroline Mark
Loved it! Great graphics for kids and brings to life infrastructure!Published 2 months ago by bryson brown
Excellent book. Interesting blend of information and illustrationsPublished 3 months ago by Alejandro Ferrer