Issued by the General Contractors Association of New York (GCA), this attractive centennial volume
chronicles 20th-century Big Apple infrastructure construction beginning in 1909, when the GCA was formed. Presenting historic photographs
(more than 100, some never before published
), time lines, contemporary news, and anecdotes, the book moves chronologically from the openings of the Queensboro and Manhattan bridges to improvements in mass transit, roads and tunnels, water and sewers, urban renewal, and rehabilitation. Its appealing visual format strikes a favorable balance between information excess and readability.
A GCA directory, which names founding companies and modern offshoots, and photos of past association presidents and memorabilia take up about 20 pages at the end. This informative and well-designed publication,
particularly of value for historical ready-reference facts, photos, and in-the-trenches perspectives, is recommended
for academic and larger public libraries.
Russell T. Clement
Northwestern Univ. Lib., Evanston, IL (Library Journal)
About the Author
The General Contractors Association of New York, established in 1909, provides comprehensive answers and definitive solutions to the questions and concerns of New York City's heavy construction contractors and engineers.