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New York's Forgotten Substations: The Power Behind the Subway Paperback – September 1, 2002
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Christopher Payne's new book answers this question and reminded me of my experience so many years ago. This handsome volume, one of a series of studies published by Princeton Architectural Press ("Grain Elevators", "Wood Burners", "Bethlehem Steel"), is a fascinating look at a building type that developed from the site specific infrastructure within one city, the power supply for the New York City Subway system. The appeal of this book is its combination of history, personal interest, photography, as-built plans, and hand sketches done by the author. This is a fine example of what is called a typology study, a monograph whose subject is a particular building type or function. Typology studies can be dry affairs loaded with minutia that would appeal only to academic types.Read more ›
If you love NYC subway history or technology, industrial archeology, or images of electrical machinery from days gone by, this book if for you. Very unique!
There are small maps showing the locations of the substations of the various IRT, BMT, IND, and elevated lines, photos of the facades of these buildings, and photos of the machinery contained in some of them (including both the functioning and disused substations). The informative text gives a general explanation of a substation, the purpose of each machine, as well as historical information.
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The book is interesting in a sort of disjointed way. If you like abandoned industrial settings the pictures are great too look at. Read morePublished on October 3, 2008 by Kris
An excellent high quality work at a very reasonable price.
Well written interesting text, superb high quality photographs and professional architectural drawings. Read more
I'm not an architecture student, or an art fan. I just happen to have an obsession with infrastructure. This book was completely satisfying. Read morePublished on December 12, 2006 by T. K. Lamond