The City Beneath Us: Building the New York Subways

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2004 - History - 245 pages
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A newly discovered cache of magnificent historical photographs. There have been, and will be, other books on the New York City subway system, but none have had access to the wonderful photographic prints from the collections of the New York Transit Museum that are presented in this volume. Made from 8 x 10-inch glass negatives after the turn of the last century, and reproduced here in glorious duotone, over 175 images show the incredible construction techniques and details involved in creating the underground marvel we enjoy today. From "cut and cover" and deep tunneling to sinking under-river tubes and disastrous cave-ins, these photographs are nothing short of awe-inspiring. The book is accompanied by an engaging, illustrated history of the subway system. Published in honor of the New York City subway's centennial, A City Beneath Us will fascinate anyone who's ever been amazed by the gigantic undertaking that is New York City transportation. 175 duotone and 40 black-and-white photographs.

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Review: The City Beneath Us: Building the New York Subway

User Review  - Jan - Goodreads

I picked this up at the library while browsing the stacks, expecting a detailed study of the New York subway system. Instead, I found a well reasoned study of the beginnings of the subways in NYC ... Read full review

Review: The City Beneath Us: Building the New York Subway

User Review  - Noah - Goodreads

An interesting read and view for any subterranean dwellers like so many New Yorkers. The old timey photos are fascinating. It's not my favorite coffee table book ("Skyscrapers" currently holds that title) but anybody who rides the subway should give it a once over. Read full review



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VIVIAN HELLER received her Ph.D. in literature and modern studies from Yale University. Her short stories have appeared in "Confrontation and "Bomb. She lives in Staatsburg, New York.

The New York Transit Museum is home to more than 100 years of transit lore and memorabilia. The museum's central facility is housed in an authentic 1930s subway station in Brooklyn Heights.

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