New York Underground

New York Underground

The Anatomy of A City

Book - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
An illustrated history of the city's underground, with photographs of the cyclotron of the Manhattan Project, the cave used during Prohibition for liquor, and the original plans and pictures from the men who built the tunnels.

& Francis Publishing

Did alligators ever really live in New York's sewers? What's it like to explore the old aqueducts beneath the city? How many levels are beneath Grand Central Station? And how exactly did the pneumatic tube system that New York's post offices used to employ work?

In this richly illustrated historical tour of New York's vast underground systems, Julia Solis answers all these questions and much, much more. New York Underground takes readers through ingenious criminal escape routes, abandoned subway stations, and dark crypts beneath lower Manhattan to expose the city's basic anatomy. While the city is justly famous for what lies above ground, its underground passages are equally legendary and tell us just as much about how the city works.

Book News
Writer and photographer Solis is an extraordinary urban spelunker, braving the lost tracks of subway tunnels, waterways both clean and foul, and even the abandoned underground passages of the mental institution that has been converted to Columbia University. She shows us the remains of the cyclotron of the Manhattan Project, the cave for liquor maintained by "21" during Prohibition, and the bent pilings beneath what was once the World Trade Center. She augments her own photographs with her collection of postcards, original plans, and pictures left behind by those who bored and sealed away tunnels beneath the streets. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

& Taylor

A lavishly illustrated historical odyssey through New York's remarkable underground systems celebrates the centennial of the New York subways as it examines fascinating facts, myths, and lore about this colorful underground world.

Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2005
ISBN: 0415950139 (hb : alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 917.471044 SOL
Characteristics: vii, 251 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm


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Jan 21, 2016

A very informative and engrossing book full of facts concerning New York's fabled underground as well as stories detailing the discovery of this forgotten world.


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