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F happen any Tearing down the station remains one of the biggest crimes in civic architectural transportation infrastructural etc in history But even though the station is gone the tunnels still remain to this day and carry millions and millions every year From the irst time I descended into the NYC subway on hot humid August day in 1977 I ve been ascinated with the underground labyrinth hidden below the great city I often would try to ride in the ront car where I could look out the glass door and get a glimpse of the tunnels I was excited to read this book when I came across it the New York Transit Museum It is a story about so much than the subway and Penn Station It covers in detail the challenges and methods of the construction but the politics of the era The author digs deep into the mud of Tammany Hall politics before getting into the mud of the Hudson River Tammany Hall had the power to kill the Pennsylvania Railroad s PRR ambitious project to link its mainland rails by tunnels below the rivers to the island of Manhattan Alexander Cassatt PRR president had no intention of paying the customary bribes to make the project a reality Aided by newly elected reform mayor Seth Low the PRR orced the Board of Alderman s approval without the customary graft Despite the engineering and construction challenges the team of engineers robber baron Natural Blonde financiers and most importantly the immigrant laborersinally completed the project successfully in 1910 At the culmination of the 16 miles of tunnels where Manhattan s seedy Tenderloin District had ormerly sprawled stood Pennsylvania Station the grandest public space in Gotham Charles McKim s magnificent Roman style terminal survived just 53 years approximating the life expectancy of a citizen born when the PRR s irst train made the cross river transit Sadly the original station was demolished in 1963 The photos of the original station an impressive structure Some have called its demolition as one of the greatest urban planning travesties in NYC history In the tradition of David McCullough s narratives of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Panama Canal Jonnes s elegy to a mighty engineering Samantha Spinner and the Super Secret Plans feat is clearly written withascinating descriptions of the cast characters robber barons heroic builders and a Land of a Thousand Hills: My Life in Rwanda few crooks with handlebar mustaches This book was wonderful Despite being about a difficult engineering project it was an easy read It was nostalgicor a different time It was suspenseful exciting and sad I loved it Jill Jonnes just has this amazing ability to bring a certain time in history to life Every detail rom the people s lives to the engineering aspects of the project is just so rich and expertly researched I will read anything that she writes Conuering Gotham A Gilded Age Epic The Construction of Penn Station and Its Tunnels is on the construction of Penn Station and the tunnels crossing the East and North rivers into Penn Station The work is divided into two parts The irst part is background information on why the Pennsylvania Railroad decided to build Penn Station why the company chose to construct tunnels instead of building a bridge and past attempts and plans to connect Manhattan to the mainland The author details the key players like the Pennsylvania Railroad and Alexander Cassatt and then describes the political wrangling reuired to get the project approved by Tammany Hall The second part largely deals w This book is interesting but ultimately disappointing largely deals w This book is

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but ultimately disappointing and description do a magnificent job overselling the book as a cutaway look inside an urban landmark Rather than a treasure trove of unknown details and secrets of a subway and train terminal that millions of people use on a daily basis it is dry narrative of the men who constructed itFor instance it s than 100 pages into the book that ground is Infestation finally broken on the tunnel and nearly halfway until Penn Station begins to take shape The author is prone to superfic tangents on Tammany Hall Vanderbilt bridge construction New York politics and the presidency These digressions have the air of trying toill space or had substance to a weak story That is a strange If My Love Were a Fire Truck: A Daddy's Love Song feeling since the subject matter is so richAfterilling so much space with unnecessary details the book rushes to completion after Penn Station opens The destruction of the General Waiting Room to make way Write It When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-The-Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford for Madison Suare Garden is byar the best written part of the book but it gets but one chapterFor a reader after some urban anthropology Conuering Gotham oversells and under delivers Conuering Gotham tells the history of the building of Penn Station and the building of the Long Island Railroad LIRR The story is Ready for Summer fraught with ego engineeringeats and sacrifice of the common worker like most Gilded Age histories The struggle of the conuering the east river and the tunnels being built is the primary story in the book with little actually devoted to Penn Station other than being a building out of place and time The book also covers the typical Tammany Hall corruption and the Pennsylvania railroad s Cyberselfish A Critical Romp Through The Terribly Libertarian Culture Of High Tech fallrom grace under Cassatt Overall the book had a tendency to ramble and did not really live up to what I was expecting I would have liked to hear about the actual station at least eual in coverage to the tunnels and a greater A coerência textual focus on the politics of the time instead of the roundabout way it was approached If you are a true gilded age aficionado it is still worth the time to take a look at butor a casual reader or someone interested in urban history you should probably pas. Rsey and Long Island Confronted by payoff hungry politicians brutal underground working conditions and disastrous blowouts and explosions it would take him nearly a decade to make Penn Station and its tunnels a reality Set against the bustling backdrop of Gilded Age New York Conuering Gotham will enthrall ans of David McCullough’s The Great Bridge and Ron Chernow’s Titan. ,
An effort to consistently and persistingly re define the larger city in the ace of modern expressions and realities the larger city in actuality Dogs Behaving Badly functioning as a series of ever changing neighborhoods in which concerns gentrification politics social dynamics are constantly evolving and shifting with it This is why NYC is known as the unfinished city It is constantly changing It was no different with the story of Penn Station The station was in the middle of one of its poorer neighborhoods aact that leads in to some decent commentary about the First Year Teacher: Wit and Wisdom from Teachers Who'€ve Been There function of architecture and infrastructure in light of the people that a make up these neighborhoods Often these developments came through with aorce guided by a vision and Revenge of the Land: A Century of Greed, Tragedy, and Murder on a Saskatchewan Farm fueled by money and politics Neighborhoods becomeorced to adapt and change thus becoming temporarily displaced and then at times moved andor redeveloped in to another section of the city accordingly This mentality has its shortcomings short term disruption of the neighborhoods and the people involved and the tendency to April 16th: Virginia Tech Remembers forget about the people who are affected As well there is a danger inailing to recognize the value of history and historic architecture But in a city made up of multiple boroughs and with a uniue diversification of character and immigration it has a way of orcing the city to stay honest It tends to keep the problems in view and guards against complacency It makes certain that conversation is happening as time moves orward And it allows Mindful Living with Aspergers Syndrome for the struggles of one area toind solutions in the experiences and perspectives of another And ultimately when a city is not afraid to revamp reconfigure and reimagine how it does things on a consistent basis this opens the door or the different and competing sections of the city to work togetherFor Penn station this sort of revamping of a poorer neighborhood in order to create one of the upscale glamourous artistic and lovely pieces of architecture in America and one of the ambitious transporting hubs of the era orced these two characteristics to work together upper and lower class Unfortunately what it The Habitat Guide to Birding failed to do wasor see the middleworking class as the glue that would need to hold it together a class that was ultimately glossed over in the design of the structure itselfAny city gets what it admires will pay Space Kid for and ultimately deserves Even when we had Penn Station we couldn t afford to keep it clean We want and deserve tin can architecture in a tin horn culture And we will probably be judged not by the monuments we build but by those we have destroyed This was writtenor the New York Times during the 60 s a period of time that saw history come in to a Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town fullorce collision with the nature of orward progress The railroad was taking over and with it New York was reaching or the sky in a Every Drop for Sale: Our Desperate Battle Over Water fashion unlike it ever had before along with the rest of America Now of course history will now tell us that this sentiment was not entirely accurate The demolition of Penn Station would be the very thing that would lead touture legislation that would protect the rest of NYC s historic architecture There has since been a lot of movement not only to save it but to re envision it and reinvent it at the same time Any visit to NYC is a wonderful Down We Go: Living Into the Wild Ways of Jesus fusion of past and present romantic and modern But what this article does show is just how hard it is to respond to the ever changing world accordingly Just as soon as the railroad exploded car culture pushed itself in to its path along with aviation And with every change the landscape has to adjust But Penn station looms over this truth as a tall example of what is lost when we neglect our architectural history and a great example of what happens when we disassociate our buildingsrom the people that use them It is a reminder that these kinds of buildings are not just made rom the elements but are a reflection of the people s soul and tells the story of a city in a way little else can For Penn Station that it had such an impact on the displacement of a neighborhood and that it in the end neglected the actual needs of the people is a testimony how much power lies in these kinds of developments For every needs of the is a testimony of how much power lies in these kinds of developments For every that culture pushes us orward we must continue to make efforts to remember these stories and to see the people behind the building Cassatt saw this in the initial vision and this is why his statue remains After reading this book two things stand out in my mind 1 This book is much a book about the unprecedented engineering of the river tunnels than it is about Charles McKim s lamented travertine and granite pile and that is ine with me To truly appreciate
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architecture of any one must also appreciate the engineering that made such architecture possible2 The hour that PBS devoted to this ascinating story of muscle mud machinery and architectural majesty did not do its story justice showing the statue of Samuel Rea but not explaining his part in seeing the great undertaking through to completion or that his statue was originally located in the soaring main waiting room of the demolished station on to re reading the bookend story to Penn StationThe Pan Am Building by Meredith Clausen This time the OTHER glorious monument to NYC rail survives the post war destructive tendencies of that era s leaders Jill does a great job telling the great tale of the construction of the miles of tunnels the political drama and of course the late great Penn Station These kinds of projects are what built the nation and you don t see this kind of stuf. Ting story a high stakes drama that pitted the money and will of the nation’s mightiest railroad against the corruption of Tammany Hall the unruly The Allergy-Fighting Garden: Stop Asthma and Allergies with Smart Landscaping forces of nature and the machinations of labor agitators In 1901 the president of the Pennsylvania Railroad Alexander Cassatt determined that it was technicallyeasible to build a system of tunnels connecting Manhattan to New Je. I started this book hoping to learn about the engineering of old Penn Station and how it was built But very early on the author describes the problem acing the railroad in 1901 as No bridge or tunnel of the magnitude needed to span the Hudson River had ever been built That does sound impressive but I have to note that the Gotthard Tunnel not the Gotthard Base Tunnel that opened recently that goes through the Swiss Alps opened in 1882 almost two decades prior and is about nine miles long three times the length of the North River Tunnels Certainly the engineering challenges are different going under a river than through mountains but it s hard to argue that the magnitude of the Gotthard Tunnel is not at least eual if not substantially I am also skeptical of this claim when it comes to bridges but less inclined to search out that information Conuering Gotham presents itself as an inside examination of the incredible Penn Station In reality it is the story of the politics the tunnels and the people that orged a path or the railroad to inally make its way in to the heart of Manhattan I have always been Shadower fascinated to learn of Penn Station especially as someone who never had the privilege of seeing itirst hand I have always wondered at the reasoning and the politics that led to its demise In this sense Owls: Birds of the Night for me the best portions of this book were the last two chapters where weinally see Penn Station completed Unfortunately it rushes through these chapters leaving us with merely a glimpse of this architectural wonder and the brief years in which it managed to survive Similar to the history of the Brooklyn Bridge the weight of the story is Bon Bon Voyage (A Carolyn Blue Culinary Mystery, found in the incredible effort that such an architecturaleat tunnels and infrastructure demanded of the workers There is a lot of overlap with the story of the Brooklyn Bridge as a Guilded Age story that sees the expansive and explosive growth of the railroad move across North America It would be short sighted Bon Bon Voyage for us toorget about how dangerous it really was to pursue these societal advances and build these sorts of ground breaking monuments during this period One can also add that this was still the age where such buildings and bridges and tunnels and stations represented a whole lot than simply a building One could argue that modern architecture has lost of bit of this old soul For a historical biography of a particular piece of architecture this book makes the mechanics and the details interesting and dramatic There is something marvellous and breathtaking or example of having to wait years to see if a shot in the dark decision to abstain rom drilling a couple of positioning posts might one day lead to the collapse of the tunnels and the death of civilians or if this decision would end up actually saving the uture state of the tunnels This is the kind of risks that these projects demanded in the absence of tried and true theories and examples Again as with the story of the Brooklyn Bridge politics and money play a big part in shaping the landscape of this period in New Yorks history not to mention the greater American landscape This is another part that I enjoyed immensely I ound it ascinating to read about the ebb and low of economic growth in light of the age of the railroad What is even informing and interesting is to read of the individuals that sat at the helm of moving the American economy orward It is a story of corruption and morality and it is actually refreshing to see that even in The Midst Of The midst of the some of the key individuals who shaped our current landscape were the ones who were interested in seeing the moral high ground survive It is a reminder that while the railroad represented money it really was about the people as all great architecture and infrastructure is Casatt the visioneer of the Penn Station idea was one of those people and sadly he never lived to see his project to completion It was also nice to see a bit inside the person of Roosevelt who comes off as a wholly compelling individualAnother part that I loved is not surprisingly ound near the end When you inally see Penn station complete we are given a glimpse of some of the problems that lie underneath this incredible Roman like construction To read that its initial purpose did not or see its actual unction as a commuter station and a link to Long Island and thus was not designed appropriately to compliment the people who would end up riding is telling The image of the station is as a link rom North America in to Manhattan In reality Manhattan would attempt to claim the station exclusively or its own interests This leads us To The Examination Of the examination of relationship between Philadelphia and New York City It Is In This Relationship That We York City It is in this relationship that we the real reason Days of Infamy: Military Blunders Of The 20th Century for its premature and unfortunate demise According to Jones NYC rejected the station as an architectural wonder because it represented Philly than it did the character of NYC It was low lying and expansive rather than a high rising and space saving design As he puts it it had its soul in Philadelphia and it s physical presence in New York City It isor this reason that Grand Central remains to this day as one of the great symbols of NYC a true part of its own history that sits at the actual heart of the city Penn Station would Old Yeller forever struggle andail to live up to its promise as a game changing piece in the Manhattan landscapeThere are so many stories of the progress of NYC that ollow this same trend of moving through and under and over neighborhoods in. The epic story of the struggle to connect New York City to the rest of the nation The demolition of Penn Station in 1963 destroyed not just a soaring neoclassical edifice but also a building that commemorated one of the last century’s great engineering eats the construction of railroad tunnels into New York City Now in this gripping narrative Jill Jonnes tells this ascina.

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