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New York's Forgotten Substations

The Power Behind the Subway
Princeton Architectural Press

By Christopher Payne

8.5 x 8.5 in; 112 pp;
124 duotone photographs
Paperback
September 2002
ISBN 9781568983554
ISBN10 1568983557

SKU# 9781568983554

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All over New York City, hidden behind unassuming historic facades, sits the gigantic machinery of the power stations that once moved the subways. For over a century, the 125,000-pound converters and related equipment of the substations remained largely un...
New York's Forgotten Substations


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New York's Forgotten Substations

All over New York City, hidden behind unassuming historic facades, sits the gigantic machinery of the power stations that once moved the subways. For over a century, the 125,000-pound converters and related equipment of the substations remained largely unchanged, but in 1999 the last manually operated substation was shut down and since then they have been systematically dismantled and sold as scrap.

In 1997, author Christopher Payne was introduced to the substations by an official of the Metropolitan Transit Authority's Power Division. Since then, he has rushed to photograph, draw, and write the history of these amazing buildings and their machines before they are completely gone. With virtually unlimited access to the substations, he has developed an intimate bond with the buildings that most people know only in passing. His beautiful photographs and detailed drawings bring these lost treasures to life, while his illuminating text tells their fascinating story. Anyone interested in the art of industrial America or the New York subway will find this book a delight.

 

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8.5 x 8.5 in; 112 pp;
124 duotone photographs
Paperback
September 2002
ISBN 9781568983554
ISBN10 1568983557
Christopher Payne is an architect with Weiss Manfredi architects. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.