Conquering Gotham

Author: Jill Jonnes
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101218891
Release Date: 2007-04-19
Genre: Architecture

“Superb. [A] first-rate narrative” (The Wall Street Journal) about the controversial construction of New York’s beloved original Penn Station and its tunnels, from the author of Eiffel's Tower and Urban Forests As bestselling books like Ron Chernow's Titan and David McCullough's The Great Bridge affirm, readers are fascinated with the grand personalities and schemes that populated New York at the close of the nineteenth century. Conquering Gotham re- creates the riveting struggle waged by the great Pennsylvania Railroad to build Penn Station and the monumental system of tunnels that would connect water-bound Manhattan to the rest of the continent by rail. Historian Jill Jonnes tells a ravishing tale of snarling plutocrats, engineering feats, and backroom politicking packed with the most colorful figures of Gilded Age New York. Conquering Gotham will be featured in an upcoming episdoe of PBS's American Experience. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Conquering Gotham A Gilded Age Epic

Author: Jill Jonnes
ISBN: 1437966632
Release Date: 2009-05-01

As the 19th cent. ends, PA Railroad pres. Alexander Cassatt seeks some way -- other than fleets of ferries from N.J. -- to bring the PRR¿s millions of passengers into water-locked Gotham. By 1901 the PRR will build a monumental system of electrified tunnels under the Hudson River, Manhattan, and the East River to Long Island, capping them with the crown jewel of PA Station. And so begins a high-stakes Gilded Age drama pitting the nation¿s greatest corp. against the forces of Tammany N.Y. This narrative brings to life the feats of politicking and engineering that forever changed N.Y.¿s physical and psychological geography. In late 1910, PA Station, Charles McKim¿s great Doric temple to transportation, opens in all its magnificence. Photos.


Author: Edward Rutherfurd
Publisher: Karl Blessing Verlag
ISBN: 9783641137878
Release Date: 2014-10-27
Genre: Fiction

Der Meister des Monumental-Epos entdeckt Paris neu Fünf Familien, deren Schicksale sich mit der großen Historie dieser Stadt über Jahrhunderte verweben: Die adligen Le Cygnes sind mit den armen Le Sourds seit der Niederschlagung der Pariser Kommune in einer Rachegeschichte unheilvoll verbunden. Die Brüder Gascon, die in den Hinterhöfen von Montmartre zu Hause sind, erleben bei der Errichtung des Eiffelturms Glanz und Elend – und, was den älteren der beiden Gascons betrifft, die große Liebe. Und schließlich sind da die Blanchards, die im Napoleonischen Zeitalter im Kunsthandel ihr Glück machten, ebenso wie Kunsthändlerfamilie Jacob, die aber 1940 im Zuge der deutschen Besatzung alles zu verlieren drohen.

Die letzten Tage der Nacht

Author: Graham Moore
ISBN: 9783732539826
Release Date: 2017-02-16
Genre: Fiction

"Eine geniale Reise in die Vergangenheit" The Washington Post New York, 1888. Thomas Edison hat mit seiner bahnbrechenden Erfindung der Glühbirne ein Wunder gewirkt. Die Elektrizität ist geboren, die dunklen Tage der Menschheit sind Vergangenheit. Nur eine Sache steht Edison und seinem Monopol im Weg, sein Konkurrent George Westinghouse. Zwischen den beiden Männern entbrennt ein juristischer Kampf, es geht um die Milliarden-Dollar-Frage: Wer hat die Glühbirne wirklich erfunden? Und wer hat also die Macht, ein ganzes Land zu elektrifizieren? Der NEW YORK TIMES-Bestseller jetzt auf deutsch! Graham Moore, der für sein Drehbuch für den Film "Imitation Game" mit einem Oscar ausgezeichnet wurde, ist mit "Die letzten Tage der Nacht" ein packender historischer Roman gelungen, der auf wahren Ereignissen beruht.

Rethinking the American City

Author: Miles Orvell
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812245615
Release Date: 2013-11-01
Genre: Architecture

Whether struggling in the wake of postindustrial decay or reinventing themselves with new technologies and populations, cities have once again moved to the center of intellectual and political concern. Rethinking the American City brings together leading scholars from a range of disciplines to examine an array of topics that illuminate the past, present, and future of cities. Rethinking the American City offers a lively and fascinating survey of contemporary thinking about cities in a transnational context. Utilizing an innovative format, each chapter opens with an iconic image and includes a brief and provocative essay on a single topic followed by an extended dialogue among all the essayists. Topics range from energy use, design, and digital media to transportation systems and housing to public art, urban ruins, and futurist visions. By engaging with key contemporary concerns—public and private space, sustainability, ethnic and racial divisions, and technology—this volume illuminates how global society has imagined American urban life. Contributors: Klaus Benesch, Dolores Hayden, David M. Lubin, Malcolm McCullough, Jeffrey L. Meikle, David E. Nye, Miles Orvell, Andrew Ross, Mabel O. Wilson, Albena Yaneva.

Building the Skyline

Author: Jason M. Barr
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199344369
Release Date: 2016-06-09
Genre: Land use, Urban

The Manhattan skyline is one of the great wonders of the modern world. But how and why did it form? Much has been written about the city's architecture and its general history, but little work has explored the economic forces that created the skyline. This book chronicles the economic historyof the Manhattan skyline. In the process, the book debunks some widely-held misconceptions about the city's history. Part I lays out the historical and environmental background that established Manhattan's real estate trajectory before the Skyscraper Revolution at the end of the 19th century. Thebook begins with Manhattan's natural and geological history and then moves on to how it influenced early land use and neighborhood formation, and how these early decisions eventually impacted the location of skyscrapers. Part II focuses specifically on the economic history of skyscrapers and theskyline, investigating the reasons for their heights, frequencies, locations, and shapes. The book discusses why skyscrapers emerged downtown and why they appeared three miles to the north in midtown, but not in between. Contrary to popular belief it was not due to the depths of Manhattan's bedrock,nor the presence of Grand Central Station. Rather midtown's emergence was a response to the economic and demographic forces that were taking place north of 14th Street after the Civil War. The book also presents the first rigorous investigation of the causes of the building boom during the Roaring Twenties. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the boom was largely a rational response to the economic growth of the nation and city. The last chapter investigates the value of Manhattan Islandand the relationship between skyscrapers and land prices. Finally, an Epilogue offers policy recommendations for a resilient and robust future skyline.

Delirious New York

Author: Rem Koolhaas
ISBN: 3931435008
Release Date: 1999
Genre: New York- Manhattan - Städtebau - Architektur

Refrigeration Nation

Author: Jonathan Rees
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9781421411071
Release Date: 2013-10-02
Genre: History

Only when the power goes off and food spoils do we truly appreciate how much we rely on refrigerators and freezers. In Refrigeration Nation, Jonathan Rees explores the innovative methods and gadgets that Americans have invented to keep perishable food cold—from cutting river and lake ice and shipping it to consumers for use in their iceboxes to the development of electrically powered equipment that ushered in a new age of convenience and health. As much a history of successful business practices as a history of technology, this book illustrates how refrigeration has changed the everyday lives of Americans and why it remains so important today. Beginning with the natural ice industry in 1806, Rees considers a variety of factors that drove the industry, including the point and product of consumption, issues of transportation, and technological advances. Rees also shows that how we obtain and preserve perishable food is related to our changing relationship with the natural world.

Machine Made Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics

Author: Terry Golway
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780871407924
Release Date: 2014-03-03
Genre: History

“Golway’s revisionist take is a useful reminder of the unmatched ingenuity of American politics.”—Wall Street Journal History casts Tammany Hall as shorthand for the worst of urban politics: graft and patronage personified by notoriously crooked characters. In his groundbreaking work Machine Made, journalist and historian Terry Golway dismantles these stereotypes, focusing on the many benefits of machine politics for marginalized immigrants. As thousands sought refuge from Ireland’s potato famine, the very question of who would be included under the protection of American democracy was at stake. Tammany’s transactional politics were at the heart of crucial social reforms—such as child labor laws, workers’ compensation, and minimum wages— and Golway demonstrates that American political history cannot be understood without Tammany’s profound contribution. Culminating in FDR’s New Deal, Machine Made reveals how Tammany Hall “changed the role of government—for the better to millions of disenfranchised recent American arrivals” (New York Observer).

Die nachhaltige Pflege von Holzb den

Author: Will Wiles
Publisher: carl´s books
ISBN: 9783641090302
Release Date: 2013-03-18
Genre: Fiction

Britischer Humor par excellence: sehr skurril, höchst originell Oskar ist Komponist moderner Stücke, wie etwa seinen Variationen über Trambahnfahrpläne, und mit einer amerikanischen Kunsthändlerin verheiratet. Er lebt in einer osteuropäischen Hauptstadt mit seinen beiden Katzen, die er nach russischen Komponisten benannt hat. Aber eigentlich geht es in diesem Buch nicht um Oskar, denn der ist gerade in Kalifornien, um sich scheiden zu lassen. Deshalb beauftragt er einen alten Freund aus Studienzeiten, in seiner Abwesenheit auf die exquisit eingerichtete Wohnung aufzupassen, auf dass seine Katzen und besonders der kostbare Holzboden keinen Schaden nehmen. Aber natürlich geht schief, was schiefgehen kann, eine Katastrophe reiht sich an die nächste, und trotzdem geht die Geschichte dann am Ende gut aus.

Die Zeit der Gaben Zu Fu nach Konstantinopel

Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor
ISBN: 3908777712
Release Date: 2011

2005 Zwischen Wäldern und Wasser. Zu Fuss nach Konstantinopel: Von der mittleren Donau zum Eisernen Tor. Der Reise zweiter Teil. 2006 Drei Briefe aus den Anden. Februar 2007 Die Zeit der Gaben / Zwischen Wäldern und Wasser. Beide Titel in einem Band. 2009 Der Baum des Reisenden. Eine Reise durch die Karibik 2009 Mani. Reisen auf der südlichen Peloponnes April 2010 Rumeli. Reisen im Norden Griechenlands Februar 2012.