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'The Works' of New York City: Past and Present

Nov 21, 2005 (Talk of the Nation)

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New York has long been one of the most fully wrought of America's cities. A new book serves as a historical primer on how the Big Apple uses its municipal might to support millions of people — and deliver a billion gallons of water daily.

Whether the question is the number of pay phones to how many buildings have their own zip code, The Works: Anatomy of a City has the answers.

Kate Ascher's book also explores past efforts to smooth communications and travel in the city, from the Pneumatic Tube Mail Network to a schematic breakdown of asphalt and curb theory.


Kate Ascher, author and executive vice president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation

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