Friday, April 15, 2011

Long Island City to Hell Gate - industrial infrastructure of New York

Sandy Malter, an architect, once told me he sees New York City as a single machine.
Cities are energy-efficient (compare the subway to the NJ Turnpike) but it is easy to forget how much steel, how much power it takes to run New York.  The few minutes on the Amtrak train bound for Boston from Long Island City to Hell Gate is a dramatic reminder. (click any photo to enlarge)
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Astoria, BQE, Con Ed power plant, 59 St. bridge, east midtown

Hell Gate RR bridge from the train