THE NEW YORK WATERFRONT:
Evolution and Building Culture of the Port and Harbor
Edited by Kevin Bone
One of the most remarkable sea- or bulkhead walls is that constructed by the Department of Docks in New York City, which in some places is built in mud 170 feet deep. It is of the relieving-platform type, supported on piles, which do not extend through the mud to hard bottom, with a vertical facing of concrete blocks extending seventeen feet below low water. This wall [was] originally designed in 1876.Carleton Greene
This densely illustrated book uses photographs and drawings culled primarily from the archives of the Department of Docks and the New York City Municipal Archives to tell the story of the rise and fall of the waterfront’s architectural, technological, industrial and commercial existence over the past 150 years. Created by a team of architects and historians, the essays by Mary Beth Betts, Eugenia Bone, Gina Pollara, Donald Squires, Michael Z. Wise, and Wilbur Woods offer unique perspectives on environmental issues and various masterplans, discussing built and unbuilt structures and the visionary proposals that made the building culture of the waterfront one of the greatest public works of New York City. Newly commissioned photographs by Stanley Greenberg capture many modern sites in the melancholy beauty of their present derelict state.
Published subsequent to the 1994 exhibition and symposium devoted to examining the past and future of the waterfront, which was curated by Kevin Bone and Mary Beth Betts, members of the faculty of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture.
Designed by Kim Shkapich.
NY: CO-PUBLISHED WITH THE MONACELLI PRESS, 1997.
280 PAGES, 7 1/4 X 9 1/4
207 ILLUSTRATIONS, 32 IN COLOR.