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Crossing Under the Hudson
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Crossing Under the Hudson takes a fresh look at the planning and construction of two key links in the transportation infrastructure of New York and New Jersey--the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels. Writing in an accessible style that incorporates historical accounts with a lively and entertaining approach, Angus Kress Gillespie explores these two monumental works of civil engineering and the public who embraced them. He describes and analyzes the building of the tunnels, introduces readers to the people who worked there--then and now--and places the structures into a meaningful cultural context with the music, art, literature, and motion pictures that these tunnels, engineering marvels of their day, have inspired over the years.

Today, when new concerns about global terrorism may trump bouts of simple tunnel tension, Gillespie's Crossing Under the Hudson continues to cast a light at the end of the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. 1. It Can’t Be Done: Planning for the Holland Tunnel
  2. pp. 9-20
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  1. 2. A Breath of Fresh Air: Building the Holland Tunnel
  2. pp. 21-46
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  1. 3. Winning Acceptance: Grand Opening of the Holland Tunnel
  2. pp. 47-56
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  1. 4. Let’s Build Another One: Construction of the Lincoln Tunnel
  2. pp. 57-78
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  1. 5. Law and Order: The Role of the Port Authority Police
  2. pp. 79-98
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  1. 6. Road Hazards: Threats to Life and Property
  2. pp. 99-117
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  1. 7. If You See Something, Say Something: Dealing with the Threat of Terrorism
  2. pp. 118-136
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  1. 8. Rush Hour Frustration: Dealing with Traffic Congestion
  2. pp. 137-157
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  1. 9. Tunneling Through the Arts: A Survey of Creative Endeavors
  2. pp. 158-177
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  1. 10. The Light at the End of the Tunnel: The Future of the Tunnels
  2. pp. 178-186
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 187-204
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 205-214
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