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  City Hall Library Notes, November 2007


By Christine Bruzzese

With the opening of the New York and Harlem Railroad in 1832, New York City entered a more modern age of transportation. The Long Island Railroad was chartered in 1834. Railroads are still a part of the transit picture in New York City especially for commuters. Here are some resources in the City Hall Library collection on this topic.

Queens-Long Island Rail Transit: a Transit Strategy for a Growing Metropolitan Corridor was prepared by Joseph McC. Leiper for the Department of City Planning in 1965. This report outlines problems with the commuter transit system as it existed then. Changing commuter needs and demands for better service are discussed along with possible strategies for improvement.

The Port of New York: a History of the Rail and Terminal System from the Grand Central Electrification to the Present by Carl W. Condit is a two-volume history of rail transportation in New York City. Developments in the nineteenth century and the building of terminals such as Grand Central are chronicled. The history of electrification of railroads and building of Pennsylvania Station are also presented. This book was published in 1980 and contains many useful photos and maps.

Grand Central by David Marshall was published in 1946. This book describes a typical day at Grand Central Station during the 1940's. Interspersed with anecdotes about the terminal and the people in it, are history of the station and discussion of how the railroads and rolling stock functioned. Photos are included.

New York's Pennsylvania Stations by Hilary Ballon presents the history of this landmark railroad terminal in words and pictures. Included are history of the first structure, destruction and rebuilding of the station in the 1960's and planned renovation in the new millennium. Architectural details are discussed along with changing commuter and business needs. Many photos and drawings enhance the text.

Explore the vertical files for clippings and other materials on railroads and related topics.


The following publications were received by the City Hall Library in the past month. Additional government publications can be found online in our Government Publications section.

Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation.
Financial statements for the years ended June 30, 2007 and 2006 with report of independent auditors. September 7, 2007.

Citizens Budget Commission.
Options for budgetary savings in New York State. A background paper prepared by the Commission for a Forum on Making More Effective Use of State Resources. Oct. 17, 2007.

Citizens Union of the City of New York.
Tax dollars at "work": City Council spending on advertisements. A Citizens Union briefing paper. October 2007.

Fiscal Policy Institute.
The state of working New York 2007: encouraging recent gains but troubling long-term trends. September 2007.

Food Bank for New York City.
NYC hunger safety net 2007: a food poverty focus. 2007.

Industrial and Technology Assistance Corporation.
Buried Treasure: New York City's hidden technology sector. New York: 2007.

National Research Center for Career and Technical Education.
The postsecondary achievement of participants in dual enrollment: an analysis of student outcomes in two states.

New York City. City Planning, Department of.
Consolidated plan: 2007 (amended version). Effective as of August 1, 2007.

New York City. City Planning, Department of.
Proposed consolidated plan: 2007 (Public comment version). Effective as of October 9, 2007.

New York City. Comptroller.
Audit report on Department of Parks and Recreation oversight of capital improvements by Ferry Point Partners, LLC. October 25, 2007. (Report no. 7816).

New York City. Comptroller.
Follow-up audit report on other than personal service expenditures of schools within the Department of Education Regional Operations Center for Regions 4 and 5. October 16, 2007. (Report no. 7814).

New York City. Comptroller.
Follow-up audit report on the other than personal expenditures of schools within the Department of Education Regional Operations Center for Region 8 and alternative high schools and programs. October 15, 2007. (Report no. 7815).

New York City. Environmental Protection, Department of.
New York Harbor water quality report, 2006. 2007.

New York City. Independent Budget Office.
Contributing factors: disparities in 2005 classroom spending. IBO background paper. Oct. 2007.

New York City. Independent Budget Office.
Higher cigarette tax has led to more tax revenue, more tax evasion. IBO inside the budget. October 19, 2007.

New York City. Independent Budget Office.
New funding formula seeks to alter school budget disparities. IBO fiscal brief. October 2007.

New York City. Landmarks Preservation Commission.
Havemeyers & Elder Filter, Pan & Finishing House (later known as the American Sugar Refining Company and the Domino Sugar Refinery). (Designation List 396). Sept. 25, 2007.

New York City. Mayor's Office of Operations.
Mayor's management report. September 2007.

New York City. Procurement Policy Board.
Rules. April 2007.

New York City. Tax Appeals Tribunal.
Annual report July 1, 2005-June 30, 2006. 2007.

New York City. Youth and Community Development, Department of.
Changing the emphasis: addressing the needs of middle school youth. Beacon Community Centers concept paper. September 25, 2006.

New York City. Youth and Community Development, Department of.
Comprehensive literacy services: concept paper. November 7, 2005.

New York City. Youth and Community Development, Department of.
Immigrant services: concept paper. October 6, 2006.

New York City. Youth and Community Development, Department of.
Learning through giving: youth development and civic engagement service learning initiative: concept paper. March 19, 2007.

New York City. Youth and Community Development, Department of.
Residential and non-residential runaway and homeless youth services: concept paper. August 26, 2005.

New York City. Youth and Community Development, Department of.
Young Adult Internship Program (YAIP): concept paper. March 26, 2007.

New York City. Youth and Community Development, Department of.
Youth workforce development programs: concept paper. July 15, 2005.

New York City Criminal Justice Agency, Inc.
The risk of re-arrest for serious juvenile offenders. Research brief no. 15. September 2007.

New York State. Health, Department of.
New York State minority health surveillance report. September 2007.

New York State. Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Comments on the New York City traffic congestion mitigation plan. October 2007.

Red book 2007-2008 (99th edition). Albany, NY: New York Legal Publishing Corp., 2007.

United States. Comptroller General.
Government Auditing Standards. Washington, U.S. Government Accountability Office, July 2007 revision.

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