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A Book Recommendation

One of the things I like about this hobby is the selection of books that I can use as references, as a suggestion guide for scenic drives or places to stop by to check out, or even the history behind a road or a bridge. So, it was no surprise to me as I browsed the selection at the soon to be closed Borders Books and Music location in downtown Saratoga Springs, New York, that I would purchase a book about bridge and tunnel crossings over the Hudson River.

The book I purchased that late March evening was entitled Crossing the Hudson, which was written in 2010 by Donald E. Wolf. In Crossing the Hudson, the author explains the accomplishments in engineering, the social history and specific events leading up to the construction and opening of nineteen river crossings between Waterford / Lansingburgh (now part of Troy) and the Holland Tunnel, which connects lower Manhattan with Jersey City. In Wolf's writing, I was treated to a literary work that is chock full of interesting information that I was previously unaware of, regarding such bridges like the Tappan Zee Bridge and the Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge, which is now known as the Walkway Over the Hudson.

I would certainly recommend this book for anyone interested in the transportation history of New York City, the Hudson Valley and New York State's Capital Region.

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