Building the Ashokan Resrvoir

by Frank Almquist. No one alive today is more qualified to have written this book on the Ashokan Reservoir construction. Using a large collection of real photograph postcards (postcards made on photographic paper by local photographers) the story of constructing the dam, dikes, and water handling was told. Filled with the enormity of the job, the men behind designing and building it, its enormous success, and images from his collection, you will gain a new appreciation for this amazing building project that helps hydrate New York City, and other communities lucky enough along its trip there to have water of this quality. Available online and at bookstores. Need a housewarming gift? How about a birthday gift? Look no further. 

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Liquid Assets: A History of New York City’s Water System

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Liquid Assets: A History of New York City’s Water System by Diane Galusha.
Available now in an expanded edition by Purple Mountain Press of Fleischmanns. The 300-page book, originally published in 1999 as the definitive history of the development of the Big Apple’s three-century search for water for its millions, now includes a 50-page update detailing the many water- shed protection programs, infrastructure projects, conservation measures and other initiatives that have been added since 1997 when the landmark NYC Watershed Memorandum of Agreement was signed.
The book covers the development of the City’s water system from colonial days to the present, including the displacement of thousands of people and the construction of 24 reservoirs, three primary aqueducts, and several tunnels that today funnel a billion gallons of water each day as much as 120 miles to the faucets of nine million people.
Eight pages of color images are included in this new edition, which appears as the centennial of the introduction of Catskill water to Manhattan approaches.
To order the book on-line, visit To order by phone and to find out where Liquid Assets is sold, contact the publisher,

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Sharkey, When Sea Lions Were Stars of Show Business (1907-1958)

by Gary Bohan. With his deep Kingston, NY, connections at the local Seal College, Sharkey will delight you by bringing back memories of watching him on the Ed Sullivan Show, among a host of others. His training, personality, and life on the road is an amazing tale well told by Bohan, another Kingston native whose family was involved with the Seal College and Sharkey’s theatrical life. I loved this book. (Editor).  Available online and at bookstores.

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The Poughkeepsie Regatta, 1891-1950

by Elizabeth Clarke & Ann Sandri. Using text and images, this new book chronicles the establishment of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association and its Regatta, an annual tradition held on the Hudson River between Poughkeepsie and Highland. Major university crews vied for supremacy on the Hudson. This sporting  event had a huge impact on the both sides of the river. Makes a great read and a great gift. Online and at bookstores.

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