Booklet, color photos, 40 pages
Published in November 2005
COPPER ON THE CREEK
Reclaiming an Industrial History
by Curtis Cravens with Tina Chiu, Katherine Gray, and Paul Parkhill
Closed for years, the Phelps Dodge refinery was located
on Newtown Creek in West Maspeth, Queens, until its recent dismantling.
Copper on the Creek provides an interdisciplinary glimpse into
the history of the refinery, and examines plans for redeveloping
the site. It also addresses a variety of other topics, including
the economic, political, and environmental impact of industrialization
and subsequent deindustrialization on America's urban areas. Geared
to a general audience, it also contains information useful to community
representatives concerned about the disposition of the site.
This richly illustrated 40-page booklet is the fruit of a year-long
collaboration between Place in History and Laurel Hill Works. Laurel
Hill Works was founded by Curtis Cravens, a Brooklyn-based photographer
who has performed extensive research on the site over the course
of the last five years.
Originally published in November 2000 by Place in History. Reissued
by Furnace Press in November 2005.