Gotham Unbound

Gotham Unbound

The Ecological History of Greater New York

Book - 2014 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
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"When Henry Hudson dropped anchor in 1609, Mannahatta was a vast forest inhabited by the Lenape Indians ... Over the years it gave way to an onslaught managed by thousands, from Governor John Montgomerie, who turned water lots into land, and John Randel, who imposed the grid plan on Manhattan, to Robert Moses, Donald Trump, and Michael Bloomberg ... Here, in full, glorious detail is an epic 400 years in the making. It is the story of New York's struggle with the natural world, of the lives and decisions that transformed waterscape and landscape so as to accommodate 6 percent of the nation's entire population. It is the story of Gotham Unbound."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, [2014]
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476741284
Branch Call Number: 508.747 STEINBER
Characteristics: xxii, 517 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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ChristchurchLib Sep 30, 2014

From tidal estuary to global metropolis, New York City has undergone constant and dramatic change since Henry Hudson first sighted Manhattan in 1609. Spanning four centuries and countless transformations, this comprehensive natural history of the Big Apple reveals a complex tale of colonialism (Dutch investors "purchased the Island Manhattes" for a mere 60 guilders and drained most of the marshes); urban planning (the English dumped garbage into the water to create more land); ecology (actual wolves once roamed Wall Street) and - more recently, in the wake of natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy - reclamation and preservation of a unique and fragile ecosystem that will continue, with our without human intervention, to reinvent itself. Science and Nature Newsletter October 2014.


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