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Gotham unbound : the ecological history of greater New York

Author: Theodore Steinberg
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Simon & Schuster hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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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.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Theodore Steinberg
ISBN: 9781476741246 1476741247 9781476741284 147674128X
OCLC Number: 857754181
Awards: Winner of PROSE (U.S. History) 2015
Description: xxii, 517 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Part One. Under water, 1609-1789 : Entrepôt --
George Washington stepped here --
Part Two. The great transformation, 1790-1920 : The reticulation --
Adventures in drainage --
The revenge of Thomas Dongan --
The open loop --
The exploding metropolis --
Two-dimensional Gotham --
Part Three. Night comes to the marshes, 1900-1980 : The road to Hermitville --
The landscapers of Queens --
The wilds of Staten Island --
The massifs of Fresh Kills --
The great Hackensack disappearing act --
Part Four. The green colossus, 1960-2012 : The age of limits --
The Big Apple biome --
The future of New York.
Responsibility: Ted Steinberg.

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"Steinberg accessibly traces the harbor's natural history from the booming colonial market in underwater (literally) property and the prescient Manhattan grid plan, both of which fueled development, Read more...

 
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