Green Metropolis: The Extraordinary Landscapes of New York by Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, Tony Hiss PDF

By Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, Tony Hiss

Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, the lady who introduced the recovery of critical Park within the Nineteen Eighties, now introduces us to seven striking eco-friendly areas in and round long island urban, giving us the history—both normal and human—of how they've been remodeled over time.

Here we discover: The greenbelt and nature safe haven that runs alongside the backbone of Staten Island on land as soon as meant for a street, the place mushrooms might be accrued and, on the correct second, seventeen-year locusts considered. Jamaica Bay, close to John F. Kennedy foreign Airport, whose mosaic of fragile, endangered marshes has been preserved as a chicken sanctuary at the Atlantic Flyway, choked with egrets, terns, and horseshoe crabs. Inwood Hill, in higher ny, whose wooded area as soon as sheltered local american citizens and progressive infantrymen prior to it turned a website for filthy rich estates and therefore a public park. The primary Park Ramble, an artfully designed barren region in the midst of the town, with local and imported flowers, extraordinary rock outcrops, and diverse species of resident and migrating birds. Roosevelt Island, previously Welfare Island, within the East River, the place city planners equipped a “new city on the town” within the Seventies and whose southern tip is the dramatic atmosphere for the Louis Kahn–designed memorial to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Freshkills, the bizarre twenty-two-hundred-acre park on Staten Island that's being created out of what was the world’s biggest landfill. The excessive Line, in Manhattan’s Chelsea and West Village neighborhoods, an aerial prom equipped on an deserted increased rail spur with its local grasses and panoramic perspectives of the Hudson River and the downtown cityscape.

Full of the normal heritage of the parks in addition to attention-grabbing ancient proof and interviews with caretakers, publications, neighborhood citizens, guardians, and viewers, this fantastically illustrated booklet is a treasure trove of data concerning the diversified and pleasing eco-friendly areas that grace ny urban.

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Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, the lady who introduced the recovery of important Park within the Nineteen Eighties, now introduces us to seven amazing eco-friendly areas in and round manhattan urban, giving us the history—both common and human—of how they've been remodeled over the years. right here we discover: The greenbelt and nature safe haven that runs alongside the backbone of Staten Island on land as soon as meant for a street, the place mushrooms should be accumulated and, on the correct second, seventeen-year locusts considered.

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Thoreau on Staten Island This was the Staten Island that charmed Henry David Thoreau as a young man, when he became the tutor of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s nephew Haven, son of William Emerson, a Staten Island judge. …Everything here is on a grand and generous scale—sea-weed, water, and sand, and even the dead fishes, horses and hogs have a rank luxuriant odor. Great shad nets spread to dry, crabs and horse-shoes crawling over the sand—clumsy boats, only for service, dancing like sea-fowl on the surf, and ships afar off going about their business…I must live along the beach, on the southern shore, which looks directly out to sea, and see what that great parade of water means, that dashes and roars, and has not yet wet me, as long as I have lived.

More till, dropped by the glacier over the mouth of the Hudson River, constricted New York Bay into the Narrows and left an elevated bracket since furnished with defensive outposts (Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn and Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island). Not only was this an ideal geographical configuration from a military perspective, but the harbor had ample protected shoreline for docks. Thus, geology is the foundation of New York’s historical evolution into one of the great port cities of the world.

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