Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City is the astounding result of those efforts, reconstructing in words and images the wild island that. Among the many things to love about New York City are those “Mannahatta” is more art book than typical natural history tome, and it’s all. Mannahatta: a natural history of New York City. [Eric W Sanderson; Markley Boyer] — On September 12, , Henry Hudson first set foot on the land that would.

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Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City

I would have enjoyed a little more about how “modern” New Yorkers restructured the island, but perhaps that is another book. Books by Eric W. The original island of streams and hills was where native Americans would come to hunt and fish in the summer. The are contrasted verso with pictures of today. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

Mannahatta is a groundbreaking work that provides not only a window into the past, but also inspiration for the future. He envisions a city whose population resides in densely packed strips along the rivers, while the great majority of the outer boroughs are given over to farmland.

I think this definitely helps show the clarity of the illustrations you can’t see through the pages to what’s on the other sidebut this is not a good book to take with you when you’re traveling.

Lists with This Book. By geographically matching an 18th-century map of Manhattan’s landscape to the modern cityscape, combing through historical and archaeological records, and applying modern principles of ecology and computer modeling, Sanderson is able to re-create the forests of Times Square, the meadows of Harlem, and the wetlands of downtown.

If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account? Open Preview See a Problem? Jun 13, T. The story of how he created this work is as fascinating as the photographs themselves, and the quality of the writing matches the historical and scientific importance of the task. This led to the creation of a very fine map of Manhattan, the British Headquarters Map,so they could see the future they wanted.


Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. A really beautiful book. Beautiful, thick pages and stunning full color photos. I would love to see the author do similar views of other cities, say 12th Century London or Paris. I love the side-by-side comparisons of Mannahatta with modern day Manhattan.

Jul 09, Eliza rated it liked it Shelves: Nice coffee table book for New Yorkers, but mannagatta was somehow unsatisfying. If only for the natural cooling c Sanderson and Boyer wrote a beautiful book on the natural history of Manhattan, the ecological history, the interaction of pre-European “man” and the natural habitat Mannahatta, once was.

I guess we’ll all be riding trains across the country, or ships across the ocean.

You can imagine the valley of Harlem, the fields and streams as they originally appeared. Second, I am so impressed by this project: Read reviews that mention ckty york natural history looked like eric sanderson coffee table york city henry hudson mannahatta project lenape indians well written history of manhattan history of new mannahatta natural table book excellent book fascinating nyc citg landscape future.

If Sanderson could write with the “clarity and lyricism” of journalist Weisman, this would’ve been a magnificent work! A little too much on flora and fauna for me but that’s the author’s mandate for such a project. And in that, it succeeds gloriously.

Using the latest techniques of digital cartography and the science of ecology, Sanderson lays out in graphic detail what the island was like years ago. The Island at the Center of the World: Still, sad to look at the exquisite renderings and ponder deeply what was, what is and mew losses of the Native Americans.

Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City by Eric W. Sanderson

Pages with related products. Jul 10, Judi rated it really liked it. Rather than a “Life after People” that imagines a world without people as a state we might want to return to, Sanderson thinks about how we might make Manhattan better for the plants, the animals, the physical environment, and perhaps most hopefully, for the people he hopes will continue to live here in the future. You do not currently have access to this article. Sanderson is a senior conservation ecologist in the Global Conservation Programs of the Wildlife Conservation Society.


May 11, Kruip rated it it was amazing Shelves: The map has made Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. There are no cars in Future New York, and the subways have been converted to solely carry freight.

This and so much more I learned from this extensively researched and profusely illustrated look back on what that relatively small island near the Hudson River’s mouth looked like before the European settlers got their hands on it. Don’t have an account?

The detailed descriptions of the island’s natural features — its streams, ponds, hills, woodlands, and so on — as well as its flora and fauna are fascinating. I recommend taking a look at the website: Jul 06, Aharon rated it really liked it. Customers who bought this item also bought. For such a change to occur would require either a sea change in society’s views towards its own living arrangements whose scope would be unprecedented in human history — or else, governmental zoning regulations so draconian that Joseph Stalin would turn away from them in horror.

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The book was fun to look through, but too dry to read word-for-word. Just took a look at this book today in the library. Ships from and sold by Amazon.