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

For some time, I’ve idly wondered if Manhattan, in its pre built-up days, ever had streams and ponds, or if it simply wasn’t large enough for that. Well, thanks to this book, now I know: 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.

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. But what really did it for me were the illustrations: The pictures alone were worth the price of the book, and in fact my only “complaint” is that I wish there could have been more of them.

Keep in mind, natura are already lots and lots of them. Cty, given the incredible amount of detail in the text, I do realize that there simply wasn’t enough room for more.

Just so you know, this is a heavy book; it’s printed on thick, almost hard-stock paper. I think this definitely helps show the clarity of the illustrations you can’t see through dity pages to what’s on the other sidebut this is not a hitsory book to take with you when you’re traveling. Much better to read it at home. The final chapter, which gives the author’s take on what New York City might look like years from now, seemed quite unrealistic to me. 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.

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There hitsory no cars in Future New York, and the subways have been converted to solely carry freight. mannahayta

People get around on foot, on bicycle, or on streetcars i. As for long-distance travel, I couldn’t quite tell from the simulated satellite view, but it kind of looked like the city’s airports have been converted into farmland as well.

I guess we’ll all be riding trains across the country, or ships across the ocean. Certainly, this “back-to-nature” view of the future runs counter to the recent historical trend of suburban sprawl cjty ever outward. It’s simply impossible for me to imagine the people of the future being willing to pack themselves in like sardines in high-rise apartment buildings whose windows overlook acres and acres of “empty” farmland right next door.

For such a change mannaahatta 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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Nevertheless, I realize that I’m being nitpicky. We can all speculate about what the future holds, but that’s not the point.

This is not a book about New York’s future, but about its past. And in that, it succeeds gloriously. If you’ve ever wondered what today’s “concrete jungle” looked like when it was a real jungle, this is the book for kf. My used copy was stamped by the My used copy was stamped by the Wellesley Free Public Library. I called the library to make sure the book had not been stolen and was told it was not. Don’t know why they chose to get rid of it. The pictures of Manhattan as it might have appeared in are wonderful to look at.

The research about the natural history and human history of the island is fun to read and fuels the imagination of anyone who loves New York. One person found mannajatta helpful. Having been aware of this Mannahatta project for quite some time, and having visited the various websites a few times, the appearance of the book as an Amazon suggestion for me to buy became the trigger for me to grab it.

I actually bought it as a gift for a neighbour with a son living in New York and who visits there frequently. I had fity shared information about Mannahatta with hlstory of them. As an intermittent visitor to New York, first inI’ve had an ongoing interest and have purchased quite a number of books on the subject from Amazon. This particular book is superb for anyone interested in Manhattan or in the process of providing an historical setting for any such significant location.

I thoroughly recommend hixtory, even for general interest. I grew up on Staten Island and often wondered as I crossed on the ferry what it was that Henry Hudson saw. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This is an unusual and magical book, which I recommend highly for many of the reasons others cite. Gistory many of the interesting details are literally unreadable in the Kindle version. The book is dense nw fascinating maps and diagrams, but the text on these can not bistory read in the Kindle version, no matter how much one expands the images the type just becomes blurry.


I liked the book so much that I bought the physical book when I encountered the shortcomings in the Kindle version. Who would not be curious to see what the place where they grew up looked like years ago? This book does that for every New Yorker, but you don’t have to be a New Yorker to appreciate the extraordinary task that Eric Sanderson and his team undertook to create this book.

Using old maps and up-to-date computer technology, Sanderson tells a story unlike any other, an amazing feat given that the subject is one of the most written about and photographed places on earth. Matching photographs of sections of Manhattan as we know it today with computer-generated pictures of the same areas as the Lenape Indians would have seen them, Sanderson gives us an almost incredible view of what was once a fertile and thriving ecosystem as well as a deeper appreciation histoy the long history of this island we think is so familiar to us.

The story of mannahatfa 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.

Mannahatta is a very well written and illustrated book, with many fantastic maps. The book presents to non-scientists the scientific process of determining what the mannhatta vegetation and animals were in an area, that area being Manhattan, a place one tends to forget that there was original vegetation. Eric Sanderson does an excellent job explaining landscape ecology and methods used oof determine the original vegetation. As an ecologist who does this type of work, it falls a bit short in naturxl science, but I am not the intended audience.

One component that is missing is a more easily used geographic guide to the original landscape. When I was in Manhattan last week, I would have liked to have a more easily accessed description of what existed where Rockefeller Center is today.

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