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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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Illustrations by Markley Boyer Sanderson and Boyer turn detective to create a probabilistic time machine and show a plausible picture of what Manhattan could have looked like in when it was first seen by European eyes.

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.

After reading Two Years Before the Mast, I’d squint at the california coastline to block out buildings and highways, trying to imagine what life was like when San Diego was a dusty trader town and Los Angeles didn’t have a crown of smog. Sign In or Create an Account. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. We can all speculate about what the future holds, but that’s not the point.

Either the necessary turn, and a possible turn, of the city-machine, into the city-greenery. I had previously shared information about Mannahatta with both of them. Read other reviews for a more complete description of all Sanderson teaches us in this book. May 19, J. I would love to see the author do similar views of other cities, say 12th Century London or Paris.


If you’ve ever wondered what today’s “concrete jungle” looked like when it was a real jungle, this is the book for you. Learn ciity about Amazon Prime. This would be a perfect digital book: Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Sanderson is a senior conservation ecologist in the Global Conservation Programs of the Wildlife Conservation Society.

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Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Sanderson suggests abandoning subways in favor of streetcars as a form of mass transit without explaining why he thinks subways need to go. But many of the interesting details are literally unreadable in the Kindle version.

I was intrigued with the project to re-create Manhattan of and enjoyed reading about finding maps, tracing bird sightings, reading old accounts of hunting, etc. This is not a book about New York’s future, but about its past. A fascinating and incredibly-researched history of the island of Manhattan, and how it looked and worked years ago. mahnahatta

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. The original island of streams and natuarl was where native Americans would come to hunt and fish in the summer.

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His explanation of finding the British Headquarters Map from the Revolutionary War and figuring out how to reference it to modern GPS data points to manmahatta a precise, high-resolution framework for the ecological extrapolations is better than the stuff of movies.

Certainly, this “back-to-nature” view of the future runs counter to the recent historical historu of suburban sprawl expanding ever outward. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. This particular book is superb for anyone interested in Manhattan or in the process of providing an historical setting for any such significant location.


A Natural History of New York City is the astounding result of those efforts, reconstructing, in words and images, the wild island that millions of New Yorkers now call home.

Dec 16, Kate H rated it it was amazing. But, the pictures and historyy are more A beautiful book to just look at – maps, pictures, computer generated views of New York inthe year Henry Hudson sailed up the river.

‘Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City’

But Sanderson’s text is dry and pedantic, and seems to be addressed to 8 year-olds who need the explanation that landscape is not just a bunch of shrubs to a “landscape ecologist” with a PhD such as he. Flora and Fauna Notes Yrk and Elaborations. Don’t have an account? This beautifully produced book should not intimidate you The way Sanderson was able to recreate that landscape is incredible. Absolutely stunning and lavishly produced work on the geographic history of Manhattan Island, from before Dutch contact through the evolution of the urban metropolis, and the effects on the surrounding ecology–oyster beds, the Hudson River, marshland, old cemeteries, storm drains, the importation of European trees, the spiritual life of the Lenape, passenger pigeons and sandbars.