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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Either the necessary turn, and a possible turn, of the city-machine, into the city-greenery.

Dec 05, s rated it liked it Shelves: Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. This is a landscape ecologist’s attempt to reconstruct what Manhattan island was like before Europeans arrived. Aug 15, Gabriella rated it really liked it.

The are contrasted verso with pictures of today. Feb 11, Topher rated it really liked it Kannahatta One person found this helpful. You can imagine the valley of Harlem, the fields and streams as they originally appeared.

Interesting book about what Ot looked like inwith gorgeous illustrations. The book presents to non-scientists the scientific process of determining what the original vegetation and animals were in an area, that area being Manhattan, a place one tends to forget that there was original vegetation.

I actually bought it as a gift for a neighbour with a son living in New York and who visits there frequently. The pictures alone were worth the price of the book, and in fact my only “complaint” is that I amnnahatta there could have been more of them.

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.

Too dull to read at any kind of level other than as a repository for data. It is also on heavy paper with wonderful maps.


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. Well no but I loved every picture During their research, Sanderson and his colleagues reconstructed the island at yoork scale of a city block using the latest techniques in computational geography, and the naturl contains stunning visualizations of pre-settlement Manhattan by Markley Boyer.

May 27, Sarah nxtural it it was amazing Shelves: Fascinating If you prefer your history interspersed with natural history; if you want to know as much or more than about what lies beneath the soil as what’s on tv, you’ll enjoy this fascinating journey.

Citing articles via Google Scholar. Anyone who is familiar with Manhattan will love to see the differences in the city, oc perhaps only those who have been all the way uptown to Inwood and Washington Heights can truly appreciate the information presented here.

Please try mannahattw later. Apr 10, AJ rated it really liked it Shelves: But, the pictures and charts 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.

Jul 10, Judi rated it really liked it. The Island at the Center of the World: Aug 05, Yuki Shimmyo rated it liked it Shelves: Sep 05, Mannahqtta rated it liked it. 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. Sanderson suggests abandoning subways in mannahatts of streetcars as a form of mass transit without explaining why he thinks subways need to go.

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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. We can all speculate about what the future holds, but that’s not the point. Lists with This Book. Sanderson describes fity techniques for recreating the environment clearly and it is fascinating.


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 ov when you’re traveling. I would love to see the author do similar views of other cities, say 12th Century London or Paris.

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As an ecologist who does this type of work, it falls a bit short in the science, but I am not the intended audience. 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.

They should do a re-print!! yyork

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The design for the book straddles the line between academic text and illustrated history, using a readerly format that makes the content engaging for a mainstream audience. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. One of these items ships sooner than the other. See all 58 reviews.

‘Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City’

There are no cars in Future New York, and the subways have been converted to solely carry freight. May 19, J. The way Sanderson was able to recreate that landscape is incredible. This book is the result of a tour-de-force in historical scholarship and ecological modeling.