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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Well, thanks to this book, now I know: Anyone who is familiar with Manhattan will love to see the differences in the city, although perhaps only those who have been all the way uptown to Inwood and Washington Heights can truly appreciate the information presented here.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it histoey, trade it in, give it a second life. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. They should do a re-print!! A little too much on flora and fauna for me but that’s the author’s mandate for such a project.

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Aug 24, Diane rated it liked it Recommends it for: Don’t know why they chose to get rid of it. In his new book Mannahatta: Don’t have a Kindle? It’s science-oriented, but not too over the head of a lay person with a humanities degree like me. I reallyreally wanted to be able to give this 5 stars. By geographically matching an 18th-century map with one of the modern city, examining volumes of historic documents, and collecting and analyzing scientific data, Sanderson re-creates the forests of Times Square, the meadows of Harlem, and the wetlands of downtown.


This is an unusual and magical book, which I recommend highly for many of the reasons others cite. Sep 10, Armand rated it liked it.

‘Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City’

Set up a giveaway. Mar 29, Garrett Cash rated it liked it Shelves: I would have enjoyed a little more about how “modern” New Yorkers restructured the island, but perhaps that is another book.

Just so you know, this is a heavy book; it’s printed on thick, almost hard-stock paper. It is also on heavy paper with wonderful maps.

Fourth, the book is helpful and hopeful.

Certainly, this “back-to-nature” view of the future runs counter to the recent historical trend of suburban sprawl expanding ever outward. One component that yotk missing is a more easily used geographic guide to the original landscape. 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.

If only for the natural cooling capacity.

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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. I give 5 stars for the 10 years of painstaking research, the amazing digitalized images of NYC as it would have looked the day Henry Hudson arrived yprk ago, the old maps, botanical prints, inspiration and message.

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But, the pictures and charts are more than half the book and make it worth mannahatta. Even if you are not from New York City and have only a passing interest in it as a place to live, work, or play, the rich natural and human history of the place make this a fascinating book natjral daydream over.

A fascinating and incredibly-researched history of the island of Manhattan, and how it looked and worked years ago. May 27, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is very dull, acerbic, scholarly and clinical.

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. Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. Though, given the incredible amount of detail in the text, I do realize that there simply wasn’t yorrk room for more.