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By Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, Tony Hiss

Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, the girl who introduced the recovery of relevant Park within the Eighties, now introduces us to seven amazing eco-friendly areas in and round big apple urban, giving us the history—both ordinary and human—of how they've been reworked over time.

Here we discover: The greenbelt and nature shelter that runs alongside the backbone of Staten Island on land as soon as meant for a street, the place mushrooms should be collected and, on the correct second, seventeen-year locusts seen. Jamaica Bay, close to John F. Kennedy overseas Airport, whose mosaic of fragile, endangered marshes has been preserved as a chook sanctuary at the Atlantic Flyway, jam-packed with egrets, terns, and horseshoe crabs. Inwood Hill, in top big apple, whose woodland as soon as sheltered local american citizens and progressive squaddies prior to it turned a domain for filthy rich estates and for that reason a public park. The imperative Park Ramble, an artfully designed desolate tract in the midst of the town, with local and imported plant life, significant rock outcrops, and various species of resident and migrating birds. Roosevelt Island, previously Welfare Island, within the East River, the place city planners outfitted a “new city on the town” within the Seventies and whose southern tip is the dramatic surroundings for the Louis Kahn–designed memorial to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Freshkills, the bizarre twenty-two-hundred-acre park on Staten Island that's being created out of what was the world’s greatest landfill. The excessive Line, in Manhattan’s Chelsea and West Village neighborhoods, an aerial prom outfitted on an deserted increased rail spur with its local grasses and panoramic perspectives of the Hudson River and the downtown cityscape.

Full of the usual background of the parks in addition to attention-grabbing ancient proof and interviews with caretakers, publications, neighborhood citizens, guardians, and viewers, this superbly illustrated ebook is a treasure trove of knowledge in regards to the diverse and pleasing eco-friendly areas that grace ny urban.

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With climatic warming as the ice retreated, the newly naked landscape would become revegetated. First solid ice was replaced by tundra mixed with hardy evergreens. Next, stands of spruce, birch, and pine were established. Then a pine zone with an admixture of oak and hemlock took hold, after which a deciduous forest of oak, hickory, and chestnut became predominant. Today this latest succession of trees is being altered by the immigration of more southern species as warmer environmental conditions are established in northern zones.

Finished some 440 years after the Dauphine’s historic visit, the bridge is the most conspicuous of four threads that stitch the island to the surrounding urban fabric. The three others link Staten Island to New Jersey: the Goethals Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing spanning the Arthur Kill and the Bayonne Bridge traversing the Kill Van Kull. Once an undeveloped, rural borough of farms and villages—St. George, Tompkinsville, Clifton, New Dorp, and Stapleton on the north shore; Richmondtown in the center; and Tottenville at its southern tip—Staten Island is no longer isolated and remote.

City planning—Environmental aspects—New York (State)—New York—History. 9. )—Environmental conditions. I. Title. 1 a For Lisa and David CONTENTS Cover Also by Elizabeth Barlow Rogers Title Page Copyright Dedication Foreword: Legacy Preface CHAPTER 1 GREEN METROPOLIS: BIRTH OF A LANDSCAPE CHAPTER 2 GREEN WOODS AND SEVENTEEN-YEAR CICADAS: STATEN ISLAND CHAPTER 3 GREEN MARSHES AND TROUBLED WATERS: JAMAICA BAY CHAPTER 4 GREEN FOREST AND INDIAN SHELTER: INWOOD HILL PARK CHAPTER 5 GREEN HEART: CENTRAL PARK RAMBLE CHAPTER 6 GREEN COMMUNITY AND WHITE MEMORIAL: ROOSEVELT ISLAND AND FOUR FREEDOMS PARK CHAPTER 7 GREEN GARBAGE: FRESHKILLS PARK CHAPTER 8 GREEN PROMENADE AND ELEVATED RAIL SPUR: THE HIGH LINE Directions to Places Described in This Book Acknowledgments Bibliography Index A Note About the Authors FOREWORD Legacy TONY HISS Among her many exceptional talents, Betsy Barlow Rogers, who a generation ago organized Central Park’s rescue when it was at the point of collapse, is an urban trailblazer—a pusher of the envelope, a seer into the beyond—who compiles compelling, meticulously and joyfully observed Won’t you join me?

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