By Niles Eldredge, Sidney Horenstein
the various issues lined in Concrete Jungle:
--The geological historical past of the recent York area, together with remnant glacial beneficial properties seen today
--The early days of urbanization on ny Island, targeting the background of critical Park, gather Pond, and new york Square
--The historical past of early railway strains and the improvement of recent York’s iconic subway system
--The challenge of manufacturing sufficient secure consuming water for an ever-expanding population
--Prominent civic associations, together with universities, museums, and zoos
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S. Ship Canal. indd 31 09/07/14 3:03 PM 32 / Forest Primeval Figure 8. A waterfall in the northwestern portion of Central Park, part of the area designed to emulate New York’s Adirondack Mountains. Here, the original natural stream was dammed to create the waterfall, but today most of the water in the stream comes from the city’s water supply system. Photograph by Sidney Horenstein. Park strongly resembles the natural forest—if not utterly pristine, it is at least a close approximation. In 1918, seeking chestnut trees resistant to the blight that attacks their bark, Arthur Graves, who was then a professor at Yale’s School of Forestry and later a curator at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden from 1921 to 1947, found what he was looking for at Inwood.
Some stone was local enough to transport by cart, while the more distant quarries were all accessible by river vessel. Coastal New England provided a great variety of granites shipped by stone sloops. That trade expanded greatly with the coming of the railroads, allowing the shipment of stone from greater distances, such as the great limestone deposits of Indiana and a variety of stones from elsewhere in the West. Eventually, the whole world began to export building stones by seagoing vessel and, on occasion, by plane, just as foodstuffs are.
Today, many populations have grown substantially and, in places, are considered pests because of their droppings and confrontational behavior. Some Canada geese populations no longer migrate. Photograph by Sidney Horenstein. good standing of New York’s primeval forest), raccoons, and (until recently, at least) foxes are sometimes to be found—and, given the recent appearances of coyotes in both Central Park and the Bronx’s huge Van Cortlandt Park, it’s no surprise that a few coyote transients have already been spotted at Inwood.
Concrete jungle : New York City and our last best hope for a sustainable future by Niles Eldredge, Sidney Horenstein