The history here is pretty stark, the development of New York Harbor as nothing more than a property grab. Steinberg vividly brings a vanished New York back to life. The spine may show signs of wear. Dutch place names survived, and so too did the canals in southern Manhattan. It can also change how we think about the future. It's a fitting title, as the author literally unbinds the city from the strictures of today to show us its past. Manhattan Island in white hands then became a capitalist tool for generating wealth.
Private ownership of land was a custom with which settlers coming from the urbanized world of the Netherlands would have been intimately familiar. In the 19th century, this land was a desolate, tide-swept marsh. Two years later, the money left over was used to finance a lock to keep the canal full and at the ready in the event of fire. There are many interesting facts contained in this book that make it worthwhile if the subject matter is of interest to the reader. A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. The dominant species by this time was, of course, neither the oyster nor the mountain lion but Homo sapiens sapiens. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact.
While the idea was being mulled over, the surface of the sea cooled off. When the growth fetish began is a little hard to say, but it was almost certainly manifest by the middle of the nineteenth century. Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1961, Steinberg has held fellowships from the Michigan Society of Fellows, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and Yale University. That world gave way to an onslaught managed by those in power, from Governor John Montgomerie, who turned water into land, and John Randel, who imposed a grid on Manhattan, to Robert Moses, Charles Urstadt, Donald Trump, and Michael Bloomberg. He calls it the ecological history of greater New York.
But the writing is dry boom! He reminds us that unnatural cities stubbornly remain part of the natural world - and that world has a history. Not until 1960 did a storm comparable to the 1821 hurricane in terms of its effect on the tide strike the city. Before he could proceed too far with the consolidation plan, he was replaced by Peter Minuit. That said, I am not unsympathetic to the importance of economic advancement. With metropolitan areas across the globe on a collision course with rising seas, Gotham Unbound helps explain how one of the most important cities in the world has ended up in such a perilous situation.
Hurricane Donna, which made landfall on Long Island and caused the wind to gust to 93 mph at LaGuardia Airport, raised water levels at the Battery to 13. Built in the early seventeenth century, the Amsterdam canals formed part of a complex development project that sought to marry sea power to the urban landscape. I have always wondered what the New York City landscape looked like before the concrete came. In 1609, less than 1 percent of the Manhattan landscape showed evidence of human influence. But exactly where the grave was dug, nobody can say. The population density of the New York metropolitan area, after all, rests on a set of ecological imperatives such as the need for water and a place to discharge all the waste produced when millions of people live side by side. Gotham Unbound will enlighten anyone who cares about the past and future of New York.
At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. About this Item: Oxford University Press. The dust jacket is missing. To examine New York is to confront what has always been—in one form or another—a high-density place. Book is in good condition. A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. ¹ Riding at anchor off Sandy Hook, Juet spied what he took to be three great Rivers.
And usually for the glory of airports, garbage dumps, and parks. This book is a powerful account of the relentless development that New Yorkers wrought as they plunged headfirst into the floodplain and transformed untold amounts of salt marsh and shellfish beds into a land jam-packed with people, asphalt, and steel, and the reeds and gulls that thrive among them. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. In an effort to lay claim to as much territory as possible, the vessel dispatched settlers along the South River Delaware River , the Fresh River Connecticut River , and the North River Hudson.
It's a grand account, epic in scope and full of amazing revelations. Gotham Unbound will enlighten anyone who cares about the past and future of New York. Purchases made through help support this site. The key to appreciating this point is to first understand that New York exists in the estuary of the Hudson River, where freshwater meets the Atlantic Ocean. Moreover, New York, like other sister cities located in tidal environments, must face up to the realities of climate change. Steinberg's story shows how literally the city is the product of ambition and invention, its very shorelines the result of commercial desires. What he discovered was that Henry Hudson probably began his visit to the region in Brooklyn, not too far from present-day Flatbush Avenue.
With metropolitan areas across the globe on a collision course with rising seas, Gotham Unbound helps explain how one of the most important cities in the world has ended up in such a perilous situation. Moral Lesson It is too early to tell how Sandy will shape the future of New York. But the writing is dry boom! Customer Reviews Biography Ted Steinberg is the Adeline Barry Davee Distinguished Professor of History and Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University. Gotham Unbound will enlighten anyone who cares about the past and future of New York. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. That world gave way to an onslaught managed by thousands, from Governor John Montgomerie, who turned water into land, and John Randel, who imposed a grid on Manhattan, to Robert Moses, Charles Urstadt, Donald Trump, and Michael Bloomberg.
It's a grand account, epic in scope and full of amazing revelations. Urbanization is remaking landscapes across the globe and playing out with particular force in estuaries, where the bulk of the largest cities in the world are located. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. He has over 100 pages of notes, references and additional reading for students of the topic. Behind it, on higher, drier terrain, the men found shorter stands of salt meadow hay with its purple flowers and its stems bent into cowlicks by the wind. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Emboldened perhaps by its new legal status, the city began widening the Heere Gracht and lining it with wooden sheathing to keep the sides from caving in, a project designed to internalize the waterfront within the city and make it even more accessible to navigation by small boats.