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Green Metropolis : The Extraordinary Landscapes of New York City As Nature, History, and Design

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The woman who launched the restoration of Central Park in 1980 surveys in depth seven green landscapes in New York City, their history--both natural and human--and how they have been transformed over time.Elizabeth Barlow Rogers describes seven landscapes: greenbelt and nature refuge that runs along the spine of Staten Island on land once intended for a highway; Jamaica Bay, near JFK Airport, whose mosaic of fragile, endangered marshes has been preserved as a bird sanctuaryInwood Hill, in upper Manhattan, whose forest once sheltered Native Americans and Revolutionary soldiers before it became a site for wealthy estates and subsequently a public park; the Central Park Ramble, a carefully designed artificial wilderness in the middle of the city; Roosevelt Island, formerly Welfare Island, in the East River, where urban planners built a traffic-free "new town in town" in the 1970s and whose southern tip now boasts the Louis Kahn-designed memorial to FDR; Fresh Kills, the James Corner Field Operations-designed 2,200-acre park on Staten Island that is being created out of what was once the world's largest landfill; The High Line, in Manhattan's Chelsea and West Village neighborhoods, an aerial promenade built on an abandoned elevated rail spur.
Number of Pages: 220
Genre: History, Nature, Architecture
Sub-Genre: Environmental Conservation + Protection, Landscape, USA / State + Local / Middle Atlantic
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Random House Inc
Author: Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
Language: English
Street Date: April 19, 2016
TCIN: 50641443
UPC: 9781101875537
Item Number (DPCI): 248-09-7679
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