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GREEN METROPOLIS: THE EXTRAORDINARY LANDSCAPES OF NEW YORK CITY AS NATURE, HISTORY AND DESIGN. Elizabeth Barlow Rogers. Alfred A. Knopf, Penguin Random House LLC, New York, 2016. 236 pp. with 74 col. ills. 22 x 16 cm. LC 2015-21505 ISBN 9781101875537 In English.
Publisher's description: Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, the woman who launched the restoration of Central Park in the 1980s, now introduces us to seven remarkable green spaces in and around New York City, giving us the history -- both natural and human -- of how they have been transformed over time. Here we find: The greenbelt and nature refuge that runs along the spine of Staten Island on land once intended for a highway, where mushrooms can be gathered and, at the right moment, seventeen-year locusts viewed. Jamaica Bay, near John F. Kennedy International Airport, whose mosaic of fragile, endangered marshes has been preserved as a bird sanctuary on the Atlantic Flyway, full of egrets, terns, and horseshoe crabs. Inwood 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, an artfully designed wilderness in the middle of the city, with native and imported flora, magnificent rock outcrops, and numerous species of resident and migrating birds. Roosevelt Island, formerly Welfare Island, in the East River, where urban planners built a "new town in town" in the 1970s and whose southern tip is the dramatic setting for the Louis Kahn-designed memorial to Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Indexing: Western — United States — Several Periods, Post-2000 — Architecture, Landscape and Garden Design
Plans: 70
Worldwide Number: 170879
Hardcover $27.95t (libraries receive a 20% discount on this title)    

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