City at the Water's Edge: A Natural History of New York

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Acknowledgments

This book is the culmination of a fifteen-year project. It could not have been completed without the help of many people.

I thank my first reader, Kirkpatrick Sale, whose book Dwellers in the Land inspired me, and whose belief in my project encouraged me to go forward. The urban bioregionalist Peter Berg was an invaluable resource of ideas and materials on the sustainable city. I also wish to acknowledge Charles Merguerian of Hofstra University, who read and corrected a first draft of the geology chapter, and Robert Grumet, who read and commented on an early draft of the chapter on the Lenapes.

I thank my colleagues at Kingsborough Community College who have expressed confidence in my endeavor and enthusiasm for the project. I especially wish to acknowledge Gene McQuillan, Tara Weiss, Robert Singer, Len Green, Lea Fridman, Norah Chase, and Bonne August. I could not have completed the book without generous research grants from the Professional Staff Congress of the City University of New York during the years 2003 to 2005.

I spent many hours researching materials at the excellent libraries of New York City, including the library of the American Museum of Natural History, the rare book room of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and the New York Public Library.

In the final stages of writing my book, the meticulous editing of Audra Wolfe, senior science editor at Rutgers University Press, has made me a better writer and I believe made a better book. I am also grateful to Steven Handel of Rutgers University, who generously sent me materials on habitat restoration projects in New York City.

I wish to express special thanks to my son, Ben Cooper, who has supported me in untold ways. He has trekked with me in the wilds of New York City, as we explored its many parks and snapped countless pictures of the plants and animals which inhabit them. A professional photographer, Ben has taken several of the photos that appear in this book.

Finally, my deepest gratitude goes to my husband, Joe Giunta, whose un-

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Introduction - Coming Home ix
  • 1: Bedrock New York 1
  • 2: The Teeming Shore 16
  • 3: At the Glacier's Edge 32
  • 4: Land of the Lenapes 45
  • 5: Staking Claim 62
  • 6: Muddied Waters 76
  • 7: Footprints 96
  • 8: Forests for Trees 111
  • 9: Urban Flyway 127
  • 10: Weathering 146
  • Notes 161
  • Index 177
  • About the Author 186
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