Book Review: Gotham Unbound

Gotham Unbound: The Ecological History of Greater New York by Ted Steinberg sounds, at first, like a bad joke: it’s a natural history of the New York City area, which is one of the most heavily modified landscapes in the world. We’re surrounded by all sorts of nature here, including aspects that are impervious to …

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What If The Lifecycle Doesn’t End?

That’s the recently-rebranded and renovated Frederick Hotel in Tribeca. Its previous incarnation was known as the Cosmopolitan Hotel, and that name was painted on the West Broadway facade, so I expect I’ll be think of it under that name for quite some time to come. It fits in well with the general Tribeca aesthetic – …

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Not What It Sounds Like

Since the Dutch colonists here, in a misguided attempt to make New Amsterdam more like Amsterdam, dug some small canals in lower Manhattan, a lot of people assume that’s where the name “Canal Street” comes from. There’s a pretty simple way to disprove that: during the Dutch period of our history, the town never extended …

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