Natural and Artificial

This is more or less the same view as my sunset picture, but with a little luck on timing. “E” is the Statue of Liberty, “D” is the American Merchant Mariners’ Memorial, and the two “C”s are planes taking off from Newark Airport. On the other hand, “A” is Jupiter, and “B” is Venus. The …

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What Is Not Now Present

“Hidden Histories: 6 Little-Known Designs for Central Park” is a nice preview of Cynthia Brenwall’s book The Central Park: Original Designs for New York’s Greatest Treasure. All of the items she highlights are worth reading about, but the plan for a floating music pavilion to save wear on the grass captured my imagination. I would …

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Natural, Artificial, and In-Between

The Hudson River Valley is a beautiful natural landscape. That doesn’t mean that people haven’t altered it, for worse and maybe for better. “In the Hudson’s Image” by Jeanne Haffner looks at some of the ways that people have changed the river and how we see it, including channelizing by the Army Corps of Engineers, …

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Not Any Easier

The Battery Park City master plan created a pleasant park around the South Cove, an indentation in the landfill shoreline that, unlike the North Cove, is too small to be a harbor. It’s technically the north end of Wagner Park (named after Robert Wagner) and is a little over twenty years old. Much of the …

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