The fabulous Museum of the City of New York has a new exhibition, in conjunction with the Wildlife Conservation Society, which features the work of landscape ecologist Eric Sanderson. He’s spent ten years recreating the landscape and ecology of Manhattan in 1609, the year when Henry Hudson, an English explorer, arrived. His research reveals the island of Mannahatta had 20 ponds, 60 miles of streams, and a varied collection of birds, mammals and plants. In the book that accompanies the exhibition, Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City, Sanderson writes: “If Mannahatta existed today as it did then, it would be a national park—it would be the crowning glory of American national parks.”
Read more about the project on Coolhunting.