Friday, September 11, 2009

Manhattan, 400 Years Ago

There's a terrific illustration from the Mannahatta project in the Times today, and in color on its website, here, of what Manhattan probably looked like from the air 400 years ago. It accompanies an op-ed piece by Eric Sanderson, the head of the Mannahatta Project, about 9/11.

Sanderson points out the beach on the Hudson shore of Manhattan and notes that it's where the World Trade Center stood. For people interested in the history of Long Island Island Sound, it's also where Adriaen Block's ship, the Tyger, burned during the winter of 1613-1614. The charred timbers were uncovered during the construction of a subway stop in the area about 100 years ago (or has the identification of those timbers as part of the Tyger recently been debunked? I seem to remember hearing or reading that somewhere). Block had his crew construct a new, smaller jacht, the Onrust, which he used that spring on his last journey through the Sound.


Anonymous Michael said...

Less traffic.

9:07 PM  
Anonymous Roman said...

I like how the website makes clear that they are not trying to bring Manhattan back to that state. Environmentalist have a lot of work to do, but to try get Manhattan back to a natural wilderness would probably be the biggest project of them all.

2:45 PM  

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