Hidden Waters of New York City: A History and Guide to 101 Forgotten Lakes, Ponds, Creeks, and Streams in the Five Boroughs

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The Countryman Press, Mar 7, 2016 - Travel - 352 pages

A guide to the forgotten waterways hidden throughout the five boroughs

Beneath the asphalt streets of Manhattan, creeks and streams once flowed freely. The remnants of these once-pristine waterways are all over the Big Apple, hidden in plain sight. Hidden Waters of New York City offers a glimpse at the big city’s forgotten past and ever-changing present, including:
  • Minetta Brook, which ran through today's Greenwich Village
  • Collect Pond in the Financial District, the city's first water source
  • Newtown Creek, separating Brooklyn and Queens
  • Bronx River, still a hotspot for urban canoeing and hiking

Filled with eye-opening historical anecdotes and walking tours of all five boroughs, this is a side of New York City you’ve never seen.

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Minetta Brook 4 Broad Street Heere Gracht 5 Maiden Lane Maagde Paatje 6 Murray Hill Reservoir 7 Sunfish Pond 8 Central Park Pond
Conservatory Water 11 Turtle Pond 12 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir 13 Montaynes Rivulet The Loch 14 Harlem Meer 15 Morningside Pond
Highbridge Reservoir 17 Sherman Creek

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About the author (2016)

Sergey Kadinsky is a staffer for the New York City Parks Department and an adjunct professor of history at Touro College. He is a contributor to the local history website Forgotten-NY.com and an experienced tour guide. He lives in Queens with his wife and daughter.

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