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Mannahatta Project

Posted on: Monday, May 18, 2009

So curious about Wednesday's opening of the Mannahatta Project at the Museum of the City of New York.

"When Henry Hudson and a small crew of Dutch and English sailors rode the flood tide up a great estuarine river on the North American continent on September 12, 1609, they were looking for a passage to Oriental riches. Instead, they found something much more valuable. Mannahatta's natural wealth—the old growth forests, stately wetlands, rolling hills, abundant wildlife, people who lived in tune with nature—was prodigious and deep. The local people called the island "Mannahatta," which may have meant "island of many hills." It would later be known as Manhattan and would become as densely filled with people and avenues as it once teemed with trees and streams."

Mannahatta/Manhattan: A Natural History of New York City will reveal the island of Mannahatta at the time of Henry Hudson's arrival—a fresh, green new world at the moment of discovery. Through cutting edge multi-media and historical artifacts and maps, Mannahatta/Manhattan will re-imagine the quiet, wooded island at the mouth of a great river that was destined to become one of the greatest cities on Earth." (via

A section of the British Headquarters Map showing the southeastern side of the island. The diagonal line leading to Jones’s Hill is modern-day Canal Street (via the New Yorker)

A section of a Farm Map of the Times Square area. The map shows property lines, the names of landowners, and existing houses, as well as planned streets and avenues (via the New Yorker)


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