Manhattan Was a “Garden of Eden” Says Environmental Historian Ted Steinberg

October 23, 2014 at 11:18 am

When you think of New York City, the term “Garden of Eden” probably doesn’t spring immediately to mind. But a new book by noted environmental historian Ted Steinberg says that that’s exactly what the island of Manhattan was some 400 years ago and he also tells us how and why we have become what we have become.

Anchor and reporter Jack Ford talks to environmental historian Ted Steinberg about his book Gotham Unbound.

You can read an excerpt from the book below.

Excerpted from GOTHAM UNBOUND: The Ecological History of Greater New York by Ted Steinberg. Copyright © 2014 by Ted Steinberg. Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc. All Rights Reserved.