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No. 8 Brooklyn's Secret Bodies of Water There’re The streets and sidewalks, and under them the gas lines, electrical wires, water mains, and fiber-optic cables—and then what? Seaside cities like ours aren’t naturally devoid of small waterways: dock your ship in 1492 near present-day New York and you’d encounter creeks, ponds, streams, springs, marshes and more that have long since been built over, drained or filled in, making the coastline the definitive boundary between water and...
The story of development in New York City is, in part, the story of erasing ancient waterways. The streets you walk today were not always as perfectly dry as they look; the city in its Mannahatta days was cut through with streams, creeks, ponds, and lakes, later filled in with varying degrees of proficiency, and some not that long ago: my grandmother could remember a small pond where today there's a supermarket parking lot. And...