New York City Before There Was a City

It’s hard to imagine what the dense urban jungle that is New York City looked like 500 years ago. Back then Manhattan’s only inhabitants were the Lenape tribe (in fact that’s where the name “Manhattan” came from) and the Italian explorer Giovanni di Verrazzano was only just discovering the area for Europe. The majority of what is now New York City was still a wilderness covered in forests with plants and animals that were all native to the Americas.

Well the Brooklyn Botanical Garden is attempting to recreate a slice of what it was like back then with their new Native Flora Garden expansion. All of the plants in this garden are species that are native to the Mid-Atlantic area of the country and directly collected from the wild. This project is also instrumental in preserving several endangered plants in the area like pixie moss that are being threatened by development, invasive species, and climate change. While the New York Botanical Garden and the Bronx Zoo contain plants an animals from all over the world for us to enjoy, it’s also nice to appreciate what mother nature left in our neck of the woods. It also gives us a way to imagine what the city looked like before there was ever a city there and I find that incredibly fascinating.


This flower has lived in New York long before any humans did

Churchill has short-term corporate housing available in New York City and Nationwide. For more information please contact us at 866-255-0593 or National@FurnishedHousing.com.

0 Responses to “New York City Before There Was a City”



  1. Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s





%d bloggers like this: