The Other Islands of New York City: A History and Guide

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Experience a seldom-seen New York City with journalists and NYC natives Sharon Seitz and Stuart Miller as they show you the 42 islands in this city’s diverse archipelago. Within the city’s boundaries there are dozens of islands—some famous, like Ellis, some infamous, like Rikers, and others forgotten, like North Brother, where Typhoid Mary spent nearly 30 years in confinement. While the spotlight often falls on the museums, trends, and restaurants of Manhattan, the city’s other islands have vivid and intriguing ...
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Overview

Experience a seldom-seen New York City with journalists and NYC natives Sharon Seitz and Stuart Miller as they show you the 42 islands in this city’s diverse archipelago. Within the city’s boundaries there are dozens of islands—some famous, like Ellis, some infamous, like Rikers, and others forgotten, like North Brother, where Typhoid Mary spent nearly 30 years in confinement. While the spotlight often falls on the museums, trends, and restaurants of Manhattan, the city’s other islands have vivid and intriguing stories to tell. They offer the day-tripper everything from nature trails to military garrisons.

This detailed guide and comprehensive history will give you a sense of how New York City’s politics, population, and landscape have evolved over the last several centuries through the prism of its islands. Full of practical information on how to reach each island, what you’ll see there, and colorful stories, facts, and legends, The Other Islands of New York City is much more than a travel guide.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Post
“An encyclopedia of the archipelago that is New York.”
Bronx Times Reporter
“Only occasionally does something new come along that I deem an important work. This book falls into this category.”
The Island Current
“A book that explores, in depth, those parts of New York City almost always left out of the usual books.”
New York Chronicle
“Rescues for readers the history and legend that lie in the soil or rock of these oft-forgotten strands.”
Mario Cuomo
“This is definitely a book I want for my shelf.”
Mario Cuomo
This is definitely a book I want for my shelf.
Booknews
This guide offers details on 42 of New York's islands. It describes their history, politics, population, and landscape, as well as sights and activities for tourists. Directions to each island are also provided. Sidebars feature historical vignettes. Maps and photographs are included. Entries are grouped by locale. Seitz and Miller are both journalists, and natives of New York. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881509458
  • Publisher: Countryman Press, The
  • Publication date: 6/6/2011
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 623,197
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharon Seitz is a native New Yorker and alumnus of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She has written for New York Magazine, the New York Daily News, and Newsday. She lives in Brooklyn.

Stuart Miller is a native New Yorker and alumnus of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He has written for New York Magazine, the New York Daily News, and Newsday. He lives in Brooklyn.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Third Edition 1

Notes on the Archipelago 5

Exploring the Islands 5

Island Emperor 6

I Upper New York Bay 9

1 Governors Island 11

2 Liberty Island 34

3 Ellis Island 55

4 Forgotten Islands of Upper New York Bay 79

II Lower New York Bay 85

5 Hoffman and Swinburne Islands 87

6 Forgotten Islands of Lower New York Bay 99

III Bronx Waters 103

7 City Island 105

8 Hunter and Twin Islands 129

9 Hart Island 137

10 Forgotten Islands of the Bronx 145

IV East River 151

11 Roosevelt Island 153

12 Randall's and Ward's Islands 177

13 Rikers Island 199

14 North and South Brother Islands 211

15 Forgotten Islands of the East River 229

V Jamaica Bay 235

16 Broad Channel 237

17 Forgotten Islands of Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways 255

VI South Brooklyn Waters 271

18 Coney Island 273

19 Forgotten Islands of South Brooklyn 307

VII The Kills 313

20 Prall's Island, Shooter's Island, and Isle of Meadow 315

Acknowledgments: No Author Is an Island 324

Selected Bibliography 325

Index 327

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