Manhattan underground streams

With Manhattan constantly being broken down and built up; being the embodiment of urban, it’s hard to imagine what it looked like in its natural state with wildlife and streams running throughout the island. Any and all natural topographic features have been leveled and paved over, so it comes as quite a curiosity when in 1971 Jack Gasnick reminisces in a letter to the editor of the New York times about how he had stepped into a cellar at Second Ave. & 53rd Street to find a stream bubbling about 5 feet wide, 6 feet deep, with dark green mossed rocks on each side and was able to catch a carp in it.

Gasnick went on to say that the stream ceased to exist in his lifetime. There is however, a well documented brook that bubbles up in the lobby of a building in Lower Manhattan.

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