Upcoming FREE Presentation – Thursday 5/10/18 7:00 PM @ Riverdale Neighborhood House

The Natural History of

Kingsbridge, Spuyten Duyvil, Riverdale, Marble Hill, and Inwood

featuring author:

Eric Sanderson

Senior Conservation Ecologist, Wildlife Conservation Society, author of Mannahatta

Thursday, May 10th, 7:00 PM at The Riverdale Neighborhood House, 5521 Mosholu Ave

In the event of bad weather, please check this site for rain date information.

Image: Jesse Moy and Eric Sanderson
Tibbett’s Brook, 1609 – Image: Jesse Moy and Eric Sanderson
Tibbett Avenue, Today
Tibbett Avenue, Today

Hundreds of years before city buses and livery cabs clogged West 230th Street and Broadway, Native Americans pulled fresh oysters out of the creek that once flowed there.  Join the Kingsbridge Historical Society at a presentation by Eric Sanderson, Senior Conservation Ecologist at Wildlife Conservation Society and author of Mannahatta:  A Natural History of New York City, as he uncovers the original natural ecology of the area around Kingsbridge, Riverdale,Spuyten Duyvil, Inwood, and Marble Hill.  For years his group at the WCS worked to uncover the natural ecology of Manhattan as it first appeared to Henry Hudson in 1609.  But more recently, using sophisticated computer models and rarely seen historical maps, they have focused on our part of The Bronx and are developing a picture of the interconnected web of plants, animals, humans that once existed in this neighborhood.  Rediscover this lost world with the Kingsbridge Historical Society at our

first meeting of 2018 at 7:00 on May 10th at the Riverdale Neighborhood House at 5521 Mosholu Ave Bronx, NY near 256th St (diagonally across from the Riverdale branch of the NYPL).  The meeting is free and open to the public and Street parking is available.

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Eric W. Sanderson is a Senior Conservation Ecologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society and adjunct faculty at New York and Columbia Universities.  He is the author of the bestseller about the historical ecology of New York, Mannahatta:  A Natural History of New York City (2009), and also Terra Nova:  The New World After Oil, Cars, and Suburbs (2013), and editor of three other books, including the recently published, Prospects for Resilience:  Insights from New York City’s Jamaica Bay (2016), about climate resilience along an urban coastline.  Sanderson is co-inventor of Visionmaker, an on-line ecological planning forum for New York City.  He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles or book chapters in ecology, remote sensing, and conservation biology.  He led the team that mapped the human footprint on Earth at 1 km scale for the first time and recently contributed to an effort to update the map 15 years later.  In addition, he has contributed to planning efforts for many wildlife species, including jaguars, tigers, American crocodiles, North American bison, snow leopards, tapirs and peccaries; and developed a wildlife based conservation planning framework at the landscape scale (Landscape Species Approach).  His work has been profiled in The New Yorker, National Geographic, the New York Times, National Public Radio, El Mundo, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), The Times (London), and other media.  He currently serves on the board of the Natural Areas Conservancy, a non-profit focused on the conservation of the green and blue natural areas of New York City and the Executive Council of the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay, also in New York.  Sanderson earned a Ph.D. in Ecology (1998) and a B.A.S. in English and Biochemistry (1989) at the University of California, Davis.  He is also an Eagle Scout (1985).













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Upcoming Presentation – Thursday 5/18/17 @ Riverdale Neighborhood House

The Kingsbridge Historical Society (founded 1949) will be holding its first meeting for 2017 on Thursday May 18th at 7:30 PM at the Riverdale Neighborhood House. The presentation is free and the public is invited.

The subject will be The History of Riverdale, Kingsbrige, Spuyten Duyvil & Marble Hill in maps. The presentation will be by Nick Dembowski of the Kingsbridge Historical Society. Discover the natural features hidden under the urban landscape that made the area a land of plenty for Native Americans, a defensive stronghold for revolutionary armies, and a base for industry. Trace the evolution of the neighborhoods over the centuries looking at rarely seen maps and images. What remains from the days of early colonial settlers? What has vanished without a trace? Come and discover.

The Riverdale Neighborhood House is located 5521 Mosholu Ave Bronx, NY near 256th St and diagonally across from the Riverdale branch of the NYPL. Street parking is available. Please also view our web page at