The Other Islands of New York City (Paperback)
A History and Guide
Countryman Press, 9780881509458, 344pp.
Publication Date: June 6, 2011
“A well-written and comprehensive tale . . . a lively history of the people and events that forged modern-day New York City.”—The Urban Audubon
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.
About the Author
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.
Praise For The Other Islands of New York City: A History and Guide…
Only occasionally does something new come along that I deem an important work. This book falls into this category.
A book that explores, in depth, those parts of New York City almost always left out of the usual books.
Rescues for readers the history and legend that lie in the soil or rock of these oft-forgotten strands.
This is definitely a book I want for my shelf.
— Mario Cuomo, former governor of New York State