“Easy and enjoyable to read . . . One of the aspects of Green Metropolis is how the author integrates so many interesting details from so many different fields of study in each green space discussed. . . . I recommend it highly for anyone interested in New York City or in the natural environment of urban areas.” —Richard Weigel, Bowling Green Daily News
“Whether mushroom-hunting on Staten Island or admiring outcrops of schist in Manhattan, Elizabeth Barlow Rogers turns her knowing and loving eye on what she calls the “palimpsest” of the city. . . . Wherever she visits, she brings her particular point of view toward urban environments, seeing them not as alternatives to nature’s story but as new texts traced over the older natural narrative, which remains visible to those who know how to read it.” —Gerard Helferich, The Wall Street Journal
“New York may seem the archetypal cityscape, but nature thrums through this concrete jungle. So reports landscape preservationist Elizabeth Barlow Rogers in her erudite study of seven of the city’s green spaces. Summoning geology, biology and history, Barlow witnesses stridulating 17-year cicadas at Staten Island’s High Rock Nature Center, walks through the 14.5-hectare of ‘self-generating wildwood’ of Central Park’s Ramble, strolls the evocative garden promenade of reclaimed rail spur the High Line, and more.” —Nature
“A gem . . . Distilling a lifetime’s worth of knowledge and insight, Rogers describes the history and development of seven landscapes, including the High Line, the F.D.R. memorial on Roosevelt Island, the woodlands of Inwood Hill Park, the capped garbage mountain in Freshkills, Staten Island, and her beloved Ramble area in Central Park.” —Phillip Lopate, Vanity Fair
From the Hardcover edition.