Minetta Brook Research

The results of my attempt to determine exactly where the historic Minetta Brook is today, mapping the sewer network within the historic watershed with GIS. (With Liz Barry.) Below are the graphics from our presentation, and below that is an historical summary.

Below - "Modeling Minetta Brook" - Graphics


Below - "Modeling Minetta Brook" - Paper

Undercity Info Sheet: Canal St Sewer

A one-page info sheet on the Canal Street Sewer, which was originally an above-ground drainage route leading from the old Collect Pond to the Hudson River. (First a meandering and marshy natural drainage route from the spring-fed Collect Pond; then it became a man-made drainage ditch after European colonists began to reshape the landscape.) 

I made these info sheets originally just as a way to tell people about the old streams and the sewers that have replaced them in NYC. I thought it was funny, for information about old streams that no longer existed, to present it as a flyer for a tour that didn't actually exist either. It was only a few years later than I began to develop actual walking tours where I would take people above-ground along the old routes of these streams. We only walk above-ground, but we peer down a few manhole covers along the way so that we can actually see the water flowing below (which is nowadays a mixture of natural groundwater and combined sewage together).