Daylighting in NYC presentation

A presentation on the potentials for daylighting of historic streams in NYC, with my suggestions for the best sites to consider, that I put together in 2013. Includes in the first section a summary of the most important benefits of daylighting of urban streams, at least in my own analysis.

 

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).

Undercity Info Sheet: Sunswick Creek

A one-page info sheet on the old Sunsick Creek in Queens, NY, now a mainline sewer.

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).

Undercity Info Sheet: Mill Brook/First Stream

First Stream in Newark was a vital waterway for the founding of the city; it was also known as Mill Brook because it was originally used to power a watermill. It is now completely underground and integrated with the 19th-century combined sewer system, although overflows still have an outlet at the historic mouth of the stream into the Passaic River.

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).