Did you know New York City used to be a forest with swamps and streams?
400 years ago NYC looked very different than it does today. Watch Secrets of New York: New York City’s Waterfront and travel back in time to see what the land of NYC originally looked like and how it came to look as it does today.
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Kelly takes a virtual trip back in time to see what Manhattan looked like 400 years ago before the tops of hills were scraped off and dumped into the river. Kelly also journeys through underground brooks and streams, and we learn what’s really underfoot at South Street Seaport where the skeletons of sunken ships provided the City’s earliest landfill. Kelly then explores how landfill changed two centuries later with the engineering marvel that created the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.