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New York City: The view from Governors Island

By Douglas Tallack


The file associated with this record differs slightly from the published version. Pop-ups and mini-essays are now included in the body of the work and audio and video files now have a link in the footnote rather than being included in the essay.Governors Island is only 730 metres from the tip of Manhattan, but remains virtually unknown to most New Yorkers. Overlooked by gleaming skyscrapers on some of the most expensive real estate in the world, Governors Island has been on the edge of New York City's history and, until very recently, has been a notable absence from both large- and small-scale developments in the Lower Manhattan and harbour area.Publisher Versio

Publisher: Universitas 21 in collaboration with Melbourne University Publishing
Year: 2009
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