NYC’s natural history: 400 years ago, today, tomorrow

Manahatta, by landscape ecologist Eric Sanderson
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5955328-mannahatta?from_search=true
“…reconstructs…the forests of Times Square, the meadows of Harlem, and the wetlands of downtown (to) show what Manhattan looked like 400 years ago.”

Beyond Manahatta…
Welikia
http://welikia.org/
“The Wildlife Conservation Society launched the Welikia Project, an effort to document the historical ecology of all of New York City and compare it to the current biodiversity of the city; it includes materials…for the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island. “Welikia” [way-LEE-ki-a] means “my good home” in Lenape, the Native American language spoken in the New York City region 400 years ago.”

See also:
Where do we go from here? The future of Manhattan…
https://www.mannahatta2409.org/