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Urban Archeology/Then and Now

 
 
Urban Archeology/Then and Now Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 19, 2019
1. Urban Archeology/Then and Now Marker
Inscription.  
Right: Urban Archeology
Did you know that there are archeological sites right here in New York City? Pieces of our city’s history are hidden under our feet beneath streets, parks, and parking lots.
Under this playground, archeologists found wooden wharves (or docks) built over 200 years ago and many artifacts (objects) from our city’s past. The place where you’re standing used to be filled with water.

Left: Then and Now
Artifacts are clues that help us learn about people from the past. If archeologists found your shoe 100 years from now, what would they learn about you?
The artifacts in the left-hand column below were found here. Which of the present-day images on the right match up with them?
 
Erected by NYC Parks.
 
Location. 40° 42.362′ N, 74° 0.226′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Burling Slip near South Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Imagination Playground, New York NY 10038, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Archaeological Discovery/Making Land
Imagination Playground image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 19, 2019
2. Imagination Playground
original structures still line the Burling Slip site.
(here, next to this marker); 170-6 John Street, 86 South Street (within shouting distance of this marker); High Water Mark (within shouting distance of this marker); Wavertree (within shouting distance of this marker); Peking (was about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported permanently removed. ); 207 - 211 Water Street (about 400 feet away); 203 Front Street (about 400 feet away); Fulton Fish Market and Pier 17 (was about 400 feet away but has been reported missing. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Categories. Anthropology & ArchaeologyWaterways & Vessels
 
Urban Archeology/Then and Now Marker site image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 19, 2019
3. Urban Archeology/Then and Now Marker site
Imagination Playground atop the site of Burling Slip
South Street Seaport Historic District streetsigns image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 19, 2019
4. South Street Seaport Historic District streetsigns
Inset image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 19, 2019
5. Inset
Ships used to tie up along wooden walls like this one to load and unload cargo back, when this area was a busy docking place called Burling Slip.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on May 28, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 27, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 27, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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