Explore the history of New York City’s animal inhabitants, from the oysters and beavers of our waterways to the celebrity birds that soar through the skyline and mythical alligators that allegedly slink through the sewers in Untapped New York’s new virtual series with Wild City author Thomas Hynes! Every month, Hynes will introduce viewers to a different city-dwelling creature and explore the impact they’ve had on the city, as well as the impact human inhabitants have had on them. In the debut talk on March 29th, Hynes will dive into the history of New York City oysters!

Wild City: Oysters

Tickets to each talk are just $10! You can gain access to unlimited free virtual events per month and unlock a video archive of 100+ past events as an Untapped New York Insider starting at $10/month. Already an Insider? Register here! Can’t make it live? Register for this virtual talk and we’ll email you a recording of it after it ends!

In the debut talk:

  • Discover how NYC went from having almost half the oysters in the world to nearly none
  • Revisit the days when oysters were a staple of the NYC diet for the rich and poor
  • Learn about the current efforts to restore NYC’s oyster population
Wild City Book Cover

Thomas Hynes is the author of Wild City, an illustrated guide to “the most well-known, surprising, notorious, mythical, and sublime non-human citizens of New York City.” All attendees to the Wild City talks will receive a discount code to save 10% off a copy of the book courtesy of local Brooklyn bookshop Books are Magic!

Upcoming Wild City talks include Celebrity Birds of NYC, The History of Beavers, and The Legend of NYC’s Sewer Alligators!

Wild City: Oysters

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