Wild City: NYC’s Oyster History

Wild City: NYC's Oyster History

Join us and learn how oysters shaped NYC and why they might be the City’s best chance at a clean and healthy tomorrow. This talk is part of our series “Wild City” dedicated to all things wild in New York City and led by author Tom Hynes!
  • 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

  • Save 10% on your own copy of the Wild City book

About the event:

 The oyster plays a starring role in New York City’s history, informing not just the city’s menus but also its ecology. When Henry Hudson arrived in New York Harbor, there were more than 220,000 acres of oyster beds below the water. The native Lenape people introduced European colonists to oysters as food and the bivalves quickly became a staple of the New York diet. New Yorkers loved oysters so much, their cravings for them nearly wiped them from our waters, but the bivalves may yet have a hand in the city’s future as various organizations work to boost their population. After Thomas’ presentation, there will be time for a Q&A.

About Tom Hynes:

Tom Hynes is the author of the book Wild City, an illustrated guide to 40 of the most well-known, surprising, notorious, mythical, and sublime non-human citizens of New York City.

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