Shadows of Lost Rivers

Here’s something.

Back at the beginning of this year Beneath Ceaseless Skies published a story of mine called “Shadows Under Hexmouth Street”. (That’s the link to it. You can read it later.) One of the inspirations for that story was an article I read about subterranean rivers in Greenwich Village. The article included an apocryphal story of someone fishing for blind crayfish through a manhole cover in the basement of their apartment building.

Today I found out about a documentary called Lost Rivers.

“Once upon a time, in almost every city many rivers flowed. Why did they disappear? How? And could we see them again? This documentary tries to find answers by meeting visionary urban thinkers, activists and artists from around the world.”

It sounds pretty neat.

 

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4 responses to “Shadows of Lost Rivers”

  1. Rick Bowes says :

    Running water in the cellar was in the 18/19th centuries a hallmark of upper class living – flowing stream water gave a certain amount of refrigeration to perishables. Here in Greenwich Village the Minetta Stream was proclaimed dead in the 1950’s only to suddenly reappear when NYU sunk the deep cellars of the Bobst Library in the early 1970’s. Fresh, flowing water was an absolute urban necessity.

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