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EDITORIAL A t La Guardia Place and Houston Street, just north of Manhattan���s SoHo neighborhood, one of New York City���s five boroughs, there is a very small plot of land, not much bigger than a standard townhouse lot. Its perimeter is marked by a high chain-link fence. Occasionally tour guides describe the wild vegetation within this smallest of nature preserves as a remnant of virgin, pre-Henrik Hudson Manhattan. It likely resembles undergrowth of the sort Native Americans would forge circuitous paths through. Certainly, then, Manhattan had towering, ancient trees, thick berry patches and the occasional wetland vegetation. But Oscar Wilde���s aphorism that ���if nature had been comfortable, man-kind would never have invented architecture,��� would in subsequent centuries hold true for New York City as much as anywhere in the world. Eventually Manhattan and all other boroughs became, almost exclusively, the built world. During the last quarter of the 19th century New York went seriously vertical, partly out of necessity and partly inspired by the father of skyWilliam Klein Atomic, New York 1955 All images courtesy of Peter Fetterman Gallery. HYLAND

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