224-65 76th Ave
Oakland Gardens, NY 11364
Join author Thomas Hynes for a talk on the oyster’s outsized impact in New York City, how the bivalve shaped the city, and how oysters might be the city’s best chance at a clean and healthy tomorrow. 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’s presentation, there will be time for the Q&A. Zoom link will be emailed upon registration.