Most Americans would agree that New York City is probably
our most urbanized area in the country. Millions live and
or work on four relatively small islands and a peninsular.
Tenements and skyscrapers are the norm.
Cement is everywhere and the underground gives off heat
to melt snow rather quickly. Anne Matthews paints another
landscape of the Big Apple. She insists nature is fighting
back and beginning to reclaim the environment through wild
animals and plants adapting to life in a cement jungle.
WILD NIGHTS is an interesting look at civilization past and
present, especially that of metropolitan New York. Though
entertaining, the book provides a final forecast of doom
that takes away from a powerful, well-written, and
documented tome. Still, many urbanites and suburbanites
will wonder how close the front is to their homes and jobs.