This blog is the online companion to the book Hidden Waters of New York City, published by WW Norton. The book’s author, Sergey Kadinsky, is a staffer at the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and an adjunct professor of history at Touro College. His previous work included community outreach for elected officials in Queens, NY; newspaper reporting; and giving tours atop double decker buses in Manhattan. His hobbies include mural painting, snowboarding, and uncovering little-known bits of urban history.

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  1. newyorksfuturetransit August 20, 2017 / 9:50 pm

    I absolutely love this blog and your book. It is fascinating to learn more about what NYC used to look like before it was developed, and what still remains today. http://www.oldkewgardens.com/ss-beginning-0800.html
    “Crystal Lake did not go quietly. Well into the 1980’s, 70 years after it was drained, store owners along Austin Street continued to suffer periodic flooding in their basements – no doubt caused by the underground spring that had fed old Crystal Lake.”

    You do mention it in your piece on Maple Grove Cemetery, but if possible, could you possibly do an independent piece on it? Thanks.

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    • Sergey Kadinsky August 21, 2017 / 1:33 pm

      I gotta do a page on Crystal Lake.


  2. mike conlon December 11, 2019 / 4:00 pm

    What a fantastic website. I love it. I read your article on Minetta Creek. Are you aware that from the 1930s – 1950s, Minetta Creek surfaced briefy? It was in the lobby of ! University Pl. There was a plastic pipe in the lobby, which from time to time allowed the murk that the creek had become, to be displayed.


  3. Jen April 5, 2021 / 5:11 pm

    Hi, Sergey! I’m trying to get in touch to inquire with you about a potential on-camera appearance in a Virtual Field Trip for Discovery Education. I can explain more via email or phone. I have also reached out via linkedin. Thanks!


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