Mission: To promote nature in the city
by revealing the hidden treasures in stories
of the natural world.
The Nature Survival Metropolis Zone.
New York has always been known as a mecca for culture. Did you know that it is equally appealing for birds? Did you know of the multitude of the stories of the creatures of nature? Find out.
Other Nature Metropolis Zones.
New York is not the only metropolis that fosters stories of wild nature in the city
New York City is actually surrounded by preserves and sancuaries that allow fauna and flora to emerge that would otherwise be lost by city development. Our pledge is to promote nature stories. Thanks to the efforts of these many organizations that care about the future of wild life and nature preservation, we can still enjoy the beauty of our shrinking natural world through yarns and tales.
Each of the five boroughs of New York has a major and unique park system. The parks provide trees, ponds and fields, features conducive to survival. These oases offer restful stop-overs for migrating birds, and good homes for resident birds and ideal places for nature story tellers. Included are Central Park in Manhattan, Bronx Park in the Bronx, Prospect Park in Brooklyn, and Flushing Meadows Park in Queens. Also, Long Island is home to several preserves, including Connetquot River State Park, Cold Spring harbor Fish Hatchery, Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge, and many others featuring serene settings for stories.
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Concrete Jungle Press invites you to visit some of these with the many links provided elsewhere on this site where you will find stories and yarns. Thank you.
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The Concrete Jungle in New York City
Concrete Jungle Press is not about concrete, nor is it about jungles. It is about stories. It is about spirit; it is about nature. It is represented as a metaphor, which embraces nature in the city. New York is unusual in that within its concrete structures dwell creatures that have adapted amazingly well to the heartbeat of living, thriving in an urban environment like fleas on a dogís back. All of natureís creatures forage on the concrete jungle floor. The spirit of old-fashion story-telling is revealed within our goal. Ever wonder what birds do at night or how insects over winter in the city? While some birds of prey take meals on the wing, others float high in the sky on giant wings. We think of them gliding to their lairs on mountain cliffs in a remote range. In the city, they find refuge on skyscraper ledges, high above the bustle below. Peregrine Falcons dine on the abudance of pigeons, snatching them in mid-flight.Find out how nature thrives in the city.
The Rise of the Small Publisher
Over the years, many small publishers have emerged to encourage the little known names in the literary and story-telling world. They fill important niches, which tend to be overlooked by the large, financially superior commercial publishers. Often small publishers commit to stories in specialized areas. Although small publishers tend to support inspiring new authors, they cannot compete with the enormous influence of their giant counterparts. Yet, small publishers represent a great deal of the revenue generated by the reading public. The really big names in the publishing world are few, making large houses rely on heavy sales volume. They are able to do this because of their tremendous financial support in such areas as advertising and promotion, the two single most important aspects of moving books from stores to people. Someone once said that any item can be sold if advertising is aggressive enough. Todayís readers are more sophisticated than ever; many donít always judge a book by its cover.
According to the Association of American Publishers, net sales exceeded more than $25 billion in 2005, and continues to grow. Check out the story
The rapid growth was due primarily to the large number of small publishers that sprang up over the last ten years. Since the early 90ís, small publishers have taken up key roles in the industry, challenging the once powerful commercial monopoly. And with the advent of the internet, again small publishers have found truly unique ways to capture their share of the market. And their input continues to grow and develop, making big houses feel the ever-tightening pinch on profits. Concrete Jungle Press is one of these small publishers, and hopes to fill a very important niche in the area of nature in an urban setting. Readers look for quality literature, wading through the ocean of glamorous covers produced by the high-powered houses. They will find gratification as small publishers continue to shine and reap the rewards of doing business.
Big publishers do fill a vital role in the business since they have the resources to produce important works such as reference and text books.
Concrete Jungle Press dedicates its efforts to help develop quality literature, which embraces natural settings and wholesome characters, such as those in the old films like Fly Away Home, Real Window, The Pink Pimpernal, Sabrina and Little House on the Prairie.
Those with concerns and comments about small publishers may send them to Concrete Jungle Press.
Authors wishing to submit original unpublished work should send to Concrete Jungle Press, 163 Third Avenue, #130, New York, NY 10003
Riverside Park viewed from Edgewater, New Jersey.
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How Nature Thrives in the City
A number of avenues are available to learn more about how nature thrives in the city. Among these are: The Parks.
Central Park is a magnet for unusual birds arriving from the preserve across the river. The maintenance of this unique environment is governed by theCentral Park Conservancy. Their site allows you to download a wonderful map of Central Park in Adobe format.
Along the Hudson
The 330 acres of the waterfront green space, known as Riverside Park, stretch over four miles along the Hudson River from 65th to 155th Streets. It attracts many species of birds from the Jersey side since it parallels the vast wilderness space of the Palasades. Learn more at Riverside Park Information.
On the Jersey Side
The Palisades Interstate Park, which sits on a 2,500-acre, 12-mile strip of land sandwiched between the Hudson River and the Palisades Interstate Parkway has been maintained by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission during the last 100 years. The park is divided into two regions: upper and lower. The lower part meets the shorefront of the Hudson River, while the upper part is sported on a spectacular 350-foot cliff, which overlooks the Hudson. On a clear day you can look up the river for miles. Within the park.
Greenbrook Sanctuary, a 165-acre nature preserve in the upper part, supports some 245 species of birds.
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