Published October 13th, 2014
 

Running time: 7 Minutes

By Eliza Loehr

It’s hard to tell the history of New York City without mentioning oysters. When the Dutch first settled on the island of Manhattan, the shallow harbor was teeming with oysters. In the 19th century, six cents bought you all the oysters you could eat. Today, the harbor has virtually no oysters. So what happened?