Tuxedo Park: The Gift of Nature

Tuxedo Park: The Gift of Nature

About Tuxedo Park: The Gift of Nature

Available September 29, 2015 - A new book from Chiu Yin Hempel , author of Tuxedo Park: The Historic Houses and Tuxedo Park: Lives, Legacies, Legends - Illustrated with breathtaking color photographs by renowned photographer Greg Miller. Author and photographer chronicle biodiversity and scenic beauty in historic village. Undisturbed expanse of natural environments rarely exists in close proximity to metropolitan areas. Yet, just 45 miles north of New York City, there is a village of extraordinary biodiversity. Tuxedo Park is home to more than 450 species of trees and plants, 150 species of butterflies and moths, and nearly 200 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Its lakes and feeder streams teem with life year round. The story of Tuxedo Park's diverse species and scenic beauty is told in Tuxedo Park: The Gift of Nature, a new book featuring over 200 breathtaking original color photographs. Founded in 1886, Tuxedo Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Gilded Age luminaries, including Waldorf Astor, Augustus Juilliard, and Emily Post lived there. J.P. Morgan and Cornelius Vanderbilt were members of the Tuxedo Club. Bruce Price, Carrère and Hastings, Frederick Law Olmsted’s sons, and John Russell Pope endowed the village with architectural masterpieces. Nature, however, is what truly distinguishes Tuxedo Park from all other towns and villages in the New York metropolis. This exquisite environment is now given a voice in Tuxedo Park: The Gift of Nature. This book is the third volume in an illustrated trilogy about the historic community of Tuxedo Park, New York. The others are Tuxedo Park: Lives, Legacies, Legends and Tuxedo Park: The Historic Houses.

Reviews for Tuxedo Park: The Gift of Nature

"An essential guide to the natural beauty and historical significance of Tuxedo Park.  The Gift of Nature captures the heart and soul, the very essence, of the forest setting of "The Park."  Lovingly detailed by author Chiu Yin Hempel and splendidly photographed by Grey Miller, it's a perfect companion to Tuxedo Park: The Historic Houses and Tuxedo Park: Lives, Legacies, Legends.  Superb."

Howard Shore, Academy Award-winning Composer, Lord of the Rings

"This book shows how a community’s commitment to conservation literally changes the landscape. Beautiful homes can be constructed without destroying animals, trees, and plants. Tuxedo Park: The Gift of Nature demonstrates how man and nature can exist in perfect harmony. ”

Bernadette Peters, Tony Award-winning actress/singer/comedienne, and children’s book author

"There's no place like Tuxedo Park, and this gorgeously illustrated, beautifully told story of natural conservation shows why it remains an ecological treasure today. This is an inspiring book about a small village with a big, important history for us all."

Eric Klinenberg, Professor at New York University and New York Times Best-Selling author.

"Tuxedo Park: The Gift of Nature tells the story of extraordinary biodiversity that has been conserved and protected for more than a hundred years. Communities across the country and around the world can learn a lot from Tuxedo Park’s historical conservation."

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

"This book is a great read for people who love nature conservation and photography. The writing is beautiful and the images are breathtaking. This book offers an inspiring look into the natural world of Tuxedo Park."

Michael Aram Award-winning metal-ware, home-ware and fine jewelry designer.

"Nature and good health go hand in hand. A healthy environment is essential for all living things. Tuxedo Park: The Gift of Nature shows us how biodiversity and nature can flourish when conservation-minded community development occurs. The photos in this book are absolutely gorgeous and the writing beautifully describes the wildlife in Tuxedo Park."

Mary P. Leahy, M.D.,  CEO Bon Secours Charity Health System

"Spellbinding images and a fascinating story about the biodiversity and landscape history in Tuxedo Park.  A visually stunning finale to the trilogy of books that demonstrates why Tuxedo Park is such a unique community.  I recommend this book to anyone interested in nature generally and everyone interested in Tuxedo Park."

Michael Bruno, Founder of 1stdibs

 
"Tuxedo Park: The Gift of Nature is an exquisite book with polished narrative and amazing photographs.”

Dr. Cliff L. Wood, President of Rockland Community College

"In Tuxedo Park:  The Gift of Nature, Orange County, NY-based photographer Greg Miller strikingly showcases the village of Tuxedo Park, NY.  Tuxedo Park resident, Chiu Yin Hempel discusses Tuxedo Park’s history, bringing it to life with the many voices of notable Tuxedo Park historical figures quoted throughout the book.  Together, the two beautifully weave the story of Tuxedo Park and its residents’ commitment to maintaining a stronghold for native flora and fauna in this community of the Hudson Highlands.  Tuxedo Park:  The Gift of Nature proves to be a breathtaking centerpiece and conversation-starter for any nature or photography lover’s coffee table."

Elyse A. G. Fuller, Associate Professor, Department of Science, Rockland Community College.

"This is an enjoyable publication. The text is nicely written and it achieves a narrative balance with the sensitive photography. Naturally, the book would be of particular interest to Tuxedo Park residents; but anyone should enjoy a peek into the natural beauty, enchanting gardens and picturesque houses  in this fabled National Register of Historic Places community.”

"Greg Miller has successfully captured elusive sweet light in his 200+ photographs in Tuxedo Park: The Gift of Nature, an accomplishment that likely required relentless pursuit. A photographer can obsessively check the charts and weather conditions, but still find the light deficient at a scheduled destination. I can’t imagine how many times Miller had to go back to the same scene to capture a setting with the magical golden hue. Every image in the book is bathed in the light, beautifully composed to immortalize Tuxedo Park as the gift of nature."

Jill Enfield, Photographer