A young Teddy Roosevelt filled the shelves of his room on East 20th St. in Manhattan with stuffed birds, squirrels, and mice in an attempt to satisfy his obsession with nature, while life in the streets below his window was grimy, noisy and crowded- quite a contrast from his life at Sagamore Hill in the country. By the mid 1800’s America’s big East Coast cities were overcrowded- and the cacophony of success rang throughout their streets. By the 1840’s Transcendentalism was reaching religious status as poets like Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote of the blessings upon America of a richness of nature and beauty, and artists of the Hudson River School such as Thomas Cole, John Frederick Kensett, Fitz Henry Lane and Albert Bierstadt painted…