New Jersey City’s professors of economics have appealed to New York City Mayor Eric Adams to relocate to Manhattan – adding about 2,000 acres of artificial land to the southern end of the borough.
In an opinion piece published by The New York Times on Friday, Jason Barr of Rutgers University unveiled his magnificent project, which looks at adding 1,760 acres of land below Battery Park, effectively creating a new neighborhood in the city, complete with Never Sleeps. Tunnels, shops, apartments and parks.
In a public appeal, Barr named the prospective territory a ‘new mannahatta’ – a tribute to the original name given to the Lenape tribe of Native Americans in the centuries before it was colonized.
The bar claims the expansion will help mitigate the hazardous flooding caused by climate change, but theoretically will serve as a place where rows of affordable-housing complexes can be placed.
The professor asserted that approving the plan would help Adams’ deal with both issues in a bold policy shot.
Barr wrote, “If the new Mannahatta is built with the same density and style as the Upper West Side, it would have about 180,000 new residential units.”
Rutgers University professors say the expansion of the ‘new mannahatta’ not only helps to mitigate the hazardous flooding caused by climate change, but also theoretically affordable-housing complexes.
In writing the project, Barr wrote that he had envisioned a ‘diverse neighborhood with housing in all shapes and sizes, from traditional brownstones to five-storey apartment buildings to tall towers’.
At this time of danger, he said big thinking was needed, citing the city’s current housing affordability crisis and the persistent threat of climate change.
The bar then proposed Mayor Adams’ proposed policies for affordable housing, which would include promoting construction across the five boroughs – something New Manhattan could uniquely allow, he says.
‘The new Mannahatta offers the possibility of adding a significant number of new units, many of which can be made affordable to low-income families.’
Barr went on to explain to the reader: ‘Imagine replicating a diverse neighborhood with residential areas of all shapes and sizes, from traditional brownstones to five-storey apartment buildings to tall towers.’
In his piece, the economics professor who wrote ‘Building the Skyline: The Birth and Growth of Manhattan’s Skyscrapers’ in 2016 – suggested that New York was once the city of big projects like the Brooklyn Bridge and the subway system. The 92-acre Battery Park City, built in the 1970s by land reform.
The details of Barr’s anticipated establishment were eyebrow-raising. Aside from the 180,000 affordable housing units mentioned above, the shoreline expansion includes the city’s 1 and G subways, as well as a 35-acre park called the bar’s ‘main square’.
It has ferry terminals, five further parks and a beautiful, beach bike path along its man-made coastline.
The area is completely surrounded by Governor’s Island, a 172-acre island just south of Manhattan. Ironically, the island is only a partial product of landslide extensions that have been artificially added for more than 100 years.
The same can be said for Manhattan.
The landscape of Lower Manhattan was originally much narrower than it is today. Pearl Street’s curve, named for the pearl shells found on the shore at the time, originally marked the east face of the island, while Greenwich Street bordered the Hudson River to the west.
Battery Park City, the latest landfill addition to Manhattan Island, is depicted, built on landfills and constructed by the World Trade Center, built in 1973 in the late 60s and early 70s.
Rutgers Professor Jason Barr asked the mayor on Friday to add about 2,000 acres of artificial land to the southern tip of Manhattan as he unveiled a detailed outline of the project.
A series of land reforms, the first of which took place in 1646 under Peter Stuyvesant, who took over as governor of the New Amsterdam Colony, stretched between one and four blocks on each side.
However, until the 20th century, the topography of Lower Manhattan underwent dramatic transformation as a result of landslide-based land expansions.
In 1934, construction began on East River Drive (now known as FDR Drive), extending east of Manhattan. The highway, which runs 9.5 miles from Lower Manhattan’s Battery to Treeborough Bridge, is built on a combination of landfill and heap-backed relief platforms, according to the site. LowerManhattan.info.
The original shape of Manhattan Island, before it was sold to the Dutch in 1626, was called Mannahatta by the Lenape tribe.
View of Manhattan Island in 1883, after building the Brooklyn Bridge connecting the boroughs in 1869
By 1976, Lower Manhattan had expanded to an additional 23.5 acres with the creation of Battery Park City along the Hudson River, with 1.2 million cubic yards of land and rock being dug for the World Trade Center and completed in 1973.
The area is home to high-end residential neighborhoods, as well as large schools and parks not far from New York City’s bustling financial district, but flooding that part of Manhattan close to the water.
However, it was Lower Manhattan’s violent encounter with Hurricane Sandy that flooded the city’s streets and plunged much of the area into darkness in October 2012, realizing how fragile the reclaimed land was for local residents and city officials.
Battery Park as in 1895. The man-made episode of Battery Park City is missing, which won’t be built for another century
Battery Park City in the 1980s. Created over a decade ago by the World Trade Center, using more than 3 million cubic yards of additional soil and rock from the land reform on the Hudson River, the area now has parks and apartment complexes – similar to Bars New Manhattan
What’s more, during the American Revolution in 1774, when Manhattan’s population grew to 30,000, the city began selling ‘water places’, allowing businessmen to use landfill to crate additional disposable land.
Now, New York City has 400,000 people and 68,000 buildings on the flood plain, and the value of structures located directly in the path of hurricanes and floods has increased four to seven times in the last century alone, says Jeroen Airts and Wಟರ್rter Botzen, VU University in the Netherlands The Economist.
Barr says his plan will prevent such disasters by pushing the already vulnerable areas in the city’s financial district, such as Wall and Broad Streets, further inland. It acts as a buffer to stop flooding with the construction of ‘specific defenses’ such as man-made wetlands around the new coast.
“In particular, the wetland environment around the shoreline absorbs the extremes,” Barr wrote.
Landing at high altitudes improves its defensive capabilities, and the new peninsula can recreate the historic environment and create ecological and ecological research centers dedicated to improving the quality of New York’s natural world.
Barr argues that his imagined expansion – which covers 2.75 square miles – has about 50 percent more surface area than Manhattan’s Upper West Side, which he says will address the borough’s current housing crisis, which is hopelessly exacerbated by Covid. Pre-epidemic levels.
The professor asserted that the newly sworn mayor Eric Adams could approve the plan and reduce the concerns of flooding caused by climate change and the city’s housing crisis.
“To make sense of the scale, from 2010 to 2018, 171,000 units of housing were built, which could accommodate about 417,000 people,” Barr said of the continuing crisis. “Over the same period, the city’s population grew by about 500,000,” the professor later pointed out.
He continued: ‘The Kovid epidemic put a temporary strain on New York City’s real estate, but its impact is waning and the affordable crisis has reinvented itself. The rents are returning to their prepandemic level. ‘
Barr finished the piece by using his plan as a launching pad to force the mayor to act.
‘Mayor Adams has the opportunity to create a legacy that will make New York safer and more affordable. New Mannahatta city will help develop in 21st century. ‘