Aerial view of New York City, looking north, on December 16, 1951

(Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives)

Via Atlantic’s In Focus here

*It is interesting to note the heavy, visual presence of the piers and the working waterfront in old NYC, much of which is now, filled in with dredge/reclamation (witness site of Twin Towers) and others being now turned into parks and water access.

For example something like the image below, via PLaNYC 2030 document on Parks and Public Space, which visions much of the NW shoreline of Manhattan greened.

Goal: Ensure all New Yorkers live within a ten-minute walk of a park via http://www.nyc.gov/html/planyc2030/html/theplan/public-spaces.shtml

Trajectories continued through vehicles such as PlaNYC 2030 visions of NYC “as a waterfront city” with a green littoral zone of parks not just of urban density and skyscrapers or more mundane modes ie: real estate residential growth.

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