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Stealing Land Back from the Harbor: A Downtown History

The unearthing of a historic fort wall at the edge of Battery Park this week reminds us that Lower Manhattan used to be a lot skinnier back around the time real estate here was going for $24 worth of tinkets. A like-minded reader passes along this interactive map (detail above) from that PBS documentary on the World Trade Center's life. Is your office on land that once was water? Get in touch with your inner archaeologist/historian without having to dig around in the slush.
· Layers of Lower Manhattan [PBS/AmericanExperience]
· The Battery Wall Discovery: Some Dig It, Others Won't [Curbed]