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Crazy Development Schemes

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The former chairman of the Battery Park City Authority loves to talk about how the city should fill in more land adjacent to his great creation, but we've never heard him go quite as far as he does in a NYT op-ed from this weekend on where else the city can manufacture new terrain. Witness: "Fill in the Harlem River, which separates Manhattan and the Bronx... We could start by damming it at each end, using fill from local excavations and from dredging operations to clear silt from the Hudson and East Rivers. Once the dams were in place, the channel would slowly dry up and eventually the entire area would have some 3,000 acres that could be used for parks, schools, businesses and homes." [NYT]