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The Waterfront of the Future

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NYMag archicritic Justin Davidson joins the leagues of professionals calling for a future NYC with a more permeable waterfront, painting an idyllic picture in his latest piece: "Scattered in the Upper Bay are archipelagos of tiny artificial islands and floating piers?speed bumps for a storm surge. Beneath the waves, submerged reefs made of old subway cars and oyster beds help diffuse hard-charging currents, and at the same time host an abundance of marine life. [...] We will watch the sea come in, serenely confident that it will make an orderly retreat, leaving our vital systems unmolested and our streets unbesmirched." [NYM]