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On the Waterfront

New York Magazine archicritic Justin Davidson has an elegant history of New York City's on-again, off-again relationship with its waterfront, which may well transform once again under Mayor Bloomberg's recent post-Sandy waterfront protection plan. "Glance at a map of New York, and what you see is a lot of blue, ringed by a piecrust of boroughs. This is a largely liquid city, a stunningly obvious fact that for decades was almost forgotten and that we're only just beginning to remember?.New York's relationship with its waters is a long and crazy romance, fueled by manic energy, gilded dreams, violence, abandonment, and elated rediscovery." [NYM; previously]