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Seaport Exhibit Shows Off 25 Miles of NYC's Shoreline

The enormity of New York City's shoreline can be hard to experience unless you're willing to embark on a boat ride around the five boroughs. For those that get seasick, a new exhibit at the South Street Seaport may help. "Sea Level: Five Boroughs at Water's Edge" is a panorama of images taken by photographer Elizabeth Felicella on a 25-mile boat trip that took her under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island, and then north to Fort Totten, Queens. The pop-up exhibit is from the AIA Center for Architecture and is on display at the Center's new outpost at the Seaport.

Viewers will see the shore of every one of the five boroughs, taking them on a trip through history. The panorama is accompanied by essays by author Robert Sullivan. "Today, we tend to see our city via the land, or more typically, through the lens of real estate—from the ever-higher heights of new towers or even from old observation decks," he writes. "But what do you see if you see the city from the vantage point of its largest public space—the harbor?" Ultimately, the exhibit seeks to answer this question, posed by Sullivan: "What does the city look like from sea level?"

· AIA: Sea Level: Five Boroughs at Water's Edge [Official]