Sometimes you run into crazy schemes from the past and think “what if?” Here’s a great one.
This scheme is from 1934 and proposed to fill in the Hudson River by damming it at the north end of Manhattan and at New York Harbor and then replacing the captured water with land. It would have given about ten square miles of additional land to use for new highways and buildings. Of course, we all know that it would have quickly become just as crowded as the rest of the area but… what if?
Read more about it from Gothamist: The 1934 Plan To Fill In The Hudson River, Connecting NYC To NJ.
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