The City: Extending Manhattan

Manhattan is notorious for turning its back on its own waterfront. Not only is the island festooned with seedy, rat-infested piers; the waterfront itself is cut off by a rim of superdrives. Planners and architects have long dreamed of extending the island with marinas, heliports and apartment houses on stilts, but all plans so far have foundered in oceans of red tape, difficulties of finance, and massive indifference, from the mayor's office on down.

Thus it was news last week when a project aimed at making creative use of the river front got both active...

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