This would have changed the focus of my photography over the last five years…
Tired of New York’s terrible traffic and lack of housing options?
It might be time to revisit one of the nuttier ideas for reshaping and redeveloping Manhattan ever proposed: draining the Hudson River and then paving it over.
This idea doesn’t seem to be a hoax. It was covered in the March 1934 edition of Modern Mechanix in a wild article entitled “Filling in the Hudson.”
The plan, proposed by “noted publicist and engineering scholar” Norman Sper, would “reclaim” from the Hudson River 10 square miles, which would “not only provide for thousands of additional buildings, but also for avenues and cross streets,” to ease congestion.
“Today there are ten avenues laid out along the length of Manhattan,” proclaims the article. “These are crossed by 125…
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