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A new initiative to build an enormous wall around Lower Manhattan seems like something straight out of science fiction. The Big U is a continuous protective structure that will be nearly ten miles long when completed and, hopefully, help prevent the devastation from future hurricanes. One of six winning proposals in the Rebuild by Design competition that was initiated after […]

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Here’s a strange proposal for dealing with the looming threat of more devastating floods in Lower Manhattan: stuff a bunch of shipping containers full of garbage, then line the island with them. It comes from designers Ishaan Kumar, Arianna Armelli, and David Sepulveda, finalists in the ONE Prize competition, which seeks to highlight big ideas in […]

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New York City got hit with a lot of snow last night. And while it will surely inconvenience us–and provide Bill de Blasio with the first big challenge of his brand new mayoralty–it will be nothing like the quaint, Dickensian chaos New Yorkers faced a century and a half ago, before the days of SUVs […]

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Yesterday, we told you that a crane at the seemingly cursed One57 luxury high rise had collapsed (again), leading to the closure of 57th betwen Sixth and Seventh Avenues. Authorities told us at the time that they’d attempt to fix the crane while it stood rather than bring it down like they did in the […]

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During the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, a collapsed crane at the under-construction luxury high rise One57 dangled high above 57th Street for eight days before it was secured. The block of 57th between Sixth and Seventh Avenues was closed to traffic, and residents were forced to evacuate. It was a big deal. People made parody […]

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For downtown residents, the last few nights of blackout have primarily brought a continuation of daytime inconveniences and an eerie break in routine–drinks by candlelight, watching NYU students line up for a waffle truck on E. 14th St., that sort of thing–but there’s little doubt anywhere in Lower Manhattan that the lights will be back […]

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The Weather Channel announced recently that it would give names to up to 26 winter storms this year, one for every letter of the alphabet, and the namesakes chosen are the kinds of titanic forces you might expect. For H: Helen, daughter of Zeus. For K: Khan, ruler of the Mongol empire. For Q: the […]

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In case you can’t see out your window, New York, there’s a storm a-brewin’. For my money, the rain we’re seeing right now blows the puny little derecho out of the water. There’s thunder! There’s lightning! There’s hail! Brooklyn and Queens are flooding, apparently! But you knew that, of course. An enterprising videographer has already […]

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Last night’s derecho, the confluence of thunderstorms that was supposed to wreak untold amounts of havoc around New York, was kind of a bust. It made for plenty of good Instagram material, sure, and it lent the city some Gotham-style brooding gravitas, but did it really live up to its thunderous hype? There were a […]

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There’s legislation circling around in Albany that would require public alerts when wastewater spills into the Hudson River and other waterways–because currently, there’s no state law requiring the state’s 643 water treatment plants to give the public a heads up when shit spills into our water. FYI: overflows routinely occur during huge rainstorms and places […]

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