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A Floating Metropolis/Sailings, Sightings and Special Events

 
 
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By Larry Gertner, April 12, 2019
1. A Floating Metropolis/Sailings, Sightings and Special Events Marker
Inscription.  
Left: A Floating Metropolis
A plan to create a new residential and commercial neighborhood on the site of the decaying Hudson River piers was first proposed in the early 1960s. Battery Park City is a remarkable technological achievement. To build it, 92 acres of Hudson River waterfront were filled with sand dredged from the bottom of Long Island Sound and dirt and rock excavated during construction of the World Trade Center. Apartment towers and office buildings, parks and playgrounds are all built on landfill, and the Esplanade stands on as enormous “sandwich,” supported by pilings driven into the Hudson River bottom. The top of the “sandwich,” either planting beds or pavement, is separated from the structural concrete platform below by three feet of soil and three feet of sand.

Right: Sailings, Sightings and Special Events
A blank area, presumably to be filled in with appropriate commentary.
 
Location. 40° 42.316′ N, 74° 1.104′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker can be reached from
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By Larry Gertner, March 27, 2016
2. A Floating Metropolis/Sailings, Sightings and Special Events Marker site
Robert J. Wagner Jr. Park pavilion
The markers are visible along the viewing platform.
Battery Place near Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park, on the right when traveling south. The marker is one of four atop the viewing platform of the Robert J. Wagner Jr. Park pavilion. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10004, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battery Timeline (here, next to this marker); A Field Guide of New York Harbor/The Age of Sail (here, next to this marker); Ferries, Tugs and Tall Ships/Along the Western Shore (a few steps from this marker); History of New Pier 1 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island (was about 400 feet away but has been reported missing. ); History of Pier A (about 400 feet away); American Merchant Mariners' Memorial (about 500 feet away); New York Korean War Veterans Memorial (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
More about this marker. The title "A Floating Metropolis" is wildly inaccurate, as there is no "floating" involved - even the marker text details the amount of landfill necessary before construction began.
 
Categories. ArchitectureParks & Recreational Areas
 
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3. Inset
Staking out the landfill boundaries.
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4. Inset
The completed landfill.
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5. Inset
The Twin Towers and Battery Park City.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on May 21, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 20, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Last updated on May 21, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 20, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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