New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Bulkhead Line Est. by Dept. of Docks in 1871
This line in the pavement represents the western edge of Manhattan in 1871. By that time, the shoreline had already been extended well to the west of the original location, which lay along present day Greenwich Street. The fill that expanded the island contains timber, cribbing, soils from the leveling of hills, debris, and even scuttled boats, which helped to stabilize the made land.
The bulkhead is not only a line recorded on city maps. It is also a series of physical retaining structures extending from Battery Place northward to 59th Street, built and re-built over time in sections. The section at West Thames Street was concrete with timber vertical piles and inclined bracing piles. The piers that once crowded the Hudson River shoreline of Lower Manhattan were largely removed in the late 1960s, and soil from the excavation for the First World Trade Center was used to create more new land, today’s Battery Park City. The historic bulkhead wall was buried at that time.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Man-Made Features. A significant historical year for this entry is 1871.
Location. 40° 42.475′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 99 Battery Pl, New York NY 10003, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Downtown Athletic Club (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The West Street Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); American Stock Exchange (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thomas Randall (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Cherub Gate (approx. 0.2 miles away); Birthplace of Columbia University (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Anne Frank Tree (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named American Stock Exchange (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Regarding Bulkhead Line Est. by Dept. of Docks in 1871.
View a NYPL map "The Changing Shoreline of New York City" with a "now and then" juxtaposition.
Link at http://spacetime.nypl.org/the-changing-shoreline-of-nyc/#battery-park-city
Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 1, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 52 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 1, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.