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Kenneth T. Jackson, Jacques Barzun Professor in History and the Social Sciences at Columbia University and author of The Encyclopedia of New York City: Second Edition, talks about how New York recovered from previous disasters.
The worst of storms often coincide with moon tides. The tug of the extreme tide pulls, not just the ocean, but also the atmosphere, higher, to create lower-than-usual barometric pressures. Years ago, as the planks were lifted by waves from the fixed dock, an old timer told me that when the high tide turns, the wind will abate. And so it happened.
Happyland Fire in 1989?
The Hurricane of '38 had an 18 foot storm surge. It was local to the storm center on Long Island and largely missed NYC. Just luck.
Leonard, you need to correct your guest.. NYC does have a GREAT NATURAL Harbor.. But for all intent and purposes it is no longer used. This city could be a vibrant commercial center but our politicians and their real estate patrons have decided to turn their back on this natural harbor - Probably the first in all of human kind.
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