On the Waterfront

Friday, June 28, 2013

A view from the Brooklyn Waterfront on September 11, 2011. (Sarah Kate Kramer/WNYC)

Justin Davidson, New York magazine’s architecture and classical music critic, discusses the New York City waterfront and Mayor Bloomberg’s resiliency plan. He The looks at the history of the city’s relationship to the waterfront, and argues that we should double down on developing it rather than retreat. Davidson's article "Liquid City" is in the July 1 issue of New York.


Justin Davidson

Comments [6]

Mark Dow from Brooklyn

Your guest says his Yiddish is "sketchy" but that he knows the Hasidic man was conducting business. Why? Because he used numbers in his conversation. He couldn't have been talking about sports scores or the year his daughter was born. Why? Because he's Hasidic, so he must have been "conducting business." And your guest prefaces the story by saying he eavesdropped because he's a "reporter."

Jun. 28 2013 12:39 PM
Julian from Manhattan

Mr. Davidson mentioned the extension of the 7 to 34th St. Unfortunately, the timing wasn't right, but we could have had a whole new Queens to Brooklyn Subway by extending the 7 to the Highline tracks and then going under at 14th St. to connect to the Canarsie line. Ironically, these tracks were third rail electrified when last used in the late 70s. Welded rail and speeds limited to 20 mph above ground would have made the trains very quiet, so as not to disturb the rich folk living around them. Instead, we have a park, and no transportation infrastructure for the future. The other comment above correctly points out that elevated rail is cheaper to construct than underground, especially if the trestles already exist.

Jun. 28 2013 12:37 PM

would not elevated train lines be built at a small fraction of the time and cost of underground train lines?

Jun. 28 2013 12:31 PM
Mollie from Kingston, NY

Richard Hake contributes to the to the untruths that surround Red Hook by saying "there's no way really to get there." Well, not if you don't walk, bike or take busses.

Jun. 28 2013 12:31 PM
Amy from Manhattan

The main thing about the Citibike rider Mr. Davidson passed is that it's a bad idea to talk on a cell phone while riding a bike. I thought bike riders in NY had to obey all the same traffic laws as drivers--shouldn't that include not using cell phones?

Jun. 28 2013 12:28 PM
rudeboy nyc from Williamsburg

It was a huge mistake/sellout allowing all this tower monstrosities being built right down at the Williamsburg Waterfront.
All in flood zone A!
The whole area from the East River to Kent Avenue should have turned into a Park (potential flooding area) like on the Manhattan side and towers should have only been allowed further inland. But money talks. Any responsible urban planing was sold out to developers! In a just world, heads would be rolling...

Jun. 28 2013 12:22 PM

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