Archipelago Cities

Till the end of the nineteenth century, New York City was largely a water bound city. One had to take a boat to get anywhere within the archipelago, and hence one experienced the island – ness of the city physically. With the emergence of bridge and tunnel technologies, and the demise of its maritime prowess, New York’s archipelagic identity had receeded by the early 1920s. The 20th century was a century of territorially bound New York imaginings. Now, once again, New York is rethinking its identity as a coastal city.

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