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.
Published by FLUID NEW YORK
Fluid New York documents how water connects cities and coastal societies across rivers and oceans. New York's ecological future is connected to other island cities, port cities and archipelagoes around the world. This blog is one thread in that wider conversation. May Joseph (author of Fluid New York, Duke University Press)