“Can he imagine the end of New York?”

1035x690-sandy-flooding-east-village-new-yorkAlthough I “believe” in climate change, I find it hard not to situate the apocalypticism of this Rolling Stone feature on climate change, sea level rise and sea wall plans within the long tradition of imagining the end of New York. The imagining is already done and collected into The City’s End: Two Centuries of Fantasies, Fears and Premonitions of New York’s Destruction  (New Haven: Yale UP, 2010).

That said, the Rolling Stone article is offers an interesting snapshot of the politics of the plans to build seawalls and protect real estate in downtown Manhattan.

The first two images are artist/designer impressions of the Big U. An “Art Wall” roof that functions as an awning in fine weather and a barrier in a storm. The second is of a Harbour Museum turning sea levels into an aesthetic object.

Art Wall_BigU Harbour Museum_BigU


and this final image is of a parking lot somewhere on Manhattan or Brooklyn, flooding during Hurricane Sandy.1035x816-water-flooding-sandy-

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