Left: A Floating Metropolis
A plan to create a new residential and commercial neighborhood on the site of the decaying Hudson River piers was first proposed in the early 1960s. Battery Park City is a remarkable technological achievement. To build it, 92 acres of Hudson River waterfront were filled with sand dredged from the bottom of Long Island Sound and dirt and rock excavated during construction of the World Trade Center. Apartment towers and office buildings, parks and playgrounds are all built on landfill, and the Esplanade stands on as enormous "sandwich," supported by pilings driven into the Hudson River bottom. The top of the "sandwich," either planting beds or pavement, is separated from the structural concrete platform below by three feet of soil and three feet of sand.
Right: Sailings, Sightings and Special Events
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