New York: Water City

by Ann E. Seltz-Petrash, Production Editor; CIVIL ENGINEERING—ASCE, New York, N.Y.,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1979, Vol. 49, Issue 6, Pg. 83-87


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: New York's waterfront (some 584 miles) is its most impressive natural resource and its biggest management headache. In Manhattan, changes in waterfront technology (container shipping, for example) have resulted in large sections being vacant or used for parking cars, storage, etc. Contributing to the air of decay are abandoned waterfront structures and collapsed piers. New York, however, is fighting back. Through the efforts of the city's Department of Ports and Terminals and the federally funded Coastal Zone Management program staff, the Corps of Engineers, and various waterfront communities, New York is beginning the long process of cleaning up the waterfront and developing alternate uses for now vacant property. What else? New plans to bring jobs and industry to the Port of New York/New Jersey, such as: commercial fishing, offshore oil terminals on landfill islands, providing support services to the Georges Bank and Torrey Canyon Oil companies.

Subject Headings: Deterioration | Harbors | Land use | Management | New York | Offshore structures

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