The City That Never Was: Two Hundred Years of Fantastic and Fascinating Plans That Might Have Changed the Face of New York City

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For hundreds of years New Yorkers have been trying, with varying degrees of success, to change their city. Urban planner Shanor here looks at schemes and proposals that were never realized. Dividing the book into six sectionsstreets, public buildings, transportation, bridges, parks and monumentsshe offers an original and amusing perspective on the Big Apple's history. Picture zeppelins moored on the spire of the Empire State building, or a replica of a French World War I battlefieldcomplete with trenchesin Central Park. Imagine a wood-and-plaster "Victory Arch" in Times Square composed of palm fronds and "what looked like totem poles topped with bison heads." Consider the possiblility of a Brooklyn-Battery bridge , a 26-foot-high Torah scroll monument (proposed for Riverside Park), or a moving sidewalk on Broadwayone of the answers to the horse distemper epidemic of 1871. This carefully researched volume is thoroughly pleasant to read. Illustrated.
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