What's the solution to overcrowding? Creating more land, of course. At least that's what Dr. T. Kennard Thomson, a consulting engineer, proposed while considering New York City's population problem. His project entailed adding fifty square miles of land from the New York Bay, which would amount one hundred miles of new waterfront areas. With the addition of extra space, downtown would become midtown, putting City Hall at the center of "a really greater New York."
The black portions of this picture show the areas Thomson planned to recover from the harbor and East River, as well as the new East River he planned to carve inside Queens. With the original East River filled in, Brooklyn and Manhattan would become the new East and West Side, while the new rivers in Queens and Harlem would provide battleships with easy access to the Long Island Sound.
Sure, the project would cost more than the Panama Canal, but he figured that the added populace would contribute enough financial returns to justify the investment.
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