Battle against rising tides

New York: Extending Manhattan's shoreline into East River

Parts of Lower Manhattan in New York City are under threat from rising sea levels. In a move to counter the threat, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio in March unveiled a US$10 billion (S$13.9 billion) plan to extend Manhattan's shoreline two blocks into
Parts of Lower Manhattan in New York City are under threat from rising sea levels. In a move to counter the threat, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio in March unveiled a US$10 billion (S$13.9 billion) plan to extend Manhattan's shoreline two blocks into the East River.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

The Wall Street bankers who walk to their offices in the gleaming skyscrapers of New York may not want to be there in 2100.

By the turn of the century, higher tides caused by sea-level rises could submerge portions of Lower Manhattan's edge by up to 90cm a day, leaving any pedestrian still there waist-deep in water.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 26, 2019, with the headline 'Extending Manhattan's shoreline into East River'. Print Edition | Subscribe