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The New York That Could Have Been

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Source: The New Yorker

I met Lubell in lower Manhattan because the area proved to be central to his research. He and his co-author, Greg Goldin, have completed “Never Built New York,” a lushly illustrated compendium of almost two hundred utopian, dystopian, gargantuan, high-flying, and low-lying plans that never made it. ...

A superteam including Gordon Bunshaft, Wallace K. Harrison, and Edward Durell Stone (architects of Lever House, the Metropolitan Opera House, and 2 Columbus Circle, respectively) proposed putting the World Trade Center on the East River, in 1961, until the plan’s western partner, New Jersey, balked.

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