A New Jersey economics professor has implored newly sworn-in New York City Mayor Eric Adams to reshape Manhattan – by adding nearly 2,000 acres of artificial land to the borough’s southernmost tip.
In an opinion piece published by The New York Times on Friday, Rutgers University’s Jason Barr unveiled his grand plan, which would see 1,760 acres of landfill added just below Battery Park, effectively creating a new neighborhood in the City That Never Sleeps, complete with two subway lines, stores, apartments and parks.
In the public appeal, Barr christened the prospective area as ‘New Mannahatta’ – a tribute to the original name given by the Lenape tribe of Native Americans in the centuries before it was colonized.
Barr – a professor in the economics department – claims that the expansion would help quell dangerous floods spurred by climate change, while serving as a locale that could theoretically house rows of affordable-housing complexes.
The professor asserted that Adams could…