Can New York City Survive the Sea?
a talk by Ted Steinberg, author of Gotham Unbound
A post–Superstorm Sandy map designates a stunning 147 square miles of New York—nearly half of the entire city and encompassing nearly three million people—as a hurricane evacuation zone. Rising sea level will only complicate the coastal flooding problem. How did America’s largest city arrive at this perilous impasse? What has the city done in the past to address coastal flooding? And what was the response to Sandy? This lecture is based on Steinberg’s Gotham Unbound: The Ecological History of Greater New York, which Kirkus Reviews calls “a grand public service…examining the history of ‘one of the most drastically transformed natural environments in the world.’” Especially recommended for those who believe intellectuals ought to bear some responsibility for addressing contemporary problems.