Monday, January 6, 2014

Parts of New York City Built On Ruins of English Cathedrals

From the Dec. 28, 2013, Gizmode/Australia by Geoff Manaugh.

Here is one aspect of the war you never consider, what happened to all the buildings that were destroyed by bombing?

Parts of Manhattan are built on the ruins of English towns, especially London, that were destroyed by the German Luftwaffe. The rubble was shipped across the Atlantic as ballast on ships returning from Europe.

New York City's FDR Drive was built along the east side of Manhattan, much of it English rubble fill.

So much in fact was dumped, that one area between 23rd and 34th streets became known as the "Bristol Basin," though it was primarily from London.

So, the "ruins of another city" are under a part of New York City. What makes this even more interesting is that NYC is not just another city built on top of a pre-existing city like many of the world's cities.

Just Something I Never thought About. --GreGen

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