New York is building a wall to hold back the ocean

  • Published: 10 June 2019
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  • Vox
    Vox   3 months back

    This piece was a collaboration with our sister-site, Curbed! Check out the original article here:

    And for more information on how to build a resilient city check out Alissa Walker’s piece

    - Kim

    • MICHGO1
      MICHGO1  2 weeks back


      LONNIE DOBBINS  3 months back

      @BLAIR M Schirmer
      Thank you!
      I wanted to read the comments and find someone that's actually thinking what all of this means.
      They're talking of building a wall around Staten Island Only. *What About The City?*
      What are they going to do for it?
      *Walls Are Impossible All Over The City!*
      They can raise homes up higher but not skyscrapers!
      Right now we need TOTAL Suspension Of All Emissions Just To Keep It From Being Worse. It's to late to stop it now.
      They need to think about moving.

  • Beau Biker
    Beau Biker  2 hours back

    Nature's way of getting rid of liberals.

    • bjorn joseph
      bjorn joseph  4 hours back

      It's to keep out illegal water

      • CT & MTA Railfan
        CT & MTA Railfan  4 hours back

        0:21 Staten Island is not a small borough. It is one of the largest boroughs in terms of land. Manhattan is the smallest borough in NYC in terms of land, but it is the largest in terms of population density.

        • Carys Williams
          Carys Williams  20 hours back

          I go to ny harbor school

          • Sofía
            Sofía  2 days back

            Everyone: how about we work together to try to solve climate change and avoid the end of the world

            America: Nah that’ll never work... walls on the other hand

            • Sofía
              Sofía  2 days back

              America will do anything to avoid addressing climate change

              • Donald J. Trump
                Donald J. Trump  4 days back

                I am going to build a great wall of New York's southern border, and I will make Bikini Bottom pay for it.

                • Friend of Tellus
                  Friend of Tellus  6 days back

                  Great idea !

                  • John Spinelli
                    John Spinelli  1 weeks back

                    Why dont we just take New York and push it somewhere else?

                    • Ankit Sonu
                      Ankit Sonu  1 weeks back

                      New York's solution is Similar to Trump's 😂😂

                      • Khushal Paherwar
                        Khushal Paherwar  1 weeks back

                        This is just gonna be another Jakarta situation

                        • livia
                          livia  1 weeks back

                          fun fact: when the dutch controlled nyc and was new amsterdam, wall street was an actual wall

                          • pauline palmer
                            pauline palmer  1 weeks back

                            I thought walls are bad.

                            • Tazmanian Devil
                              Tazmanian Devil  2 weeks back

                              I worked in Staten Island on the aftermath of hurricane Sandy! I was with the army corps of engineers removing the debris! And my humble opinion is that it could be also considered to do like the way Japan used in there coastline when typhoons hit their land! I can't remember the proper mame of it but i called them cement starts! There are gigantic in size and weight tons! They could be put across the shore line to at least minimise the waves before they impact the shore! Is just a thought!

                              • The King
                                The King  2 weeks back

                                Building a wall to protect us citizens? Thats racist.

                                • Edwin Cintron
                                  Edwin Cintron  1 weeks back

                                  😂🤣😂😁That's too hilarious.. I'm dying laughing lol... greatest comment here

                              • Jame Brooke
                                Jame Brooke  2 weeks back

                                What? NEW YORKERS for WALLS?? RACIST!

                                • Yogshaye Ramhota
                                  Yogshaye Ramhota  2 weeks back

                                  Nothing can defy the force of nature so why build a wall

                                  • Climate Satyagraha : The Power of Truth

                                    This is really sad. For every city that can afford to build a wall, there are alteast 10 which can't.
                                    But the one which can afford to is the one which is mostly responsible for the sea level rise.
                                    Stop this before its too late.

                                    • Blatio1
                                      Blatio1  3 weeks back

                                      Well NY'rs, per your logic, that makes you racist against the ocean.

                                      • Dota Game
                                        Dota Game  3 weeks back

                                        Just drink the water lol..

                                        • Leia Jiang
                                          Leia Jiang  3 weeks back

                                          And then one day it's gonna not work

                                          • Leia Jiang
                                            Leia Jiang  3 weeks back

                                            Solar energy

                                            • Dante Hyndman
                                              Dante Hyndman  3 weeks back

                                              “The democrats want open waterways and to let all illegal water inland”

                                              • Carlos García
                                                Carlos García  3 weeks back

                                                good luck

                                                • THEBIGMEOW
                                                  THEBIGMEOW  3 weeks back

                                                  Usa should stop oppressing others countries so God will not punish them with mere water 💦

                                                  • larrabeejl
                                                    larrabeejl  3 weeks back

                                                    Climate change 😂😂😂 complaining about houses flooding in a flood prone area where they dont belong then blaming climate change for humans stupidity.

                                                    • Ricky911
                                                      Ricky911  3 weeks back

                                                      A seawall?? Is this what's gonna happen to all coastal cities??Seriously, how about we actually start to care about climate change instead?

                                                      • Zacharius
                                                        Zacharius  3 weeks back

                                                        When those walls are built, can they add some mechanism to those walls that will use the kinetic energy of the ocean crashing into the walls to generate clean energy? Just an idea...but why not harness that energy...

                                                        • SeekerFantasy
                                                          SeekerFantasy  4 weeks back

                                                          they might be great, but why they didnt built detectors machines like japan did after 2011 tsunami?

                                                          • Amy Stambaugh
                                                            Amy Stambaugh  4 weeks back

                                                            "small borough of staten island", lol it's bigger than the bronx and manhattan

                                                            • Duke Edward
                                                              Duke Edward  1 months back

                                                              So building a wall to keep the ocean at bay is okay but building a wall in the southern states to keep the drugs guns and murderers at bay, is racist?

                                                              • katerina economou
                                                                katerina economou  1 months back

                                                                anyone more interested in the oyster solution (which wasn't properly explainted) should check out Kate Orf's "Oyster-tecture" project, and lectures. Very cool.

                                                                • Lumberjack king the great

                                                                  Too keep out the water Mexicans

                                                                  • Ivan Devčić
                                                                    Ivan Devčić  1 months back

                                                                    2017: "Let's build a wall at the border with Mexico"
                                                                    2019:"Let's build a wall at the New York coastline"

                                                                    • Samuel Cunningham
                                                                      Samuel Cunningham  1 months back


                                                                      • jon silveira
                                                                        jon silveira  1 months back

                                                                        wall street

                                                                        • Nathaniel Turner
                                                                          Nathaniel Turner  1 months back

                                                                          LOL but haven't you heard? Walls don't work and are immoral.

                                                                          • Steven Ratti
                                                                            Steven Ratti  1 months back

                                                                            Boy, conservatives Do love to inflate a mere talking point into a huge thing.

                                                                        • Dearon Tufankjian
                                                                          Dearon Tufankjian  1 months back

                                                                          How about we just start actually making big changes to our society. Building a wall won’t last too long. We need to get the world leaders together to sit down and find a way to decrease the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere!!!!!!!!

                                                                          • Archive -
                                                                            Archive -  1 months back

                                                                            Trump:I will build a Great Wall
                                                                            Me in New York:welp I guess he did it

                                                                            If I stole a comment then have a cookie :3🍪🍪

                                                                            • CJC
                                                                              CJC  1 months back

                                                                              BUILD THAT WALL AND LET THE HURRICANES PAY FOR IT! Now that’s what we have to do, after Hurricane Sandy’s and it’s impressive 15ft Storm Surge I got worried about climate change and more flooding events that could turn NY like Atlantis, building a sea wall at least 30 ft high around New York is a very good idea so when the big one comes with a even bigger storm surge then Sandy, where ready, New Orleans, Miami, and Huston should do the same!

                                                                              • trok 13
                                                                                trok 13  2 months back

                                                                                HAARP has alot more to do with climate change than people realize.. js

                                                                                • trok 13
                                                                                  trok 13  1 months back

                                                                                  @The Saxon also look into how Banksters threatened Japan w/an earthquake.. Clearly you don't know anything about HAARP.. if you did, you certainly wouldn't of commented what did. Have a nice day!

                                                                                • trok 13
                                                                                  trok 13  1 months back

                                                                                  @The Saxon oh wowww.. Look Into it, and the UN peace treaty of '76.. Btw, I don't even watch Alex Jones lol

                                                                              • Brandon Stennett
                                                                                Brandon Stennett  2 months back

                                                                                Hey ,favor could you guys explain the NO BAIL SWEDEN SITUATION ? would help us ASAP.

                                                                                • Lawke
                                                                                  Lawke  2 months back

                                                                                  Remember the Murphy's law : "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong".
                                                                                  And if I can give any advice to any New Yorker : If one day you hear about the Wall Street's headquarters planning to leave New York, then you should also leave quickly!

                                                                                  • André Yuri Vicente de Pádua

                                                                                    Sid Mier's Civilization VI INTENSIFFIES

                                                                                    • Meme Master
                                                                                      Meme Master  2 months back

                                                                                      Why don’t you just stop climate change while we still cannnnn

                                                                                    • Mateja Saric
                                                                                      Mateja Saric  2 months back

                                                                                      ooohhh boyyy more wallssss

                                                                                      • Deepak
                                                                                        Deepak  2 months back

                                                                                        2:08 thank me later