And she’s right – it would never clear the lawsuits and environmental hurdles. Rebuilding the West Side Highway proved impossible because its construction was met, literally block-by-block, by law suits. The Coney Island boardwalk replacement was stymied for years by environmentalists demanding more studies on the impact that might be caused by replacing wood with plastic boards (and probably, the forced relocation of the rats and homeless types living under it). This is amusing because just last week a federal judge tossed out the opponents’ latest suit and this week Hurricane Sandy took matters into her own hands. Ha! But I digress.
It’s practically impossible to build anything new in New York City and certainly nothing in less than a decade, minimum – witness the “freedom Tower” down where the Trade Center once stood. Amazing to think that the Empire State Building took 18 months to assemble the land and complete. Eighteen months! Never again.