This month in real estate history: City tries to fill in blanks about landfill

1909: NYC eager to discover if it owns waterfront areas that were once under water

Waterfront property
Waterfront property

From the August issue: In an effort to lay claim to former waterfront property that was now terra firma along the East and Hudson rivers, the City of New York scoured old deeds not only locally but also in England and Holland, the city’s Law Department affirmed, 105 years ago this month.

The city spent several years trying to confirm whether it owned stakes in real estate created by landfill along the waterfront on Lower Manhattan’s East Side From Pearl Street to the water’s edge, between approximately the Brooklyn Bridge and the lower tip of Manhattan; and on the West Side from Greenwich Street to the water, from about Gansevoort Street to the Battery. [more]

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